Coyotes storm past North Greenville Saturday, 63-0

Coyotes storm past North Greenville Saturday, 63-0 The University of South Dakota football team stormed out to a 42-0 halftime lead on its way to a 63-0 win over North Greenville Saturday at Younts Stadium in Tigerville, S.C. It was the first road win of 2008-09 for the Coyotes, who evened their season mark at 4-4. NGU dropped to 2-8 on the year. It was also USD's second shutout of 2008, and the fourth time it has held an opponent to seven points or less in 2008. A 35-point second quarter explosion highlighted a huge first half for USD. USD already held a 7-0 lead after one quarter after quarterback Noah Shepard (Jr., Thornton, Colo.) hit tight end Brandon White (Sr., Chester, S.D.) for a 9-yard touchdown with 8:46 left in the opening frame. From there, the Coyotes seized total control. USD extended its lead to 14-0 after Shepard hit Dustin Nowotny (RFr., Rapid City, S.D.) for a 9-yard touchdown to cap off a seven-play, 84-yard scoring drive with 14:53 left in the first half. Following that touchdown, USD forced a three-and-out, and Jeremy Blount (Fr., Tampa, Fla.) put the Coyotes on the verge of another score with a 33-yard punt return that put the ball at the NGU 9-yard line. On USD's first offensive play following Blount's big punt return, Shepard hit Dan Skelly (Jr., Champlin, Minn.) for a 9-yard touchdown, and with the extra point, the Coyotes had built a 21-0 lead with 12:23 left in the first half. The Coyote defense forced another three-and-out and the USD offense took over at its own 20-yard line and immediately began to march down the field. USD went 10 plays and 80 yards in a span of 4:38 and capped off the march with a 3-yard touchdown run by Matt Lee (Jr., Oxnard, Calif.). With the extra point, USD held a 28-0 lead with 6:03 left in the first half. The Coyote defense then provided a big play, as Ko Quaye (Jr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) forced a fumble on a sack and recovered it at the Crusader 24-yard line. USD quickly turned that into a touchdown as Shepard scored from 1-yard out to move the Coyote lead to 35-0 with 3:57 left in the first half. USD's defense was huge again in forcing its second turnover of the second quarter. This time, it was Tyler Spease (Sr., Rapid City, S.D.) who intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown as USD built a 42-0 advantage. It was the second interception for Spease in as many games. USD had a 311-70 edge in total yards in the first half, including a 186-23 edge in rushing yards. Shepard was nearly perfect in the contest, going 10-of-12 passing for 125 yards and three touchdowns in a little more than a half of action. He also rushed for 49 yards and a score in the first half. USD extended its lead to 49-0 right away in the second half as Blount took the second-half kickoff and returned it for an 86-yard touchdown. Chris Ganious (RFr., Houston, Texas) then added the Coyotes' eighth touchdown of the game in the third quarter as he broke loose for a 30-yard run with 10:46 left in the third frame to give USD a 56-0 advantage. The Coyotes' final touchdown came when backup quarterback Dante Warren (RFr., Arlington Heights, Ill.) hit Luis Gonzales III (Jr., El Cajon, Calif.) for a 6-yard touchdown with 7:38 left in the third quarter to make the score 63-0. USD outgained the Crusaders, 521-101, and had a 24-6 edge in first downs. Ganious led a balance Coyote ground attack with 92 yards on nine carries, including the third-quarter touchdown. Lee had 59 yards on 11 carries, including a touchdown. Isaac Newton (Jr., New Orleans, La.)added 51 yards rushing. Skelly had four catches for 38 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Routh (Jr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) paced the Coyote defense with seven tackles, including a sack. Quaye had a big game from his defensive line spot with five tackles, including three for a loss. Quaye also had a sack, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble. Shea Williams (RFr., Alexandria, S.D.) had five tackles. USD's defense was stellar against NGU's rushing game, holding the Crusaders to just 33 rushing yards on 22 carries. The Coyotes' next contest is at home on Saturday, Nov. 8 against Southern Oregon. Game time is 2 p.m. at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, S.D.

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