Coyotes lose to Augustana; will host St. Cloud South Dakota looks to snap a three-game losing streak when the Coyotes play host to St. Cloud State Saturday with a 3 p.m. kickoff in the Dakota Day game.
The Coyotes are 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the North Central Conference after a 35-21 loss to Augustana last Saturday in Sioux Falls. After St. Cloud State, USD is on the road for two weeks at Nebraska-Omaha and Northern Colorado.
Turnovers again hampered the Coyotes. USD suffered four miscues and three led to Viking touchdowns.
In the game's first possession the Coyotes drove 41 yards to Augustana's 29-yard line. However, Peter Martin was sacked and the Vikings recovered the fumble at the 26. Augustana then went 74 yards in eight plays for a touchdown. The Coyotes answered quickly on their next series when Jamel White broke loose for a 50-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7 with 6:39 left in the first quarter.
The Coyote defense came up with successive key plays toward the end of the first period. The first came when Kaseem Gaines prevented a Viking touchdown when he intercepted a pass in the endzone and returned it 38 yards with 3:59 showing. After USD was forced to punt, Augustana took over at its own 23. On second down the Vikings fumbled after a 14-yard gain and it was recovered by Josh Stamer. Sparked by a 38-yard run by White, the Coyotes went on top,14-7, on White's two-yard touchdown run as the opening quarter ended.
South Dakota assumed a 21-7 lead on their second possession of the second quarter. Taking over at their own 42, the Coyotes drove 58 yards in seven plays capped by a 27-yard scoring pass from White to Jeremiah Charlson at the 3:28 mark. Other key plays in the drive were a 12-yard rush by Martin and Martin's 18-yard pass to White.
Augustana, however, regained some momentum when it closed the first half with a 73-yard drive in seven plays for a 21-14 hafltime deficit. The Vikings were aided by pass completions covering 15 and 19 yards and a 32-yard run.
The Vikings deadlocked the game at 21-21 with an eight-yard touchdown pass on their second possession of the third quarter when they put together a 14-play, 68-yard drive that took just over six minutes.
The Coyotes came right back and marched to the Viking 30. But, the scoring threat stalled when Augustana recovered a fumble on second down at the 28.
Augustana, taking advantage of a 16-yard punt return, took over at its own 45 with 11:38 left in the third quarter. The Vikings went 55 yards in just six plays with the final play being a 16-yard touchdown pass for a 27-21 margin.
With 9:17 remaining in the game the Coyotes had the ball at their own 27. Driving to the 41, USD fumbled and the Vikings recovered at the Coyote 45. Four plays later, Augustana assumed a 35-21 advantage with an eight-yard touchdown pass.
Augustana finished with 565 yards in total offense with 247 rushing and 318 passing. The Coyotes collected 387 total yards led by 200 yards rushing. White rushed 24 times for 153 yards and Martin completed 17 of 30 passes for 160 yards. White, who caught nine passes for 65 yards, has had five consecutive 100-yard rushing games � one short of tying the school record for most games with 100 yards rushing in one season.
Raj Clark paced the Coyote defense with nine tackles. Bruce Davis and Wyatt Haines had seven tackles apiece. Stamer recovered a fumble and intercepted along with three tackles. Scott Larson notched six tackles and he recovered a fumble.