Beschorner leads Coyotes to 56-10 win

Beschorner leads Coyotes to 56-10 win Wes Beschorner, (17) a senior from Lohrville, IA, led the 16th-ranked South Dakota football team to a 56-10 win over Minnesota State, Moorhead on Saturday before 6,166 at the DakotaDome. With four TD passes, Beschorner now has 37 in his career, breaking the school record of 36 held by Ryan Justice. Senior quarterback Wes Beschorner accounted for five TDs to lead 16th-ranked South Dakota (3-0) to a 56-10 win over Minnesota State-Moorhead (0-2) in nonconference action on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 10, at the DakotaDome before 6,166 in attendance.

The Coyote offense again exhibited an explosive attack by breaking open a 14-7 game with 28 second-quarter points to take a commanding 42-7 advantage into the halftime break.

Beschorner was the main cog for the Coyotes as he had big plays both throwing and running against Minnesota-Moorhead. On the day, Beschorner had four TD passes (10, 6, 3, 65) and also rumbled 79 yards for a rushing score in the third quarter. Beschorner finished with a team-high 110 yards rushing and 187 yards passing. He completed 11-of-16 passes and had his first interception of the season. He threw four TD passes for the third straight game. Beschorner now has 12 TD passes on the season and 37 in his career, which breaks the school record of former Coyote signal caller Ryan Justice (1999-02, 36).

"This feels good," said Beschorner of the Coyotes' third straight win. "Records are a team thing. Our offense is about having fun. We didn't click as well as we have but we are a veteran unit which helped us get things corrected as the game went along."

While USD did not crack the total offense record for a game, which they had done the last two weeks, the Coyotes rolled up 560 yards on 69 plays of total offense.

USD had 359 yards rushing on 48 carries for an average of 7.5 per carry.

While the offense was moving up and down the field, the Coyotes' defense show very few cracks and held the Dragons to 78 yards in total offense, including just 45 yards rushing on 30 carries.

"I thought we played well," said USD offensive coordinator Glenn Caruso. "Today we had an explosive attack but we also showed that we could sustain drives, which is good to see."

Stefan Logan, a junior running back from Miami, FL, recorded 106 yards rushing on 16 carries, which gives him nine straight 100-yards plus rushing games. He now has 17 100-yard rushing games in his career, which leaves him just one behind the all-time leader Chul Schwanke (18, 1982-85). Logan became just the second USD runner (Chul Schwanke, 3,427 yards) to crack 3,000 yards in his career. He now has 3,031 yards in his career and needs 397 yards to pass Schwanke for the career lead in rushing.

Sophomore Darnell Pitts of Sioux City, IA, added 52 yards on seven carries and junior Travis Mlady of Bloomfield, NE, had 47 yards rushing on four carries and scored two TDs.

Sophomore Derek Gearman led the Coyotes' receiving corps with two receptions for 77 yards, including an electrifying 65-yard TD reception late in the second quarter. Brooks Little of Castlewood added four receptions for 47 yards and a TD, while tight end David Cronin of Holstein, IA, had three catches for 53 yards and a TD.

South Dakota jumped on the Dragons quickly as Little hauled in a 10-yard TD reception from Beschorner at the 11:36 mark of the first quarter. With 4:47 to play in the first quarter, Mlady scored on a nine-yard run to cap a 64-yard, nine-play drive. With Frank Leibfarth's kick, USD led, 14-0.

Minnesota-Moorhead answered with a 13-yard TD pass from Eric Frost to Roland Session at the 11:26 mark of the second quarter. Then, the Dragons had a chance to tie the game after a Beschorner interception and the ball on the Coyote 47-yard line. However, the Coyote defense forced a turnover on the Dragons' first play on offense as defensive lineman Zach Johnson of Brookings forced a fumble and recovered the ball.

at the USD 48-yard line.

A few plays later, Mlady scored his second TD of the game on a 40-yard TD run. On the scoring play, Beschorner took an option to the left side and made a perfect pitch to Mlady who took the ball the distance. With Leibfarth's kick, USD led, 21-7, with 8:52 to play in the second quarter. Four minutes later, the Coyotes scored again (4:54) as Cronin caught a six-yard TD pass from Beschorner.

The USD defense stepped up again to create a USD scoring opportunity later in the second quarter. Sophomore defensive tackle Matt Murphy of Rapid City sacked MSUM's Frost and forced a fumble, which Blake Hoyer, a redshirt freshman from DeSmet, picked up and took it to the MSUM three-yard line.

One play later, Beschorner connected on his third TD pass of the game by hitting a wide open Desmond Allison (Tampa, FL) for a three-yard scoring strike. With Leibfarth's kick, USD led, 35-7, with 2:11 to play in the first half. USD was not finished as the defense forced a punt by MSUM and the offense quickly added to the Coyotes' lead. Beschorner connected on a 65-yard scoring strike to Gearman with 43 seconds left in the half.

Early in the third quarter, Beschorner again electrified the crowd when he scored on a career-best 79-yard TD run with 11:09 to play in the quarter.

"Things opened up for me on that play. Stefan (Logan) followed me down the field and made a key block," he said.

USD added its final scored on a one-yard run by backup quarterback Carter Black (South Sioux City, NE) with 6:32 to play in the third quarter. Black's TD capped a six-play, 53-yard drive in 1:51 and provided USD with a 56-7 advantage.

MSUM added a 27-yard field goal from Riley Rude at the 5:41 mark of the fourth quarter to finish out the scoring in the game.

Defensively, the Coyotes were led by senior linebacker Steve Schermerhorn (Sioux City, IA), who had 10 tackles. USD recorded nine tackles for loss, recovered two fumbles and had four quarterback sacks. Junior linebacker Ryan Hedden (Fairmont, NE) added seven tackles for the Coyotes.

Bert Smith led MSUM with 43 yards rushing on 17 carries. Frost completed 7-of-11 passes for 54 yards and a TD.

Next for South Dakota is a road game on Sept. 17 at Colorado Mines (1-2), which defeated Western State, 45-12 on Saturday.

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