Coyotes' winning streak ends against UND The seventh-ranked South Dakota football team (9-2, 4-2 NCC) dropped a 41-21 decision to 16th-ranked North Dakota (8-2, 4-2 NCC) at the Alerus Center at Grand Forks, ND, on Nov. 6.
The loss to UND ended a five-game winning streak by South Dakota. Despite the setback, the 2004 squad is just the fifth USD team ever to win nine games in a season and the first squad to do so since Joe Salem's 1972 finished 9-1. This was the final regular season game for 13 USD seniors.
North Dakota opened up a 14-7 lead and led 21-14 at halftime. UND outscored USD 20-7 in the second half to defeat USD for the ninth straight time.
UND took advantage of a Coyote interception to grab an early lead. Adam Roland scored on a one-yard run at the 7:55 mark of the first quarter and with a PAT by Jeff Glas, UND led 7-0.
South Dakota answered with a tying scoring drive early in the second quarter. Wes Beschorner (Lohrville, IA) scored on a two-yard run with 12:30 left in the second quarter, capping a 10-play, 80-yard drive. With the PAT by Cody Butler (Hastings, NE), USD and UND were tied at 7-7.
UND grabbed back the lead on a 10-yard pass from Chris Belmore to David Wisthoff with 5:50 to play in the second quarter. With a PAT by Glas, UND took a 14-7 lead. The UND
drive covered eight plays and 61 yards in 2:54.
Stefan Logan (Miami, FL), who rushed for 201 yards on 19 carries, answered with a career-best 72-yard TD run at the 5:28 mark. With Butler's kick, USD tied the game at 14-14.
UND fired right back with a 28-yard TD pass from Belmore to Jeff Weber with 3:40 to play in the half. The PAT by Glas gave UND a 21-14 lead which UND took to halftime.
While both teams traded offensive punches in the first half, UND controlled play in the second half. At the 7:27 mark of the third quarter, Caleb Johnson hauled in a 27-yard TD pass from Belmore and the PAT by Glas provided UND with a 28-14 lead.
Early in the fourth quarter, UND built on its lead with a two-yard pass from Belmore to David Wisthoff at the 14:56 mark. Glas's PAT gave UND a 35-14 lead.
Roland, who had 92 yards on 19 carries, scored his second TD of the game with a six-yard run at the 7:00 mark of the fourth quarter. For the fourth time this season, USD blocked an extra point, which left the UND lead at 41-14.
With two minutes to play, Logan scored his second TD of the season on a one-yard run. Butler's PAT cut the deficit to 41-21.
South Dakota accumulated 346 yards in total offense, including 233 yards rushing on 33 carries. The Coyotes had 113 yards passing. Beschorner completed 11-of-26 passes for 113 yards and an interception. He also rushed 11 times for 33 yards and a TD. Derek Gearman (Lennox) had three receptions for 47 yards and senior wide receiver Chris Mikkelsen (Gregory) had two receptions for 21 yards. Mikkelsen ended his standout career at South Dakota with 150 receptions and 2,279 yards with 16 TDs. He also tied a career mark with career TDs. Mikkelsen also had 46 catches in 2004, which is the fourth-best seasonal total in school history.
Logan ended the year with 1,345 yards on 174 carries which ranks as the second best rushing total in a season in USD history. He now has 2,500 yards rushing in his career, which places him third on USD's career rushing chart. Beschorner's total of 2,126 yards in total offense is the best in school history. He passed Chris Miller, who had 2,059 yards in 1997.
North Dakota had 519 yards in total offense, including 404 yards through the air and 115 yards rushing on 40 carries. Leading the way for UND was Belmore, who completed 28-of-39 passes for 404 yards and four TDs. UND had a pair of wide receivers with 100 yards receiving, including Johnson with 10 catches for 141 yards and a TD and Dan Grossman, who had seven catches for 107 yards. UND wideout Jeff Weber had four receptions for 70 yards and a TD.
Defensively, USD was led by John Barker (Sioux City, NE), Kellen Burch (St. Paul, MN) and Tim Dacy (Gregory), who all had seven tackles. Dacy also recovered a fumble. USD recorded three sacks (-23 yards) and had six tackles for loss. UND was led on defense by Shane Duchscher with seven tackles and Josh Brandsted and Digger Anderson, who each had six tackles. Brandsted also had an interception.