North Dakota defeats the Coyotes in battle of the nation’s top offenses

North Dakota defeats the Coyotes in battle of the nation's top offenses
The final game of the 2007 season, the final game of the NCC and the final game of NCAA Division II play lived up to all the hype. Records fell and a streak came to an end as the University of North Dakota defeated The University of South Dakota in thrilling fashion, 31-27. In a game that had two of the nation's top offenses on display, 8,967 fans showed up to DakotaDome to witness the 90th meeting between the two schools.

The loss snaps South Dakota's (6-5, 5-3 NCC) 23-game home winning streak. The streak started on Nov. 15, 2003 when the Coyotes defeated Lincoln University 56-7. During the streak they outscored their opponents 1,017 to 335. This is the first loss for head coach Ed Meierkort at DakotaDome (22-1) and for the USD seniors it is their only home loss of their career.

Amos Allen (Senior; Miami, FL) broke two school records in the game. He set the South Dakota single game record for rushing yards with 306 yards and scored two touchdowns. The previous record was held by Stefan Logan who ran for 295 yards in 2005 against Truman State. Allen also broke the USD single season rushing record, as he finished the season with 1,961 rushing yards. Jamel White set the record in 1999 when he ran for 1,796 yards.


In addition to the records that he broke, Allen also finished the season as the leading rusher in the nation.

Frank Leibfarth (Senior; Yankton) also re-wrote Coyote history. With his two field goals and three PATs, he tied Jason Leber (1993-96) for the USD career scoring record. Both players finished their careers with 236 points. Leibfarth finishes his career with 27 field goals and 155 extra points.

Senior wide receiver Brooks Little (Castlewood) added to his career receptions record and also moved into second place on the USD career receiving yards list. He had two catches for 29 yards in the game. The career receptions record now stands at 164. His 29 receiving yards moved him past Chris Mikkelsen (2001-04) into second place on the Coyote career receiving yards list. Rod Tweet (1983-85) holds the record with 2,557 yards.

The Coyotes gained just 90 yards through the air as Noah Shepard (Sophomore; Thornton, CO) attempted just 16 passes. He completed six passes in the game. Shepard was again effective on the ground however, as he ran for 53 yards and a touchdown.

For the second week in a row, Tyler Bergan (Senior; Grinnell, IA) finished in double-digits in tackles to lead the Coyote defense. He recorded 11 tackles in the game, one week after recording a career-high 14 against Nebraska-Omaha. Justiss Scales (Senior; Columbus, OH) added six tackles and a sack.

North Dakota was led by the passing attack of quarterback Danny Freund and wide receiver Weston Dressler. Freund completed 20-of-28 passes.

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