Coyotes drop 34-0 decision to Nebraska-Omaha No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha (4-1, 1-0) recovered five fumbles, intercepted a pass and had three blocked punts in taking a 34-0 decision over South Dakota (2-2, 0-1) in the North Central Conference opener for both teams.
UNO defeated South Dakota for the eighth straight time.
Leading the way for UNO was Brian Masek, who had two rushing touchdowns and a touchdown pass, as well as Justin Kammrad, who had a game-high 148 yards and a touchdown.
USD was shutout for the first time since the final game of the 2002 season (20-0 to North Dakota in Grand Forks).
Nebraska-Omaha opened the scoring on a one-yard run by Masek on a fourth and goal play at the 4:39 mark of the first quarter. UNO used 4:10 on the nine-play, 83-yard scoring drive. On the ensuing Coyote possession, UNO's James Johnson blocked the first of his two punt blocks to set up UNO at the USD 14-yard line.
Two plays later, Kammrad scored from one-yard out and with kicker Andy Severson's second extra point, UNO led 14-0 with nine seconds left in the first quarter. On the next USD possession, Johnson struck again, blocking USD's Jarrod Edelen's punt to set up the Mavericks at the USD 21-yard line. The Mavericks cashed in on a 36-yard field goal by Severson with 10:42 to play in the half. UNO led 17-0 at halftime.
On their first possession of the second half, UNO moved the ball 82 yards on nine plays and grabbed a 24-0 lead when Masek scored on a seven-yard run and Severson added his third extra point.�Late in the third quarter, the Coyotes coughed up the ball when backup quarterback Sean McLaughlin mishandled a snap and UNO's Chris Moore recovered the ball at the USD 11-yard line.
UNO was unable to convert the opportunity into a touchdown but Severson connected on a 23-yard field goal to give UNO a commanding 27-0 lead.
UNO scored the final points of the game when Chris Denney pulled in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Masek with 8:06 to play in the fourth quarter. UNO moved the ball 93 yards on nine plays, using 4:15 of the clock. With Severson's conversion, UNO took a 34-0 lead.
UNO totaled 263 yards rushing on 53 carries and had 148 yards passing for 411 yards total offense. Masek completed eight of 20 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown. Masek also had 38 yards rushing and two scoring runs. Denney had four catches for 74 yards and a touchdown.
South Dakota finished with 93 yards rushing and 93 yards passing for 186 yards in total offense. Freshman halfback Stefan Logan led the Coyote rushing game with 63 yards on 12 carries.
Sophomore quarterback Wes Beschorner completed five of 11 passes for 60 yards and an interception before leaving in the third quarter. McLaughlin completed 4-of-14 passes for 33 yards. Senior wide receiver Chris Mikkelsen had two catches for 51 yards, including a season long 43-yard reception.
Defensively, USD was led by junior Garrett Hartwig, who had 12 tackles. Senior defensive line Aaron Dietrich had nine tackles, two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack. Senior linebacker Josh Gassen had nine tackles, and a tackle for loss. USD had two quarterback sacks and eight tackles for loss.
South Dakota will travel to Augustana on Oct. 4 for a NCC encounter with Vikings at Howard Wood Field. Gametime is set for 1 p.m.