USD football easily wins season-opener encounter challenges

USD football easily wins season-opener encounter challenges The 25th-ranked South Dakota Football Team (1-0), which had the best offense in the North Central Conference a year ago, opened the 2005 season with a devastating offensive display on the road. The Coyotes scored on eight of its first nine offensive possessions and set a school record for total offense in a 77-0 win over Minnesota-Crookston (0-1) in nonconference action last Thursday night, Aug. 25, at Ed Widseth Field in Crookston, MN.

USD had 667 yards in total offense, which established a new single game school record. USD had 46 rushes for 338 yards while completing 17-of-23 passes for 329 yards. South Dakota has now won seven straight nonconference games.

Senior quarterback Wesley Beschorner completed 12-of-16 passes for career-bests in yards (281 yards) and TDs (four). Junior running back Stefan Logan had his seventh straight 100-yard rushing game with 17 carries for 130 yards and two rushing TDs. He also scored on a 56-yard screen pass play. Logan now has 15 career 100-yard rushing games.

�I think we needed to send a message for our league and ourselves. This (USD) is a new team that has to establish its own identity,� said Coyote head coach Ed Meierkort. �I was very proud of our team. A lot of people made plays for us tonight but we need everyone on the team to come through for us. I think we took the heart out of them with our rushing game.

South Dakota will host its home opener against Truman State at 2 p.m. Sept. 3 in the DakotaDome.

A year ago, the Coyotes defeated Truman State, 49-0, at Kirksville, MO.

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