USD records 42-7 win over St. Joe’s

USD records 42-7 win over St. Joe's One of the leaders in South Dakota's offensive action against St. Joseph's Saturday was Davon Hudspeth (1), who rushed for a season and career high of 171 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. He had a 37-yard run and averaged 13.9 yards per carry. USD records 42-7 win over St. Joe's For a team that has had trouble running the football this season, a return home to the DakotaDome was a nice remedy.

The University of South Dakota (3-5) erupted offensively for a 42-7 nonconference win over St. Joseph's College (4-5) on Oct. 26 at the DakotaDome.

The 42 points was the second 40-plus scoring output this season and the most points since a 44-21 win over Winona State in the 2001 season opener.

In the victory, the Coyotes rushed for a season high 388 yards rushing and 527 yards in total offense. The Coyotes averaged 10.8 yards per play. The Coyotes dominated action despite losing three fumbles and throwing an interception.

Leading the way for South Dakota was junior running back Davon Hudspeth, Rancho Cucumonga, CA, who rushed for a season and career high of 171 yards on 15 carries plus a touchdown.

Hudspeth averaged 11.4 yards per carry and had a 67-yard run. Anthony Tharrington, Lubbock, TX, also broke the 100-yard barrier, rumbling for a career-best 125 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.

He had a 37-yard run and averaged 13.9 yards per carry. The third member of the Coyotes' rushing contingent � Jason Anderson � had 77 yards rushing on 11 carries and a touchdown.

South Dakota scored first when sophomore receiver Chris Mikkelsen, Gregory, caught a 32-yard pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Mc-Laughlin, Omaha, NE, at the 6:22 mark of the first quarter.

St. Joseph answered when Tony Rogers scored on a one-yard run at the 9:56 mark of the second quarter. The 11-play, 40-yard scoring drive was set up when USD lost a fumble at their 40-yard line.

After that, USD controlled the game, scoring the last 35 points of the game. At 6:45 of the second quarter, Hudspeth scored on a 25-yard run as USD led 14-7. USD scored again at the 2:44 mark of the second quarter when Nick Cunningham, Albert Lea, MN, caught a 24-yard pass from McLaughlin. USD led 28-7 when Mikkelsen caught a 22-yard scoring pass from McLaughlin at the 10:06 mark of the third quarter. Anderson scored on a one-yard run with 10:50 to play in the game to give USD a 35-7 lead. Then, the Coyotes culminated their scoring with a 16-yard run by Tharrington with 2:58 to play.

McLaughlin completed eight of 12 passes for 139 yards and a career-best three touchdown passes. Mikkelsen led the receiving corps with four catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

He has now caught a pass in all 18 games of his career. Cunningham had two catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

St. Joseph's was led by Tony Rogers who had 71 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. Marlin Murphy had 39 yards rushing on 11 carries and Andy Marker chipped in with 38 yards on 15 carries. Quarterback Brendan Murphy completed three of 10 passes for 20 yards and Barker was three of seven for 13 yards. Both quarterbacks threw an interception.

South Dakota, which leads the NCC in pass defense, allowed a season low 33 yards passing and limited St. Joseph's to 205 yards in total offense on 73 plays or 2.8 yards per play.

Interestingly, St. Joseph's held a big advantage in time of possession, 38:13 to 21:47.

Defensively, South Dakota was led by junior linebacker Josh Gassen, Rapid City, who had 15 tackles, including one tackle for loss. Mike Meekins, Superior, NE and Tim Schellhammer, Chatfield, MN, had seven tackles with Schellhammer recording two tackles for loss.

As a team, USD had two interceptions and 11 tackles for loss.

South Dakota returns to North Central Conference play when they face South Dakota State on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium in Brookings.

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