Coyotes close football season with victory

Coyotes close football season with victory South Dakota finished the 1999 season on a winning note with a 35-29 victory over Minnesota State-Mankato in Mankato, MN Saturday.

The Coyotes closed the season 4-7 overall and 3-6 in the North Central Conference.

The Coyotes rallied from a 17-7 halftime deficit. On USD's second possession of the third quarter, the Coyotes drove 80 yards in eight plays capped by Jamel White's five-yard touchdown run and a 17-14 deficit with 7:13 left in the period. It would be the only score for either team in the third quarter.

South Dakota put 21 points on the board in the fourth quarter. USD grabbed the lead for good at 21-17 with 12:33 showing in the period when White ended a 64-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. After forcing the Mavericks to punt, the Coyotes got the ball back and immediately assumed a 28-17 lead when quarterback Ryan Justice connected with Kary Gantt for a 62-yard touchdown pass.

After the Mavericks closed the deficit to 28-23 with 5:22 left in the game, White scored his third touchdown of the game with a seven-yard run to give the Coyotes a 35-23 cushion with 3:25 remaining.

White, who rushed for 108 yards in the fourth quarter, finished with 229 yard rushing on 32 carries. Mike Weister had 35 yards on three attempts. Justice, who gave the Coyotes a 7-0 lead with a three-yard run with 6:14 left in the first quarter, completed seven of 13 passes for 128 yards.

White established 11 school records this season, including yards rushing (1,807), touchdowns (24 – 19 rushing, five receiving), all-pupose yards (2,447), scoring in a season (144 points), yards rushing in a game (285), touchdowns in a game (five), points in a game (30), most games rushing for 100 yards in a season (10), most games 200 yards rushing in a season and career (three) and most yards receiving by a running back in a season (640).

Minnesota State-Mankato outgained the Coyotes with 591 yards in total offense compared to 396 for USD. The Coyotes averaged 7.6 yards per play and the Mavericks generated 6.2. MSU had 390 yards passing.

Leading the Coyote defense was Kory Ebel with 11 tackles. USD, which handed out nine quarterback sacks for 54 yards in losses, got nine tackles from Scott Larson and eight by Ryan Winters. Larson had three sacks for 15 yards in losses. Kaseem Gaines, Josh Stamer and Raj Clark had seven tackles apiece.

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