Coyotes fall short � 35-27 against UNC South Dakota gave Northern Colorado all it could handle before falling to the fifth-ranked Bears, 35-27, last Saturday in Greeley, CO.
The Coyotes, who are 2-6 and 1-5 in the North Central Conference, host Morningside Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Coyotes dominated the stat sheet with 474 yards in total offense compared to 402 for the Bears. USD had 30 first downs to UNC's 21, and the Coyotes had a possession time of 37:23 while the Bears used 22:37.
South Dakota, which turned in 85 offensive plays to UNC's 61, was led offensively by Jamel White and Ryan Justice. White carried 31 times for 201 yards and he caught four passes for 85 yards. White, who scored three touchdowns, tied a season and career record with his second 200-yard rushing game of the season. He also increased his season rushing total to 1,262 yards – only 66 yards shy of breaking Steve Pelot's school record of 1,327 set in 1970.
Justice, in his first collegiate start at quarterback, completed 18 of 34 passes for 223 yards. Besides White, Justice had four completions each to Jeremiah Charlson (50 yards) and Steve Young (21 yards). Rory Triplett led the USD defense with eight tackles. Scott Larson, Wade Mitchell and Raj Clark had six tackles apiece. Larson had two quarterback sacks with one apiece for James Terwilliger and Ryan Winters.
Trailing, 7-0, the Coyotes got on the board at the 7:44 mark on a 19-yard field goal by Adam Hicks. Late in the first quarter, USD fumbled at its own 10-yard line and the Bears went on top, 14-3, one play later as the first quarter ended.
White's four-yard touchdown run for a 14-10 deficit at the 12:36 mark of the second quarter. However, the Bears answered on their next series with a 58-yard drive in eight plays for a 21-10 lead.
USD narrowed the gap to 21-13 at the end of the first half on Hicks' 35-yard field goal. The drive was keyed by runs of 11 and 19 yards by White and White's 18-yard pass reception.
The Coyotes opened the third quarter and used 17 plays and 7:07 off the clock before missing a 47-yard field goal. UNC came right back and went 70 yards in seven plays for a touchdown and a 28-13 advantage with 6:03 left in the period.
In a game of sustained drives, USD pulled to within, 28-20, with 2:32 left in the third quarter on White's two-yard touchdown run which concluded an 82-yard drive in eight plays. White had runs of 13, 18 and 13 yards and Mike Weister caught a 22-yard pass from Justice.
The Coyotes missed a 54-yard field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter and UNC came back with a 64-yard drive and a touchdown for a 35-20 lead with 5:55 remaining. USD, sparked by a 37-yard kickoff return by Eric Tarasewicz, responded quickly on it next series when White hauled in a 52-yard touchdown pass from Justice for a 35-27 deficit with 5:24 left. The Bears then held off the Coyotes when they used 4:46 off the clock to improve their record to 7-1.