USD knocks out MSU-Mankato on Dakota Day

USD knocks out MSU-Mankato on Dakota Day USD Coyote Leon Friend (3) escapes the grasp of a Minnesota State-Mankato player as he moves the ball closer to the endzone during Saturday's Dakota Days football action in the DakotaDome. The South Dakota football team won its second straight with a strong defensive performance in a 30-0 shutout of Minnesota State-Mankato on Dakota Day at the DakotaDome on Saturday, Oct. 11.

It was a game that started slowly as USD mustered just a pair of field goals, 20 yards (1.54, second quarter) and 36 yards (:09, second quarter) by junior place-kicker Cody Butler, that both came late in the second quarter. USD led 6-0 at the halftime break.

The second half was dominated by South Dakota. With 9:59 to play in the third quarter, Wes Beschorner scored on a 15-yard run to cap a four-play, 69-yard drive and with Butler's PAT gave USD a 13-0 lead. On their next possession, USD had a field goal blocked by MSU-Mankato. However, on the ensuing Maverick possession, linebacker Josh Gassen picked off a pass by Maverick back-up quarterback Chad Metelak and USD was in business again. Five plays later, Beschorner connected with junior wide receiver Chris Mikkelsen on a four-yard scoring pass. With Butler's kick, USD led 20-0.

The Coyotes added to their lead when Anderson picked off a pass by Metelak and returned it for a touchdown.

USD added the final points of the game on a 32-yard field goal by Cody Butler with 5:45 to play for a 30-0 lead. Butler, who made three field goals (20, 36, 32) and 3 extra points, scored 12 points. �

On offense, USD was led by freshman running back Stefan Logan, who had 18 rushes for 109 yards. USD sophomore quarterback Wesley Beschorner had 11 rushes for 56 yards and a touchdown. After being picked off on the first play of the game, Beschorner settled in, completing 10-of-16 passes on the day for 129 yards and a touchdown. He also completed a 55-yard toss to senior wide out Matt Taylor. Mikkelsen had five catches for 59 yards.

Overall, the Coyotes totaled 368 yards in total offense on 65 plays. USD had 209 yards rushing on 45 carries and 159 yards passing.

Defensively, redshirt freshman linebacker Ryan Hedden led USD with seven tackles, including five solo stops. He had one of USD's eight tackles for loss. USD totaled three sacks (Drew Barns, Mike Meekins, and Aaron Dietrich) and two interceptions (Anderson, Josh Gassen).

Next for USD is a trip to St. Cloud State at St. Cloud, MN, on Saturday, Oct. 18.

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