Coyote football will face Cal Poly University For the fourth consecutive week and fifth time this year, The University of South Dakota football team will face an opponent for the first time ever. This week, the Coyotes make their Great West Conference debut when they go on the road to face Cal Poly University, the No. 8-ranked team in the latest FCS Coaches Poll. The Coyotes lost at Montana State, 37-18, while Cal Poly was idle last week. Cal Polyâ�?�?s last action was a 52-18 rout of Northwestern State on Sept. 20. Last Week vs. Montana State Despite forcing five turnovers, the Coyotes fell short in a 37-18 loss at Montana State. The Bobcats built a 14-0 halftime lead and held the Coyotes to a season-low of 241 yards of total offense. Brad McCurry recovered two special teams fumbles to pace the Coyotes, while Mychal Bogan, Isaiah Dixon and Ryan Routh had interceptions. Bogan and Wayne Curry led USD with six tackles each, while Routh, Ko Quaye and Blake Hojer had five apiece. Dion Foster and Isaac Newton rushed for touchdowns in the loss for USD, while backup quarterback Dante Warren connected with London Landry on a 5-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for the Coyotes. A closer look at Cal Poly The Mustangs have climbed to the No. 8 ranking in FCS. They are 2-1, with a 29-27 win over FBS program San Diego State and the win over Northwestern State. Cal Polyâ�?�?s only loss came to then-No. 3-ranked Montana, 30-28 on Sept. 6. The Mustangs feature a high-powered offensive attack that is averaging 36.3 points a game. Cal-Poly is averaging 458.0 yards of total offense. Quarterback Jonathan Dally has thrown for 692 yards and five touchdowns in two games, while All-American wide receiver Ramses Barden has caught 23 passes for 468 yards and four touchdowns for the Mustangs. Saturdayâ�?�?s meeting between South Dakota and Cal Poly will be the first-ever between the two schools. It will mark the fourth time this season the Coyotes will be facing an established FCS school. Both teams compete in the Great West Conference. Coyote Football Game Day Coverage Warren Swain and BEE 102.7 FM are in their first year of covering Coyote athletics. USDâ�?�?s agreement with 102.7 and Results Radio will significantly increase the listening coverage area. Coyote fans will now be able to catch all the action in South Dakota cities such as North Sioux City, Freeman, Madison, Brookings and Dell Rapids, Minnesota towns such as Worthington, Slayton and Pipestone and Iowa communities in Le Mars, Sibley and Sheldon. USD also reached an agreement with KYNT 1450 AM to simulcast all football games. KYNTâ�?�?s coverage will extend from Yankton, and will include Mitchell, Huron and Norfolk, NE. All Coyote home games will also be available via a live video Web cast. To access the Web cast, fans can go to www.usdcoyotes.com and click on the â�?�?broadcastsâ�? link on the column on the left side of the Web page. Swain, a veteran of Division I collegiate athletics broadcasting, will handle the play-by-play duties for USD and will be joined in the broadcast booth by former Coyote Luke Mikkelsen. During his distinguished career, Swain worked 27 seasons at Bowl Championship Series (BCS) institutions. He was recently the voice of Ohio University athletics where, in addition to game coverage, he also hosted the Frank Solich Call-In Show, Tim Oâ�?�?Shea Call-In Show and the daily Bobcat Minute. Prior to calling Bobcat athletics, Swain was the voice of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He called Husker football games from 1996-02, and during that time called some historic games in Nebraska history. He announced the 1997 Orange Bowl in which the Huskers won the national championship. At Nebraska, he broadcast seven bowl games including two Orange Bowls, one Rose Bowl and one Fiesta Bowl. In 2008, the Coyotes will face eight new teams, four of which are NCAA Division I FCS teams â�?�? Southeastern Louisiana, Montana State, Cal Poly and Southern Utah. This weekâ�?�?s test for the Coyotes is the second FCS ranked foe the Coyotes will have faced in 2008. USD lost to then-No. 5-ranked Northern Iowa, 24-13 on Sept. 16. USD also suffered a 31-30 road loss at SLU on Sept. 13 and a 37-18 loss at Montana State on Sept. 27. The Coyotes will travel to Southern Utah on Nov. 15. In all, USD will face six FCS teams, including former North Central Conference foes UNI and North Dakota. The Coyotes will conclude the 2008 season at home against UND on Nov. 22. The Coyotes have already beaten two new opponents â�?�? St. Ambrose (52-0) and Culver-Stockton (70-7). USD will also play at North Greenville (NCAA Division II) on Nov. 1 and play host to Southern Oregon (NAIA) on Nov. 8. USD also entertains Missouri S&T on Oct. 11 for Dakota Days; the Coyotes last played the school in 1902 when it was known as the Missouri School of Mines. 2008 Team Captains This season the Coyote captains will rotate among all of the teamâ�?�?s seniors. Below is a look at each weekâ�?�?s captains: St. Ambrose: David Hedges, Blake Hojer, Byron Thomas. Northern Iowa: Byron Bullock, Isaiah Dixon, Tyler Spease. Southeastern Louisiana: Brandon White, Joel Gentile. Culver-Stockton: Luke Groth, Dustin Little. Montana State: Byron Bullock, Isaiah Dixon, David Hedges. Cal Poly: Byron Thomas, Byron Bullock. Shepard moving up in USD offensive record books In his tenure as the starting quarterback at USD, junior Noah Shepard has proven to everyone that he is more than capable of leading the Coyotes into NCAA Division I FCS. As a sophomore, his first full season as the starter, he compiled the second best season by a quarterback in USD history with over 2,500 yards passing and 21 touchdown passes. Now in his third year as a starter, Shepard has started his assault on the Coyote passing records. Shepard is third in USD career passing with 5,500 yards. Wesley Beschorner, who is now the Coyote quarterbacks coach, holds the all-time record with 6,240 career passing yards. Shepard also is also chasing Beschorner for the career record for touchdown passes. Beschorner holds the record with 64, while Shepard has already compiled 49 in his Coyote career. Shepard also is second in total offense for his career with 6,792 yards, trailing Beschorner by 684. In addition to being one of the nationâ�?�?s top passers, Shepard is also a threat to run â�?�? he has rushed for 1,292 yards and 13 touchdowns in his career. McCurry named GWC Special Teams Player of Week Brad McCurry, a redshirt freshman on The University of South Dakota football team, was named the Great West Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 29. McCurry had a big game on special teams for the Coyotes in their 37-18 loss at Montana State Saturday. McCurry recovered two fumbles â�?�? one off of a punt return and one off of a kick return â�?�? in Saturdayâ�?�?s game. McCurry also had two special teams tackles. McCurry has seven tackles on special teams for USD this season. McCurry is the second Coyote player to be selected as a Great West Player of the Week. Earlier this season, Coyote receiver Dan Skelly (Jr., Champlin, MN) was named the GWC Offensive Player of the Week. Curry a force for Coyote defense Junior defensive lineman Wayne Curry has been a consistent force up front of the Coyote defense. Curry, a Tampa, FL, native, is second on the team with 30 tackles, and leads the team in tackles for loss with six. He also has two sacks. Curry has started all five games for the Coyotes. Coyotes ranked among FCS leaders in team stats The Coyote offense continues to be among the FCS leaders in total offense. After last week, the Coyotes are averaging 473.2 yards per game, which is second in FCS. The Coyotes also are ranked No. 12 in scoring offense (36.6 points per game), and 10th in rushing offense (229.2 yards per game). USD quarterback Noah Shepard is ranked 11th in passing efficiency (159.5), while receiver Dan Skelly is ranked sixth in receiving yards per game (118.2). On defense, the Coyotes are also tied for ninth in fumbles recovered (seven). Meierkort moving up in USD all-time coaching rankings Ed Meierkort is only in his fifth season as USDâ�?�?s head football coach but is already leaving his mark in the coaching record books. He is now fifth all-time at USD in career wins (35) and trails fourth-place A. H. Whittemore (1901-09, 1920-21) by just four victories. USD within six victories of 500 win milestone With the win over Culver-Stockton on Sept. 20, the Coyote football team is now six victories away from 500 all-time wins. USDâ�?�?s all-time record is 494-459-36. In all of NCAA college football, there are only 128 teams with 500 or more victories. Quick Facts on USD The South Dakota football program, which was established in 1889, has an alltime record of 494-459-36. Four times USD made playoffs appearances in NCAA Division II (1973, 1985, 1986, 2006). In total, USD won 10 North Central Conference crowns and had 58 student-athletes earn All-American honors. A total of 110 players received Academic All-NCC honors. Dome Field Advantage Since the Coyotes began playing their home games in the DakotaDome in 1979, they have compiled a 113-49 (.698) record at home, including a 24-1 mark under head coach Ed Meierkort. The Coyotes produced a 23-game home winning streak that spanned nearly four full seasons. Stanek solidifies punting spot for Coyotes Junior Tim Stanek has solidified the punting spot for USD the past two seasons. After averaging 40 yards per punt a year ago, Stanek is averaging 42.1 yards per punt this season and has five punts of 50 yards or more, topping his 2007 total of three. He also has five punts inside the 20 so far.
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