Coyotes to host St. Cloud after loss to ND South Dakota will entertain St. Cloud State this Saturday at 12 noon for Parents' Day in the final regular-season home game of the season.
The Coyotes, who travel to North Dakota State Nov. 14 in the season finale, dropped a 33-14 game to No. 7 North Dakota last Saturday in Grand Forks.
After a scoreless first quarter, South Dakota got on the scoreboard first with 7:48 left in the second period on Phillip Meehan's one-yard touchdown run. The drive, which went 66 yards in 15 plays, included a seven-yard pass completion to Meehan on a fake field goal attempt when USD was facing a fourth-and-six at the Sioux 24-yard line.
North Dakota answered with a 10-play, 66-yard drive for a 7-7 score and that's the way the first half ended. The Sioux grabbed a 14-7 margin with 4:50 showing in the third quarter on a two-yard touchdown run. Like UND, the Coyotes came right back and marched 78 yards in 10 plays to the Sioux three-yard line. However, USD's drive stalled at the three when a fourth-down pass resulted in an eight-yard loss.
In the fourth quarter, North Dakota used long scoring drives covering 89 yards and 91 yards for a 26-7 lead with 4:07 remaining in the game. The Coyotes cut the deficit to 26-14 with 3:47 showing on Peter Martin's 62-yard touchdown pass to Darren Smith. But, the Sioux came back with a 42-yard touchdown run 15 seconds later for a 33-14 margin and the win.
South Dakota finished with 310 yards in total offense. Martin completed 19 of 40 attempts for 261 yards. Smith led USD with six receptions for 137 yards which set a USD single-game record for most yards receiving in a game by a running back. Meehan held the previous mark of 133.
The Coyotes were held to 49 net yards rushing led by Jamel White's 53. North Dakota had a balanced attack with 200 yards passing and 219 yards rushing, including five rushing touchdowns.
South Dakota's defense was led by Andre Fields and Nathan Lake with nine tackles apiece. Philip Wilson had eight tackles with five apiece for Matt Skiff, Matt Chatham and Devin Harvey.