Coyotes eye Augustana after loss

Coyotes eye Augustana after loss South Dakota will open its North Central Conference road schedule this Saturday in Sioux Falls against Augustana with a 1 p.m. kickoff. The Coyotes return home Oct. 9 against St. Cloud State for Dakota Day.

The Coyotes are coming off a 45-14 loss to North Dakota State last Saturday. NDSU came up with some big plays and it took advantage of five USD turnovers.

Jamel White gave USD a quick 7-0 lead with an 83-yard touchdown run with 13:23 showing in the first quarter. However, the Bison answered three minutes later when they intercepted a pass and it led to a 24-yard touchdown run for a 7-7 score. Late in the first quarter the Coyotes were forced to punt deep in their own territory and NDSU took over at the USD 32.

Four plays later the Bison went on top, 14-7, on a seven-yard touchdown run with 44 seconds left in the period.

Early in the second quarter the Bison went ahead, 21-7, on a 58-yard touchdown pass at the 14:36 mark. On USD's next possession the Coyotes punted and the Bison returned the kick 52 yards for a touchdown for a 28-7 margin with 12:40 left in the first half. USD took over once more and on first-and-10 at its own 27 the Coyotes fumbled which led to a 45-yard field goal that give the Bison a 31-7 advantage.

South Dakota closed out the second quarter with a 41-yard drive in four plays capped by White's three-yard touchdown run that cut the deficit to 31-14.

The Bison intercepted a pass on USD's first possession of the third quarter and NDSU took over at its own 18-yard line. The Bison then went 82 yards in 13 plays for a one-yard touchdown run and a 38-14 lead. NDSU increased its margin to 45-14 when the Coyotes fumbled and the Bison took over at USD's 33 which resulted in a six-yard touchdown run.

The Coyotes finished with 257 total yards. USD rushed for 143 yards led by White's 173 yards on 30 carries. Peter Martin completed eight of 20 passes for 114 yards. Per Ostrem, John Kayl and Steve Young had two receptions apiece. NDSU finished with 409 total yards with 251 rushing and 158 passing.

Devin Harvey paced the Coyote defense with 11 tackles, including three tackles for losses. Josh Stamer and Joe Anderson had seven tackles apiece. USD notched five quarterback sacks. Bill Gassen had two sacks with one apiece for Harvey, Raj Clark and Brent Batterman.

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