South Dakota State cruises past Division II Lindenwood in home opener

No. 2-ranked Jackrabbits score on first eight drives

South Dakota State tight end Zach Heins catches a pass for a touchdown during the Jackrabbits' game against Lindenwood Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 at Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

BROOKINGS -- South Dakota State scored touchdowns on its first five possessions and recorded points on the first eight drives of the game in a dominant 52-7 win over Division II Lindenwood (Mo.) Saturday night in the Jacks’ home opener.

SDSU moved the ball at will for 560 yards in the game, including 426 yards in the first half and held Lindenwood to just 56 yards in the first 30 minutes of the game. All in all, the Jackrabbits averaged 9.2 yards per play and had 330 rushing yards, including a pair of 100-yard games for Pierre Strong (110 yards on seven carries) and Amar Johnson (105 yards on 15 attempts).

South Dakota State's Chris Oladokun throws a pass during the Jackrabbits' game against Lindenwood Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 at Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

SDSU’s tight ends were the beneficiaries of Chris Oladokun’s four-touchdown night through the air. Tucker Kraft and Zach Heins each had two touchdowns in the win for the Jackrabbits, who had eight different receivers make receptions.


Oladokun was 12-for-14 passing for 171 yards in the win. As a unit, with backups Keaton Heide and Rudy Voss, SDSU was 16-for-20 passing for 230 yards, and for the second straight week, SDSU did not commit a turnover.

Heins had back-to-back touchdown catches in the first quarter to help put SDSU up 21-0, with Kraft then following with the next two touchdowns. A Cole Frahm career-long 54-yard field goal put SDSU up 38-0 and a touchdown connection between Heide and Mason Leighton had SDSU up 45-0 at intermission.

The victory did come at a price for SDSU, with standout running back Isaiah Davis injured in the first half. He returned to the sideline with his arm in a sling.

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at
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