South Dakota, which led the nation in total offense and scoring a year ago, showed a similar attack on Thursday night, scoring on big plays and taking advantage of field position set up by a fast and physical defense.
"We were a very physical team tonight," said South Dakota head football coach Ed Meierkort, who improved his overall record at South Dakota to 19-4. "Our offensive executed very well and the defense was fast and they hit hard. The quarterbacks, while young and inexperienced, did a great job and showed flashes. Our offensive line is underrated."
With the win, the Coyotes picked up their 12th straight nonconference win. Overall, the Coyotes had 574 yards on 51 offensive plays for an 11.3 yard average. Led by Logan's 131 yards on the ground, USD rushed for 397 while throwing for 177 yards. The Coyotes recorded its first shutout since a 77-0 win over Minnesota-Crookston in week one of the 2005 season.
South Dakota's pre-season All-Americans, Stefan Logan on offense, and Jordan Davis on defense, made opening game statements.
Logan totaled 238 all purpose yards while recording his 25th 100-yard rushing game of his career, recording a kick return TD and also scoring on a two-yard run. Logan, who is USD's career all-time rusher, averaged 11.9 yards per carry and also had an 88-yard run.
Meanwhile, Davis led a dominating defensive performance by tying linebacker Ryan Hedden with a game-high seven tackles, picking off two passes for 66 yards in returns, blocking a kick and recording two pass breakups. Overall, the defense limited Quincy to 224 yards on 63 offensive plays or 3.6 yards per play.
Newcomer John Morales had two quarterback sacks as USD combined for three overall sacks. The defense had 13 tackles for loss. The Coyotes limited the Hawks to 47 yards rushing on 33 carries. Quincy had 177 yards passing.
"I thought we showed great poise tonight with all the pre-game hype and national rankings. We continued to press the issue and we continued to get better as the game wore on," said Meierkort.
Almost before everyone at the Parent's Night game was seated, Logan, a Harlon Hill Trophy candidate, electrified the crowd with a 94-yard kickoff return as USD jumped ahead, 7-0. It was Logan's first kickoff return for a TD. USD led, 21-0, after one quarter and built a 35-0 lead at halftime. USD scored 14 points in the third quarter and added 10 points in the fourth quarter.
After Logan's long return, senior Travis Mlady scored on a one-yard run at the 10:44 mark. With Frank Leibfarth's kick, the Coyotes led, 14-0. On the final play of the first quarter, wide receiver Rico Hatter took a reverse handoff from Logan and galloped 70 yards for his first career TD as a Coyote. At the 12:04 mark of the second quarter, Logan scored on a two-yard run and with Leibfarth's kick, the Coyotes led, 28-0.
Wide receiver Desmond Allison caught the first of two TD passes when he hauled in a three-yard pass from Carter Black at the 3:35 mark of the second quarter. The Coyotes took a 35-0 lead into the halftime break.
Black scored on a 14-yard run at the 9:59 mark of the third quarter to extend the lead to 42-0. Then, redshirt freshman Noah Shepard connected with Allison on a 62-yard TD pass at the 5:22 mark of the third quarter as USD led, 49-0.
"We had a good first game," said Allison, who led USD with three receptions for 81 yards and two TDs. "Noah made a great throw and I just ran under it and caught it," he said.
Leibfarth, who was 8-8 on extra points, made a 25-yard field goal at the 10:31 mark. The final score was a 63-yard TD run by Richard Jacobs with 7:14 to play.
Jacobs finished with seven carries for 92 yards and a TD. Darnell Pitts had five rushed for 47 yards. Black completed 3-of-8 passes for 28 yards and a TD and had two rushes for 28 yards. Shepard finished with five completions in eight attempts for 149 yards and a TD.
Quincy was led by quarterback Matt Wehrle, who completed 17-of-23 passes for 158 yards with two interceptions. Chris Jenkins led the Hawks' receivers with five catches for 89 yards. Corey Williams led the rushing attack for Quincy with 13 carries for 36 yards.
Next for the Coyotes is the Hall of Fame game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 against Minnesota-Crookston (0-1) at the DakotaDome.