Coyotes roll up 59-14 win over Nebraska-Omaha

Coyotes roll up 59-14 win over Nebraska-Omaha
South Dakota head coach Ed Meierkort was impressed with the play of his team and noted the importance of the home crowd in the Coyotes' win.

"The Dome was electric today," said Meierkort. "I want to let everyone know that a large crowd like today makes a big difference for our team. This is a big win for us. It is as fine a performance by a team I have coached against a quality opponent."

Beschorner had his best day as a Coyote as he set or tied six school records. He set school marks in passing yards (479); total offense yards (519); overall TDs in a game (7 � five by pass and two by run), passing TDs in a season (21); longest pass play from scrimmage (90 yards); and tied the school record for TD passes in a game with five. Beschorner, who leads the nation in pass efficiency with a rating of 272.60, completed 18-of-23 passes for 479 yards with five TD passes. He also rushed seven times for 40 yards and two TDs. He is the only quarterback in school history to surpass 400 yards passing in a game.

"We played a great game," said Beschorner of Lohrville, IA. "We knew we had to step up our game against one of the best teams in Division II. We played hard from the start to the finish. To tell you the truth, I didn't know I had that entire yardage. I credit the receivers and our offensive line was physical. We simply played with more confidence today."

"Wes Beschorner was simply outstanding today," said Meierkort. "He is one of the best quarterbacks in the nation."

USD had three receivers break the 100-yard mark receiving with junior Derek Gearman of Lennox, leading the way. Gearman hauled in five receptions for a career-best 179 yards and TD receptions of 75 and 74 yards. Junior running back Stefan Logan had three catches for 156 yards and caught the school-record 90-yard TD pass from Beschorner. Logan also had 62 yards rushing on 13 carries with a 24-yard TD. His 10-game 100-yard rushing streak came to an end but it didn't matter to Logan.

"I am just happy we were able to play so well," said Logan.

Also breaking 100-yards receiving was sophomore wide out Brooks Little of Castlewood, who had seven catches for 122 yards and a 33-yard TD pass just before halftime.

On defense, USD's A.J. Schable, a senior defensive end from Ida Grove, IA, had two quarterback sacks, three tackles for loss and 10 tackles (eight solo stops) with a blocked punt.

"It is unbelievable that we could play so well against one of the best teams in Division II. It feels really good to beat UNO and stop a long losing streak against them," said Schable. "I'll tell you the crowd played a big factor. When we saw all those people in the Dome so jacked up, it made a big difference."

For the fifth straight game, USD scored more than 44 points and now has outscored opponents, 299-89, including a 120-24 advantage in the second quarter. USD outscored the Mavericks, 28-7 in the second quarter. USD jumped to a 14-0 lead after one quarter and led 42-7 at the halftime break. USD had a 59-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.

"The beauty of our offense is that no one cares who scores," said USD offensive coordinator Glen Caruso. "There is no ego involved in what we do offensively, starting with the coaches and including all our players."

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