Montana tops Coyotes in opener

Montana tops Coyotes in opener South Dakota travels to Truman State Saturday, Sept. 11 looking for the first win of the season after the Coyotes fell to Division 1-AA Montana last Saturday, 45-13

Montana was sparked by big plays. Three of the Grizzlies' touchdowns came from passes covering 44, 31 and 32 yards, repectively. Montana also scored on a 17-yard touchdown pass. The Grizzlies blocked a punt for a touchdown and they also recorded a safety.

Jamel White gave the Coyotes a 7-6 lead with 11:22 left in the first quarter when he caught a 63-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Peter Martin. Adam Hicks rounded out USD's scoring with a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 23-yard boot in the third period.

The Coyotes, who held the ball for 36:31 compared to 23:29 for Montana, finished with 278 yards in total offense with 79 yards rushing and 199 yards passing. The Grizzlies finished with 471 total yards, including 393 yards passing.

White carried 25 times for 101 yards for a 4.0 per carry average. He also caught seven passes for 118 yards which translated into 219 yards of total offense. The last time a Coyote running back rushed for 100 yards in a game was 1998 when Darren Smith notched 114 yards on only eight carries (14.2 avg.) against Truman State.

Martin completed 17 of 31 attempts for 199 yards. Martin, who has 21 career touchdown passes after his 63-yard aerial to White, ranks eighth all-time in USD history for passing yards with 2,879.

Junior strong safety Wade Mitchell and senior linebacker Wyatt Haines led the Coyotes defense with seven tackles apiece. Redshirt freshman linebacker Scott Gordon and junior linebacker Josh Stamer each recovered a fumble, while junior cornerback Kaseem Gaines blocked two field goal attempts.

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