South Dakota drops 23-21 decision to Minnesota-Duluth Sept. 14 at Dome The University of South Dakota (0-2) dropped a hard-fought 23-21 nonconference football decision to Minnesota-Duluth (2-0) on Saturday night at the DakotaDome.
The Coyotes, who lost their fifth straight game, had too many mistakes on Saturday night. The Coyotes had two turnovers, 15 penalties for 100 yards and missed a field goal. In the end, the mistakes hurt badly.
Early on, Minnesota-Duluth jumped on the scoreboard when kicker Chad Gerlach connected from 39 yards at the 4:30 mark of the first quarter. The Bulldogs added a touchdown when redshirt freshman quarterback Sean McLaughlin was hit and fumbled the ball in the end zone which was recovered by Pat Nseumen in the end zone at the 13:17 mark of the second quarter.
However, the Coyotes fought back on the next play when Foster Brodus, who had five returns for 139 yards, returned the ensuing kickoff 64 yards. He would have likely scored but he tripped. After a penalty on the Bulldogs moved the ball
to the Minnesota-Duluth 17-yard line, the Coyotes scored in three plays. Jason Anderson, Palmdale, CA, ran for 13 yards, and after an incomplete pass, scored on a four-yard run.
With 2:37 to play in the second quarter, Minnesota-Duluth grabbed a 13-7 lead on a 32-yard field goal by Gerlach to cap a five-play 69-yard drive. Then, the Coyotes special teams came up with another big play. After the Coyotes were forced to punt, Minnesota-Duluth's Luke Jipson fumbled and South Dakota's Luke Ellis, Forest Lake, MN, pounced on the ball with 1:19 to play in the half.
From there, junior running back Davon Hudspeth, Rancho Cucomonga, CA, rushed for 20 yards to the Minnesota-Duluth six-yard line. Two plays later, McLaughlin connected with Matt Taylor, Oakland, CA, on a seven-yard touchdown pass with :54 seconds left in the half as South Dakota led 14-13.
The Bulldogs grabbed back the lead on a two-yard run by Andrew Bungum at the 9:44 mark of the third quarter. The scoring play capped a six-play 54-yard drive as the Bulldogs led, 20-14. With 1:52 to play in the third quarter, Gerlach connected on his third field goal in four attempts when he was successful from 40 yards out.
The Minnesota-Duluth scoring drive covered 54 yards in 15 plays and ate 6:03 off the clock.
South Dakota tallied their final score when McLaughlin threw his second career touchdown pass to Aaron Meline, Urbandale, IA, with 1:19 to play in the fourth quarter as the Coyotes drew within 23-21.
Overall, the Coyotes had nine first downs and 165 yards in total offense. McLaughlin, Omaha, NE, completed 14 passes in 27 attempts for 152 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Chris Mikkelsen, Gregory, had four receptions for 49 yards while Aaron Meline had three receptions for 54 yards.
The Coyotes completed passes to nine different receivers. Hudspeth led the Coyotes rushing game with 26 yards on 14 carries while Anderson had 17 yards on four rushes.
Jarrod Edelen, Vermillion, had a solid punting game, recording a 41.8 average on eight kicks and landing three boots inside the 20-yard line. He had a long of 56 yards.
Minnesota Duluth controlled the time of possession by a 37:10 to 22:50 advantage. They had 326 yards in total offense on 76 plays. The Bulldogs rushed for just 86 yards on 45 carries but quarterback Ricky Fritz completed 14 of 29 passes for 236 yards and one interception. Tim Battaglia had four catches for 126 yards, including a 70-yard pass play.
Defensively, the Coyotes were led by cornerback Derrick Jelks, St. Petersburg, FL, who had 10 tackles and one pass deflection. Scott Lilland, Estherville, IA, had nine tackles and two tackles for loss. Bill Gassen, Rapid City, had eight tackles and two tackles for loss as well as a fumble recovery. Drew Barns, Rapid City, had eight tackles and three tackles for loss. Kellen Burch, St. Paul, MN, picked off a Fritz pass.
Overall, the Coyotes had 15 tackles for loss and one sack, recorded by linebacker Tim Schellhammer, Chatfield, MN.
Minnesota-Duluth's defense was led by Curtis Shanklin who had six tackles, and Luke Jipson, who had five tackles and an interception.
Next up for South Dakota is their North Central Conference opener at St. Cloud State on Saturday. Gametime is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Selke Field in St. Cloud, MN.