USD celebrates D-Day with 23-0 win

USD celebrates D-Day with 23-0 win USD's Stefan Logan (3) scampers downfield after being handed the ball by Coyote quarterback Wesley Beschorner during Dakota Days football action against the Augustana Vikings Saturday in Vermillion. Logan rushed for 151 yards on 18 carries to help lead South Dakota to a 23-0 win over the Vikings before a homecoming crowd of 9,473 at the DakotaDome. Led by 151 yards rushing by sophomore running back Stefan Logan, the 25th-ranked South Dakota Coyotes football team (5-1, 1-1 in the NCC) evened its conference record at 1-1 with a 23-0 shutout of Augustana (3-3, 0-2 in the NCC) before 9,473 and a state-wide television audience on Dakota Day in North Central Conference action at the DakotaDome on Saturday afternoon.

Logan, who recorded his ninth career 100-yard rushing game, compiled his 151 yards on 18 carries or 8.4 per rush. Overall the Coyotes outgained the Vikings, 414 to 207, including a dominating 294 yards rushing on 47 carries to 59 yards on 28 carries by Augustana.

USD had 120 yards passing while the Vikings passed for 148 yards.

Also for South Dakota, Wes Beschorner, a junior from Lohrville, IA, completed six of 14 passes for 102 yards with a TD and an interception. Chris Mikkelsen, a senior from Gregory, had three receptions for 82 yards, including a career-best 68-yard TD reception in the third quarter. He also returned a pair of punts for 22 yards.

At 5-1, 1-1 in the NCC, USD is off to its fastest start since the 1996 team opened 5-1. South Dakota improved its overall series advantage to 41-19 over Augustana. The win on Dakota Day improved USD's overall homecoming record to 54-29-5.

USD is now 4-1 against the Vikings on Dakota Day. In addition, South Dakota improved its home record at the Dome to 4-0 this season and 96-52 overall.

South Dakota gained the early advantage over its in-state rival with a 13-play, 40-yard drive, capped by Cody Butler's 26-yard field goal with 5:11 to play in the first quarter. USD used 5:19 of the clock to take the 3-0 lead.

There was no more scoring until late in the second quarter when the Coyotes increased its margin to 10-0 after a two-yard TD run by Travis Mlady (Bloomfield, NE) and Butler's PAT. USD moved the ball 84 yards in 10 plays and used 3:27 of the clock. Mlady scored with 1:32 to play in the first half.

USD added to its advantage on a 68-yard TD pass from Beschorner to Mikkelsen at the 2:34 mark of the third quarter. USD moved the ball 80 yards in four plays, using just 1:36.

South Dakota added the final points of the game when Beschorner scored on a 10-yard run with 11 minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Butler's PAT was blocked as USD led, 23-0. The scoring drive for USD covered 51 yards in seven plays and took 3:48 off the clock.

Mlady's TD run in the second quarter was his seventh this season. On the day, he had 62 yards rushing on eight carries. Beschorner added 46 yards on six carries and Tyler Evans (Stewart, MN) had 30 yards on eight carries.

For Augustana, Eric Rice, who moved from wide receiver to starting running back due to an injury to starting halfback Josh Fulton, had 52 yards on 17 carries. Tommy Flyger, who relieved starting quarterback Ryan DeGraff midway through the game, completed 6-of-14 passes for 92 yards and had one interception.

DeGraff completed 7-of-12 passes for 56 yards. Flyger also had 19 yards rushing on seven carries. Rice also caught four passes for 25 yards and Tom Ellingworth had three receptions for 38 yards.

In one of the Coyotes' best defensive efforts of the season, senior defensive end Tim Schellhammer led the way with six tackles, including three quarterback sacks, which is a career-best for him. Schellhammer now has 8.5 sacks on the season. Linebacker Ryan Hedden led USD with his second straight double-figure tackle game. He totaled 10 tackles, including seven solo stops and two sacks.

Overall, USD had six sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. Tim Dacy (Gregory) picked off his second pass of the season.

Augustana was led by Lucas Smith, who had 10 tackles while Brett Scherschligt had seven tackles. Shane Yates had an interception for the Vikings.

Next for South Dakota is an NCC road game at Minnesota State, Mankato with gametime set for 1 p.m.

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