Coyotes travel to UNC after 54-23 loss

Coyotes travel to UNC after 54-23 loss South Dakota continues its schedule against ranked teams when the Coyotes travel to Greeley, CO Saturday to face Northern Colorado.

The Coyotes are coming off a 54-23 loss to No. 5 Nebraska-0maha last Saturday in Omaha, while the Bears were ranked No. 2 in the country before dropping a 24-16 game to undefeated North Dakota last week in Grand Forks.

The Coyotes and Nebraska-Omaha were tied 16-16 at halftime. USD had 177 yards in total offense in the first half and the Mavericks had 178. However, in the second half it was all Nebraska-Omaha with the Mavericks outgaining the Coyotes, 353-92. UNO generated 509 yards rushing.

Trailing 10-0 with 13:46 left in the second quarter, South Dakota got on the board at the 9:14 mark on a 46-yard field goal by Adam Hicks. The Coyotes got the ball right back when the Mavericks fumbled and it was recovered by Rory Triplett at the Maverick 35-yard line. Eight plays later it led to a 16-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Justice to Per Ostrem.

After Nebraska-Omaha went on top, 16-10, with the Mavericks' extra point attempt blocked by Kaseem Gaines, the Coyotes tied the game when they drove 65 yards in only three plays capped by 52-yard touchdown reception from Justice to Jamel White with 1:08 remaining in the second quarter.

In the second half Nebraska-Omaha outscored the Coyotes, 17-0, in the third quarter. With 1:20 showing in the fourth period, Justice recorded his third touchdown pass with a 27-yard aerial to Dustin Sagedahl.

Justice completed 11 of 18 passes in the game for 164 yards.

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