Coyotes lose to Minnesota State-Mankato

Coyotes lose to Minnesota State-Mankato Minnesota State-Mankato (4-6, 3-4 in the NCC) scored 23 unanswered points in the third quarter and defeated South Dakota (2-7, 1-6 in the NCC), 29-16 in NCC football action on Nov. 3 in Mankato, MN.

After South Dakota had a chance to build on a 10-6 first half lead, the game seemed to turn when the Coyotes' Ryan Justice was picked off in the end zone late in the second quarter. The interception followed an illegal procedure penalty on South Dakota that wiped out a Justice to Chris Mikkelsen touchdown pass.

When play began in the third quarter, Minnesota State used the momentum of the interception to take control of the game. They proceeded to score 23 unanswered points, using a pair of long scoring drives and a safety to gain a 29-10 lead.

The Mavericks scored on the first possession after receiving the second-half kickoff as running back Bobby Ruffin scored on a 10-yard run to culminate a seven-play, 61-yard scoring drive. The touchdown gave the homestanding Mavericks a 13-10 lead.

On the ensuing possession, the Coyotes were unable to move the ball and when a high snap sailed over punter Filip Filipovic's head and through the end zone, the safety gave Minnesota State a 15-10 lead.

After the Coyotes' free kick, the Mavericks moved the ball 56 yards on six plays, building the lead to 22-10 on a one-yard run by quarterback Andrew Shea.

On the Mavericks' next possession, Shea directed the Mavericks to another score as he scored again from a yard out to finish off an 11-play 60-yard scoring drive.

Late in the game, South Dakota cut the margin to 29-16 when senior tailback Eric Tarasewicz scored his second touchdown of the game with 1:46 to play. It was the sixth touchdown of the season for Tarasewicz, who had 47 yards rushing on 12 carries.

The key play in the scoring drive was a career-long 58-yard reception by all-NCC tight end Dustin Sagedahl from Justice.

Early on, the Coyotes grabbed a 3-0 lead when Filipovic knocked home a 26-yard field goal at 8:19 of the first quarter. The Coyotes consumed over six minutes of the game clock on the 13-play, 38-yard scoring drive.

The Mavericks answered with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Shea to Dan Weldon at the 10:26 mark of the second quarter to take a 6-3 lead.

Minnesota State moved the ball 80 yards on nine plays for the go-ahead score. However, the Coyotes blocked the extra point attempt.

Late in the second quarter, the Coyotes' s offense took control. The Coyotes moved the ball 65 yards on 16 plays, using 7:09

of the clock, to take a 10-6 lead on Tarasewicz's two-yard touchdown run at the 3:17 mark.

Late in the first half, the Coyotes had an opportunity to extend the lead but an offensive procedure penalty wiped out a touchdown pass from Justice to

Mikkelsen and the Mavericks intercepted a pass on the next play.

Overall South Dakota had 16 first downs, 26 yards rushing and 243 yards passing. Justice completed 19 of 39 passes for 243 yards and two interceptions. South Dakota gained 269 yards of total offense on 67 plays. Sagedahl had two receptions for 76 yards while John Kayl caught two passes for 45 yards, including a 28-yard reception, which is a career-best.

Minnesota State garnered 29 first downs as they rolled up 289 yards rushing on 58 carries. Ruffin had 139 yards rushing on 23 carries and a touchdown while Arlin Slayton had 116 yards rushing on 19 carries. Andrew Shea, who had 38 yards rushing, completed eight of 16 passes for 110 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

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