Northern Colorado drops Coyotes 27-10 The University of South Dakota (2-5, 2-3) dropped a 27-10 decision to North Central Conference leader Northern Colorado (6-1, 5-0) on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Greeley, CO.
Northern Colorado opened up a 14-0 first quarter lead and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the game.
On their second possession, Northern Colorado opened the scoring when Ron Scott scored from one-yard and Mike Swim's PAT gave the Bears a 7-0 lead at the 4:14 mark of the first quarter. UNC upped the advantage to 14-0 on a five-yard scoring run by Matthews (13:21) early in the second quarter. The score culminated a 10-play, 57 yard drive.
South Dakota answered on the ensuing possession by moving the ball 52 yards on eight plays with Cody Butler connecting on a 34-yard field goal as USD moved within, 14-3.
The Coyotes had another scoring opportunity late in the half but UNC blocked Butler's 34-yard field goal.
Early in the second half, Anthony Dunn picked off a Ryan Justice pass and took it five-yards for a touchdown as the Bears jumped to a 21-3 lead at the 13:09 mark of the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Bears added another score on a three-yard pass from Mark Passard to J.R. Kelemeni as they moved ahead, 27-3.
South Dakota scored their final points of the day when junior running back Jason Anderson scored on a two-yard run with 9:44 to play. Anderson had 74 yards rushing on 21 carries and also caught four passes for 20 yards.
USD had 96 yards rushing and 123 yards passing for 219 yards of total offense. UNC had 133 yards rushing and 143 yards passing for 276 yards in total offense. UNC held the time of possession advantage, 31:25-28:35.
Justice completed nine of 18 passes for 67 yards and one interception. Redshirt freshman Sean McLaughlin completed four of 11 passes for 56 yards and also was picked off once.
USD's Chris Mikkelsen caught a pass for the 17th straight game in his career. He had three receptions for 28 yards. Tight end Nick Cunningham had two receptions for 42 yards, including a career-long of 37 yards.
The Bears were led by Matthews, who had 139 yards rushing on 24 carries and a touchdown. Passard completed 14 of 20 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. George Carroll led the receiving corps with four catches for 48 yards.
Defensively, the Coyotes were led by Bill Gassen, the senior nose tackle from Rapid City, who had nine tackles, including two quarterback sacks and six tackles for loss (-22 yards).
Sophomore linebacker Tim Schellhammer had nine tackles, including seven solo stops while senior safety Scott Lilland also had nine tackles.
Junior linebacker Josh Gassen had five tackles, including two quarterback sacks and three tackles for loss (-15 yards). UNC was led by Hassan Rashad and Mike Unrein with six tackles.
South Dakota returns home on Oct. 26 for a nonconference game with St. Joseph (IN) at 7 p.m. in the DakotaDome.