Coyotes defeat St. Cloud St.; White sets rushing record South Dakota head coach John Austin got his first North Central Conference win and USD's Jamel White set a single-game Coyote rushing record in USD's 43-22 win over St. Cloud State Saturday on Dakota Day.
White carried 30 times for 285 yards and he scored four touchdowns and had one receiving touchdown. White's 285 yards broke the school record of 280 set by Jared Schwenn against Augustana in 1995. He scored 30 points which tied the record held by Carl Johnson (1954 vs. NDSU) and Scott Jones (1986 vs. SDSU). His five touchdowns tied the mark also held by Carl Johnson and Scott Jones.
With 1,015 yards rushing on the season, White is 312 yards away from Steve Pelot's school record of 1,327 set in 1970.
The Coyotes, who improved to 2-4 and 1-3 in the NCC, finished with 484 total yards, including 388 yards rushing. Quarterback Peter Martin completed six of 15 passes for 61 yards and redshirt freshman Ryan Justice hit five of nine attempts for 62 yards.
White gave USD a quick 7-0 lead on a 60-yard run with 1:53 run in the first quarter. After St. Cloud State went on top, 13-7, the Coyotes assumed a 14-13 margin with 1:42 left in the first period on White's one-yard run.
Adam Hicks booted field goals covering 19 and 43 yards that gave USD a 20-13 lead with 5:02 left in the second period. His second field goal was set up when Coyote linebacker Josh Stamer picked off a pass and returned it four yards to the Husky 30.
Three minutes later White put the Coyotes on top, 27-13, with a 32-yard pass reception from Justice. The scoring drive started at the St. Cloud 43-yard line following a 15-yard punt by the Huskies.
White, who had a 54-yard run early in the third quarter that eventually led to his one-yard touchdown run giving the Coyotes a 34-16 margin, scored on a seven-yard run with five seconds showing in the period as the Coyotes pulled away with a 41-16 cushion.
Devin Harvey returned a two-point conversion pass attempt by the Huskies late in the fourth quarter for the 43-22 final score.
The Coyote defense held the Huskies to 298 total yards, including only 88 yards rushing. Rory Triplett and Scott Larson paced USD with seven tackles apiece. Josh Stamer finished with six tackles, two tackles for losses, one quarterback sack, a forced fumble and he returned an interception four yards. Brent Batterman and Ben Lafleur had one sack apiece.