USD savors double overtime win over Augustana on Dakota Days The South Dakota football team might be called the "Cardiac Kids" for their recent heartstopping wins. The South Dakota football team might be called the "Cardiac Kids" for their recent heartstopping wins. For the second week in a row, the South Dakota Coyotes (2-4, 2-2) won in overtime.
Unlike the four overtime thriller last week, the Coyotes did it this time in double overtime, a 16-10 decision over Augustana (4-2, 2-2) on Saturday at the DakotaDome before a Dakota Days crowd of 7,227.
With the win, USD improved their D-Day record to 52-28-5 and now have won three of their past four games on homecoming. With John Austin at the helm, USD is 3-1 on Dakota Day.
Junior running back Davon Hudspeth scored on a two-yard run in the second overtime to lift South Dakota to its second straight overtime win. It is the first time since 1996 that USD
has won two straight games in overtime in the same season.
After three scoreless quarters, Augustana marched the ball 77 yards in 14 plays to grab a 3-0 lead on a 20-yard field goal by Adam Brinkman at the 8:45 mark of the fourth quarter.
USD answered with a six play-44 yard drive, culminated by a 39-yard field goal by sophomore Cody Butler, Hastings, NE, with 5:25 to play.
In overtime, USD scored first when sophomore wide receiver Chris Mikkelsen, Gregory, grabbed a four-yard touchdown throw from Ryan Justice, Ankeny, IA.
Augustana answered when freshman quarterback Tommy Flyger and Dan Klumper connected on a 14-yard touchdown pass and Brinkman's extra point tied the game at 10-10 to force a second overtime.
On the ensuing overtime possession, Augustana was unable to move the ball and Brinkman's field goal was wide right. On South Dakota's first play in the second overtime, Hudspeth rumbled 24 yards to set up a first and goal from the one-yard line.
Two plays later, Hudspeth leaped into the end zone to give the Coyotes their second straight win. It was Hudspeth's third rushing touchdown and fifth overall this season.
Justice, the Coyotes' all-time passing leader, completed 13 of 24 passes for 130 yards, a touchdown and interception. In his career, Justice has now has completed 437 of 869 passes for 5,396 yards, 34 touchdowns and 29 interceptions.
Justice also set a career total offense record. He now has 5,468 yards on 1,003 plays, passing the mark of Mark Jenkins (1972-75), who had 5,409 yards on 848 attempts.
Hudspeth led the Coyotes' rushing game with 45 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. Mikkelsen, who caught a pass for the 16th straight time in his career, had three receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown.
For Augustana, Tommy Fluger completed 11 of 24 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Eric Rice had four receptions for 29 yards and Nathan Walter led the Viking ground game with 89 yards on 23 carries.
Overall, USD owned a 214 to 203 advantage in total offense. USD had 84 yards rushing on 34 carries. Augustana gained 129 yards rushing on 46 carries. The Vikings held a 32:00 to 28:00 edge in time of possession.
Korey Ebel, Hartley, IA, led the South Dakota defense with 11 tackles. Junior linebacker Josh Gassen, Rapid City, had nine tackles, two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack. Bill Gassen, Rapid City, had eight tackles, including six solo stops and two tackles for loss while linebacker Tim Schellehammer, Chatfield, MN, had eight tackles, two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack. USD had three quarterback sacks and nine tackles for loss.
Next up for South Dakota is a 1 p.m. game at Northern Colorado in Greeley.