USD falls to state; Coyotes travel Nov. 13 South Dakota and South Dakota State combined for 954 yards in total offense as the Jackrabbits posted a come-from-behind 43-30 win over the Coyotes Saturday. USD, which is at Minnesota State-Mankato this Saturday, fell to 3-7 and 2-6 in the league.
The Coyotes, who had 527 yards in total offense but had four turnovers, held a 30-28 lead with 56 seconds left in the third period after Jamel White's two-yard scoring run.
In the fourth quarter, SDSU's Josh Ranek escaped for a 53-yard touchdown run as the Jackrabbits moved on top, 36-30, with 1:54 left in the game. Then 12 seconds later, SDSU's Casey Hillman returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown and a 43-30 margin en route to the win.
White attempted 32 rushes for 120 yards and Mike Weister had six carries for 73 yards. Quarterback Ryan Justice completed 21 of 37 for a collegiate high 326 yards. White caught six passes for 105 yards and Weister hauled in four for 113 yards. White set USD season records for touchdowns (21) and points (126).
SDSU jumped out to a 7-0 lead on Ranek's three-yard run with 6:05 left in the first quarter. USD tied it on White's four-yard effort with 2:05 left in the period. With 11:45 in the second quarter, Weister caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Justice for a 14-7 lead. But, Ranek's 66-yard TD run knotted the game at 14-14 with 10:39 in the second period. SDSU moved on top, 21-14, on Ranek's 11-yard run at the 7:47 mark, but the Coyotes tied the game at the close of the half at 21-21 on an 18-yard scoring pass from Justice to Jeremiah Charlson.
USD took a 24-21 lead on Adam Hicks' 18-yard field goal early in the third quarter, but SDSU took advantage of a USD fumble and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown for a 28-24 margin with 7:40 left in the third quarter. After White's two-yard run that gave USD a short-lived 30-28 lead, the stage was set for SDSU's comeback.