Thriller USD defeats NDSU with four overtimes

Thriller USD defeats NDSU with four overtimes South Dakota's Jason Anderson finds running room in this offensive play against the North Dakota State University Bisons Saturday in the DakotaDome. Anderson had 79 yards rushing on 15 carries to contribute to the Coyotes thrilling win in four overtimes. Cody Butler had quite a day on his birthday. The sophomore kicker from Hastings, NE, kicked a game-winning 27-yard field goal in the fourth overtime to lift South Dakota (1-4, 1-2) to a 40-37 win over North Dakota State (1-3, 0-2) on Saturday night before 3,930 at the DakotaDome.

On the night, Butler made all four of his field goals, including a career best 49 yards, and four extra points. He now has made four straight field goals from better than 40-yards and has made six of seven field goals in 2002. He is 8-10 in PATs.

With the win, South Dakota broke a 14-game losing streak to the Bison, dating back to a 28-12 conquest in 1987 at the DakotaDome. Interestingly, USD's last overtime was also against the Bison in 1997. USD dropped that game, 24-21. USD also stopped a seven-game slide that dated back to the Dakota Day game last October.

South Dakota grabbed a 3-0 lead on Butler's 47-yard field goal with 8:44 to play in the first quarter. Later, USD's Jason Anderson, Palmdale, CA, broke off a 35-yard run with 2:27 to play in the second quarter as South Dakota led 10-0. Anderson added a nine-yard run at the 10:01 mark of the third quarter to give the Coyotes a 17-0 lead.

Then, things started to sway NDSU's way. Rod Malone scored on a 10-yard run with 7:51 to play in the third quarter but the point after was unsuccessful as the Coyotes led 17-6 after three quarters.

NDSU quarterback Graig Gorder scored on a 10-yard run with 12:59 to play in the game to cut the margin to 17-12. NDSU tacked on another scored at the 7:39 mark when Keontay Jackson scored on a five-yard run with 7:39 to play. The Bison successfully converted the two-point conversion to take a 20-17 lead.

With 3:04 to play, Butler had his biggest kick of the season, converting a career-best 49-yard field goal to tie the game at 20-20. NDSU tried a field goal at the end of regulation but it was wide right.

In overtime, the Coyotes struck first when Davon Hudspeth, Rancho Cucumonga, CA, scored on a 20-yard pass from Ryan Justice, Ankeny, IA. That touchdown toss by Justice set a new South Dakota record. He now has 32 in his career.

The Bison answered on a 22-yard pass from Gorder to Marques Johnson. In the second overtime, NDSU got the ball first and scored when Malone scored from seven-yards out. Hudspeth scored his second touchdown on a 12-yard screen

pass from Justice on the ensuing possession as USD sent the game into a third overtime.

In the third overtime, both teams converted field goals as Butler hit a 35-yard field goal to give USD a 37-34 lead. NDSU's Cory Vartanian hit a 48-yard kick to tie the game.

In the fourth overtime, USD stopped NDSU on a fourth down play when Korey Ebel, Hartley, IA, and Bill Gassen, Rapid City, stopped Malone on a fourth and one play from the 16-yard line. Four plays later Butler won the game with his game-winning boot.

Overall, South Dakota finished with 325 yards in total offense, showing a balanced attack with 171 yards rushing on 48 attempts. USD had 154 yards passing. Justice completed 12 of 19 passes for 121 yards while freshman Sean McLaughlin, Omaha, NE, completed three of seven passes for 33 yards and he had one interception.

Hudspeth had 79 yards rushing on 22 carries while Anderson also had 79 yards rushing on 15 carries. Ryan Molencamp, Clear Lake, IA, had 17 yards on six rushes. Chris Mikkelsen, Gregory, and Matt Taylor, Oakland, CA, led the receiving corps. Mikkelsen had four receptions for 55 yards while Taylor had four receptions for 33 yards.

Ebel led the Coyotes with 13 tackles and had a fumble recovery. Scott Lilland, Estherville, IA, had 12 tackles while Josh Gassen, Rapid City, had nine stops and Bill Gassen added eight tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss.

NDSU had 472 yards total offense on 86 plays. They had 225 yards rushing on 53 carries while picking up 247 yards passing. Malone led the Bison with 185 yards on 42 carries and two touchdowns.

Gorder had 41 yards rushing while completing 20 of 33 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown. Johnson led the Bison receivers with seven receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown.

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