Cal Poly spoils Great West debut for Coyotes 49-22 Cal Poly, the No. 8-ranked team in FCS, spoiled the Great West Conference debut for The University of South Dakota football team Saturday night, defeating the Coyotes, 49-22 in front of 11,075 fans at Alex G. Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo, CA. The Coyotes fell to 2-4 on the year and 0-1 in the GWC. All four USD losses have been to FCS foes on the road. The Mustangs (3-1, 1-0 GWC) were the second top 10-ranked FCS foe to beat the Coyotes this season. On Sept. 6, USD fell at then-No. 5-ranked Northern Iowa, 24-13. Coyote quarterback Noah Shepard (Jr., Thornton, CO) rushed for 92 yards and three touchdowns in the loss. He was also 18-of-34 passing for 211 yards. Ben Oberle (Jr., Vermillion) paced the Coyote receiving corps with six catches for 78 yards. Wayne Curry (Jr., Tampa, FL) paced the Coyote defense with 11 tackles, including one for a loss. The Mustangs were led by a big night from six-foot-six All-American receiver Ramses Barden. The senior from Altadena, CA hauled in five passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns for Cal Poly. The three touchdowns came in the first half as Cal Poly built a 28-7 halftime advantage. Cal Poly struck first as Barden hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Dally to put the Mustangs up 7-0. USD got the ball back but a pass from Shepard was tipped and intercepted by David Fullerton. A few plays later, Cal Polyâ�?�?s James Noble received the pitch on the option and scored from 34 yards out to put the Mustangs up 14-0 with 9:15 left in the first quarter. Barden hauled in another touchdown late in the first as the Mustangs built a 21-0 lead with 4:24 left in the first. After a Cal Poly punt pinned USD inside its own five-yard line, the Coyote offense responded with an impressive 14-play, 98-yard touchdown drive. Shepard opened the drive with a big 15-yard completion to Dan Skelly (Jr., Champlin, MN) to give USD breathing room. Shepard also hit Oberle for a key 12-yard reception on the drive and then used his feet for a 24-yard gain. USD faced a fourth-and-eight in Mustang territory when Shepard hit Dustin Nowotny (Fr., Rapid City) for a 12-yard gain to keep the drive alive. Shepard capped off the scoring march with a one-yard run to bring USD within 21-7 with 7:21 left in the second quarter. Barden hauled in his third touchdown pass of the half, a 16-yard reception, to make it 28-7 later in the second quarter. Cal Poly scored the first two touchdowns of the second half to build a 42-7 lead.�? Following those scores, the Coyotes went on a 10-play, 60-yard drive that was capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by Shepard to climb within 42-15. After Cal Poly scored its final touchdown, the Coyotes answered with Shepardâ�?�?s third touchdown of the game with 3:30 left to climb to within 49-22. After struggling at times offensively last week at Montana State, the Coyote offense had success moving the ball against Cal Poly, compiling 447 yards of total offense, including 190 on the ground. For USDâ�?�?s defense, Blake Hojer (Sr., DeSmet) added nine and Byron Bullock (Sr., Inglewood, CA) added eight. Ryan Routh (Jr., Sioux Falls) added a sack. London Landry (Jr., Lancaster, CA) had a solid game for the Coyote offense with five catches for 59 yards. USD returns home Saturday, Oct. 11 to face Missouri S&T in the annual Dakota Days contest. Game time is 2 p.m. Saturday at the DakotaDome.
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