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South Dakota college football roundup: Jackrabbits move to No. 5 in latest polls, travel to Western Illinois on Saturday

Coming off a 30-23 win over in-state rival the University of South Dakota, the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits (8-2) will look to add another win to its current three-game winning streak on Saturday.

Coming off a 30-23 win over in-state rival the University of South Dakota, the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits (8-2) will look to add another win to its current three-game winning streak on Saturday.

The Jackrabbits will have a tough test as they head to Macomb, Ill. to take on Western Illinois (5-5) in the final game of the regular season for both teams.

Free safety Nick Farina was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts against USD. Farina recorded a career-high 10 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown.

The Jacks are holding their opponents to 15 points per game. On offense, SDSU is averaging 409 yards per game and 30 points per game. Quarterbacks Zach Lujan and Taryn Christion continue to split time at signal caller. Lujan has thrown for 1,615 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Christion has completed 60 percent of his passes. Wide receiver Jake Wieneke has caught 57 passes for 1,226 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Western Illinois is coming off a 37-30 win in overtime over Indiana State last Saturday. The Leathernecks are allowing 31 points per game to its opponents and 400 yards of total offense. Running back Nikko Watson has carried the ball 182 times for 840 yards and 12 touchdowns for Western Illinois this season,

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Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium.

University of South Dakota (5-5) at Illinois State (8-2)

NORMAL, Ill. - The University of South Dakota will travel to No. 5 Illinois State on Saturday for its last game of the regular season.

The Coyotes are coming off a 30-23 loss to its in-state rival, South Dakota State last Saturday in Vermillion. Freshman running back Michael Fredrick rushed 31 times for 151 yards, while quarterback Ryan Saeger was 26-for-46 and 266 yards, throwing a touchdown and two interceptions in the conference matchup.

USD is averaging more than 360 yards of total offense thus far in the 2015 season. Saeger has completed 57.9 percent of his passes, passing for 1,960 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The signal caller has also carried the ball 112 times for 351 yards and three touchdowns.

Illinois State is averaging 34.2 points per game and 417.3 yards of total offense per game. Running back Marshaun Coprich has been the leader for the Redbird offense, rushing for 1,469 yards and 16 touchdowns. Wide receiver Anthony Warrum has caught 43 passes for 1,031 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Kickoff is set for noon at Hancock Stadium and the game will be aired on ESPN3.

University of Sioux Falls (9-2) at Henderson State (Ark.) (10-1)

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ARKADELPHIA, Ark. - In a record-breaking year, No. 16 University of Sioux Falls will make its first-ever NCAA D-II playoff appearance on Saturday as they travel to Arkansas to take on No. 8 Henderson State on Saturday.

Last weekend, the Cougars walloped Upper Iowa by a final of 69-20 to punch its ticket to the playoffs. Quarterback Luke Papilion dominated as he rushed for 65 yards on 10 carries and passing for 331 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Kyle Groeneweg hauled in eight catches for 130 yards and a score.

Sioux Falls is averaging 41.5 points per game and 476 yards of total offense. Papilion leads the rushing and passing categories with 787 yards on the ground and six touchdowns, while passing for 2,905 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Henderson State is making its third playoff appearance in the last four years. The Reddies are coming off a 21-17 victory over Ouachita Baptist University last Saturday. Henderson State is allowing just 14 points per game to its opponents, while averaging 372 yards of total offense. Running back Jaquan Cole has rushed for 1,009 yards on 173 carries and seven touchdowns.

Kickoff is set for noon at Carpenter/Haygood Field.

Augustana University (9-2) at Humboldt State University (Calif.) (9-1)

ARCATA, Calif. - In its first Division II playoff appearance since 2010, No. 24 Augustana will travel to California to take on No. 12 Humboldt State in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday.

The Vikings are coming off a 76-21 victory over Concordia-St. Paul at home last weekend. Quarterback Trey Heid was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for a career-high 479 yards and five touchdowns.

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Augustana is averaging 42 points per game, while picking up 477 yards of total offense per game. Running back CJ Ham has eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark with 1,107 yards on 219 carries and 15 touchdowns. Heid has completed 66 percent of his passes for 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Wide receiver Charlie Hayes has caught 69 passes for 1,073 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Humboldt State is coming off a 29-13 victory over Western Oregon last weekend. The Jacks are averaging 44 points per game while allowing only 17 points per game to its opponents. Humboldt State is averaging 493 yards of total offense. Running back Ja'Quan Gardner has recorded 1,996 yards on the ground with 23 touchdowns, while quarterback Robert Webber is 138-for-237 and 1,681 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Redwood Bowl.

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