USD Coyotes fall to SDSU Jackrabbits

USD Coyotes fall to SDSU Jackrabbits South Dakota State scored on the opening kickoff en route to a 24-10 win over South Dakota in the 100th meeting between the two schools last Saturday in Brookings.

The Coyotes lost their second straight and fell to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the North Central Conference. The Jackrabbits snapped their three-game losing streak and improved to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the NCC.

South Dakota travels to Greeley, CO this Saturday to face 5-0 Northern Colorado. The Bears are the two-time defending national champions.

For the third week in a row the Coyotes were outgained in total yards and in time of possession. South Dakota Sate collected 409 yards and the Coyotes 232.

The Jackrabbits had 268 yards rushing, led by redshirt freshman Josh Ranek's 218. SDSU had 141 yards passing with 11 completions out of 15 attempts.

The Coyotes had 99 yards rushing and 133 passing. Over the last three games, USD has averaged 24:56 of possession time compared to 35:04 for the opposition.

Trailing 7-0, the Coyotes answered with 1:57 left in the first quarter on Adam Hicks' 41-yard field goal which capped off a 32-yard drive in seven plays. The Jackrabbits moved on top 21-3 before the Coyotes cut the margin to 21-10 with 12:30 remaining in the third quarter on Peter Martin's three-yard touchdown pass to Darren Smith.

With SDSU ahead, 24-10, the Coyotes punted and pinned the Jackrabbits on their own one-yard line as the fourth quarter opened. However, SDSU moved the ball to the USD 40 using 16 plays and nearly 10 minutes off the clock before punting. The Coyotes had one more possession and were forced to punt.

Jamel White had a season-high 53 yards rushing on 13 carries to lead the Coyote running attack. Phillip Meehan rushed seven times for 18 yards, while catching three passes for 70 yards.

Martin completed three of seven passes for 71 yards, while Brian Litecky connected on six of 13 for 62 yards.

Defensively, Philip Wilson led USD with 20 tackles. Brad Worth had 12 stops and Devin Harvey had eight. Andre Fields and Matt Chatham notched seven tackles apiece.

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