USD blanks Morningside; hosts SDSU on Saturday With 4:26 remaining in the third period, the University of South Dakota Coyotes used 15 plays to drive 93 yards. Jamal White, pictured above, was stopped just short of the goal line, but on the next play made a one-yard plunge to give the Coyotes a 14-0 lead. The final score was 21-0. South Dakota allowed Morningside only 97 yards in total offense en route to a 21-0 win over the Mustangs Saturday in Vermillion before 3,742 fans.
The Coyotes improved to 3-6 overall and 2-5 in the NCC, while Morningside had its two-game winning streak snapped as the Mustangs fell to 3-6 and 2-5 in the league
The Coyotes collected 392 total yards led by 235 yards rushing. Jamel White had 38 carries for 196 yards which improved his season total to 1,458 yards. He broke Steve Pelot's 1970 school rushing record of 1,327. White also scored two touchdowns to raise his season point total to 19 touchdowns and 114 points. Pelot holds the records for touchdowns (20) and points (122) in a season set in 1970.
South Dakota, which tossed its first shutout since blanking Morningside, 22-0, in 1997, will host South Dakota State this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Coyotes close the season Nov. 13 at Minnesota State-Mankato.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Coyotes went on top, 7-0, on White's one-yard touchdown run with 3:10 left in the second quarter. The drive, which went 69 yards in eight plays, was keyed by a pair of runs covering 20 and 31 yards by White. With 4:26 remaining in the third period, the Coyotes used 15 plays to drive 93 yards for a 14-0 lead on White's one-yard plunge. White had a 26-yard run, and quarterback Ryan Justice connected for completions of 19 yards to John Kayl and an 11-yarder to Mike Weister. In the fourth quarter, Justice hit Jesse Haines with a 14-yard touchdown pass and a 21-0 lead. For the game, Justice completed 12 of 28 for 157 yards.
The Mustangs were held to four first downs and 38 yards rushing. Josh Stamer and Bruce Davis led the USD defense with five tackles apiece. Wyatt Haines, Lee Bunge and James Terwilliger notched four tackles apiece. Davis and Wade Mitchell each intercepted a pass, and the Coyotes had three quarterback sacks paced by Stamer's two sacks and one by Bunge. The Coyotes, who had 21 first downs, controlled the football for 36:22 compared to 23:38 for Morningside. USD ran off 79 offensive plays to the Mustangs' 48.