With the win the Coyotes improve to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the NCC. Minnesota-Duluth falls to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play. The win also gives South Dakota the all-time series lead at 4-3.
The Coyotes, who entered the game with the nation's top-ranked offense, averaging 648 yards per game, got off to a sluggish start. For the second straight week the South Dakota offense failed to score in the first quarter, but again managed to score big points in the final three quarters.
After trailing 9-0 after one quarter, USD outscored UMD, 36-13, during the rest of the game. USD had a 29-6 scoring advantage in the second half. The Coyotes had 472 yards in total offense, including 178 yards rushing on 40 carries and 294 yards through the air. UMD finished with 297 yards in total offense, including 109 by rushing and 188 by passing the ball.
USD quarterback Noah Shepard (Thornton, CO) completed 26-of-40 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns. In three games, Shepard has already thrown for 1,009 yards with 11 touchdowns and owns a pass efficiency rating of 163.21.