Coyote football team hits on all cylinders to defeat Truman State

Coyote football team hits on all cylinders to defeat Truman State USD moves to 2-0 on young season with 38-14 win.

In a very real sense, the tables were turned on Saturday night, Sept. 9, as The University of South Dakota Coyotes (2-0) registered their third straight victory and their second win this season in a 38-14 win over visiting Truman State (1-1) before 4,635 in the DakotaDome.

Coming into the game, Truman State had registered 35 points while the Coyotes scored 17 in their season opener. But after Truman grabbed a 14-10 lead, South Dakota's defense and offense stepped up. USD outscored Truman State 28-0 in the final three quarters as the Coyotes registered their highest scoring output since scoring 43 against St. Cloud State last year during the Dakota Days game.

Trailing by four in the second quarter, South Dakota's senior fullback Mike Weister of Marshfield, WI took a 22 yard pass from sophomore quarterback Ryan Justice of Harlan, IA into the end zone with 8:19 left in the second quarter. Then in the third quarter senior kicker Adam Hicks of Sioux Falls nailed a 33-yard field goal before Weister had a 15 yard scoring run with 13:02 left in the fourth quarter. Hicks hit his third straight field goal, a 41-yard boot at the 8:27 mark in the fourth quarter. Then freshman Dusty Stamer of Grand Island, NE electrified the DakotaDome with a 79-yard scoring run near the end of the game.

In a heavy scoring first quarter, Hicks had a 20 yard field goal with 12:41 to go in the first

quarter and Stamer had a six yard scoring run with 4:17 left in the first quarter that gave the Coyotes a 10-7 lead. Following Hicks' field goal, Alphonso Pugh of Truman State had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Then with just 17 seconds left in the opening quarter, Kevin Collins caught a 38 yard touchdown pass from Bulldog quarterback Eric Howe, his fifth scoring strike of the season.

For a while, it looked like an offensive shootout was in place but the Coyote defense had other ideas. Time and time again, they intercepted Howe or hurried his throws because of a strong pass rush. Stopping the rush was a key for the Coyotes as they limited Truman State to just two yards rushing on 25 attempts. Howe completed 22 of 41 passes for 217 yards and had three passes picked off. He was sacked twice by a heavy Coyote pass rush.

Overall the Coyotes limited the pass-heavy Truman State attack to 264 yards passing and

registered five interceptions, including a career-high two picks by Rory Triplett, a senior

from Iowa City, IA. The defense also recovered a fumble to give the Coyotes six totals takeaways. Senior linebacker Josh Stamer of Sutherland, IA had 11 tackles including six unassisted stops and three tackles for losses.

Justice had another steady game calling signals for the Coyotes. He completed 11 of 22

passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. Justice and Stamer connected on a 52-yard pass, the Coyotes' longest pass play of the season. Hicks, who was 1 of 3 last week on field goals in the win over Missouri Western State, hit all three of his field goal attempts and three extra points.

Stamer, whose two touchdowns gave him three on the season, had 139 yards in 14 carries for an outstanding 9.9 average. Sophomore tailback Kary Gantt of Davenport, IAhad 17 rushes for 47 yards and Weister had five carries for 28 yards. Stamer also led the receiving corps with three catches for 89 yards while Weister had four catches for 49 yards. The Coyotes also got another great game from punter Filip Filipovic, who had seven punts for a 48.3 average and a long of 55 yards.

The Coyotes next game is Sept. 16. They will play next weekend in Grand Forks, ND to face the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota.

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