USD shut out Saturday by UND The University of South Dakota (3-8, 2-6) dropped a 20-0 North Central Conference decision to North Dakota at the Alerus Center on Saturday afternoon in Grand Forks, ND.
The Fighting Sioux (5-6, 3-5) jumped to a 20-0 halftime lead and won their seventh straight over South Dakota. The Coyotes were shutout for the first time in NCC play since a 45-0 loss to St. Cloud in 1991.
North Dakota jumped to a 7-0 lead when Riza Mahmoud scored on a 21-yard run with 4:40 to play in the first quarter. At the 4:05 mark of the second quarter, Jeff Glas converted a 25-yard field goal to make it 10-0. The field goal capped a 15-play, 67-yard drive.
UND made it 17-0 when Adam Stratton picked off a pass and went 60 yards for a touchdown. The Fighting Sioux culminated the scoring with Glas's second field goal, this time from 37-yards at the end of the second quarter.
South Dakota received a strong performance from junior running back Anthony Tharrington, who recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season. Tharrington had 27 carries for 117 yards, including an 18-yard run. Overall the Coyotes rushed 30 times for 91 yards.
USD passed for 109 yards. Redshirt freshman Sean McLaughlin completed 10 of 18 passes for 89 yards with one interception. Senior Ryan Justice ended his Coyote career with three completions in 16 attempts for 20 yards and two interceptions. Junior wideout Foster Brodus had three receptions for 42 yards and Paul Tschetter had three receptions for 25 yards. South Dakota kicker Cody Butler missed a pair of field goals, including kicks of 42 yards (second quarter) and 34 yards (3rd quarter).
Jarrod Edelen, the NCC's leading kicker, had seven punts for 286 yards, or 40.9 per kick. He placed one kick inside the 20-yard line.
North Dakota was led offensively by Mahmoud, who had 133 yards rushing on 29 attempts. Quarterback John Bowenkamp completed nine of 19 passes for 84 yards and one interception. Jesse Ahlers led the UND receivers with seven receptions for 64 yards.
Overall, North Dakota had 17 first downs and USD had 15. The Coyotes had 200 yards in total offense on 64 plays while UND had 288 yards on 70 plays. UND held the time of possession advantage, 31:09 to 28:51.