Augustana tops Coyotes 17-0

Augustana tops Coyotes 17-0 South Dakota fell behind Augustana, 17-0, with 11:32 left in the second quarter en route to a 27-20 loss to the Vikings last Saturday in Sioux Falls. The Coyotes, who dropped their fifth consecutive game, fell to 3-5 overall and 1-5 in the North Central Conference. USD travels to Grand Forks this Saturday to take on North Dakota. The Sioux improved to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the league after a 31-28 overtime win over St. Cloud State.

Facing a 17-point deficit, South Dakota rallied and tied the game at 17-17 with 5:23 remaining in the third quarter on three successive scores. The Coyotes got on the scoreboard first when they went 62 yards in six plays capped by Peter Martin's five-yard touchdown pass to Eric Porisch. Augustana fumbled on its next possession and Matt Skiff recovered at the USD 44. The Coyotes then drove 24 yards in eight plays leading to Adam Hicks' 51-yard field goal with 1:26 showing in the first half.

The Coyotes' first possession of the third quarter took nearly six minutes when USD marched 84 yards in 15 plays resulting in a one-yard touchdown plunge by Jamel White. It was USD's first rushing touchdown in 17 quarters.

Early in the fourth quarter the Coyotes were forced to punt deep in their own territoy. Augustana got good field position at the USD 40 and it led to a one-yard touchdown run for a 24-17 Viking lead.The Coyotes closed the deficit to 24-20 with 6:55 left in the game on Hicks' 22-yard field goal. The 69-yard drive was sparked by Martin's 53-yard completion to Tim Squier with USD facing a second-and-10 at the Coyote 26-yard line. Augustana answered and used four minutes off the clock for a 27-20 lead on a 26-yard field goal. The Vikings then clinched the win when Martin was intercepted with 1:30 remaining in the game.

South Dakota finished with 329 yards in total offense. Martin completed 19 of 36 passes for 245 yards. White was USD's leading rusher with 49 yards. Augustana collected 459 total yards with 261 yards rushing and 198 yards passing. Philip Wilson paced the Coyote defense with 10 tackles. Nathan Lake had nine tackles with seven apiece for Skiff and Matt Chatham.

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