Coyotes cruise past Culver-Stockton Saturday

Coyotes cruise past Culver-Stockton Saturday The University of South Dakota football team netted 727 total yards and 474 rushing yards in the 70-7 victory over Culver-Stockton College on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 20, in the DakotaDome. The Coyotes struck quickly as Dan Skelly (Jr., Champlin, MN) hauled in a 61-yard pass from Noah Shepard (Jr., Thornton, CO) on the first play from the line of scrimmage. Later in the first quarter, Dante Warren (Arlington Heights, IL) rushed for a 60-yard touchdown to put USD up 14-0. USD went up 21-0, on another Shepard to Skelly connection from 10 yards out with less than a minute remaining first quarter. The Coyotes continued their offensive attack in the second quarter, going on a seven-play, 84-yard scoring drive, which was capped off by a 10-yard run by Isaac Newton (Jr., New Orleans, LA). After holding Culver-Stockton to a three and out, USD put together another quick scoring drive ending in a 22-yard Shepard run. The drive was just three plays for 55 yards and took one minute. The Coyotes weren��?t through yet in the first half. For the third time in the game, Shepard and Skelly connected on touchdown passes. The two hooked up twice on the drive, completing a 56-yard pass play and then went on to score a touchdown on a 10-yard pass, as Shepard eluded a Wildcat defender. The second half kickoff was fumbled by CSC and recovered by USD��?s Adam Broders (RFr., Bloomfield, NE) at the Culver-Stockton 14-yard line. South Dakota took advantage as they put together a four-play, 14-yard drive that was capped off by a Matt Lee (Jr., Oxnard, CA) one-yard run that gave the Coyotes a 49-0 advantage. South Dakota scored two more times in the third quarter on a four-yard run by Dion Foster (So., Robins, IL) and a 14-yard scramble by Warren that gave the Coyotes a 63-0 lead after three quarters of play. USD final scoring drive of the day was a six-yard run by Jacob Breske (Jr., Webster) which ended a six-play, 42-yard drive. Culver-Stockton got on the board late in the fourth quarter with a 12-play, 81-yard drive that took up 6:52, as Justin Gumm found Turner Sir Oliv from 11 yards out. The Coyotes put up 727 yards of total offense which was just 19 yards short of tying the school record. Leading the way on offense was Shepard who was 8-of-12 passing for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Leading the way on the ground was Warren with 108 yards and two touchdowns. Shepard added 78 yards and a score on the ground and Lee and Newton had 76 and 68 yards respectively. Skelly led all receivers with a game-high 137 yards and three touchdowns. The Coyote offensive averaged an astounding 11.4 yards per play and finished the day with 29 first downs, with 21 of them coming on the ground. USD��?s defense was also dominant as Corey Kuehl (So., Rock Rapids, IA) and Broders lead the team with eight tackles a piece. Eric Leon (So., Lancaster, CA) chipped in six tackles, while Dache Fance (Jr., Long Beach, CA) and Abe Booker (Jr., Bloomington, MN) each had one sack. Borders continued his dominance as he picked off a Wildcat pass and recovered a fumble. Joel Gentile also recovered a fumble in the contest. USD resumes play Sept. 27 in Bozeman, MT when it takes on Montana State at 2 p.m.

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