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Late Field Goal Gives South Dakota Win Over Youngstown State

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Fans packed into a sold-out DakotaDome to watch No. 3 Youngstown State take on No. 6 South Dakota. This was the FCS Football matchup of the week and the game didn’t disappoint. The South Dakota Coyotes defeated the Youngstown State Penguins 31-28 on a 25-yard field goal by Ryan Weese with just seven seconds left in the game. Not only was this a big game for both teams in the FCS Football rankings, it was also a big game in the Missouri Valley Conference. Youngstown State was coming off a huge win against South Dakota State last week. Saturday’s win now puts South Dakota at 5-0 on the season and they will break into the top-five in the FCS Football Rankings. Since moving to FCS Football, the Coyotes never were 5-0. They also never have beaten Youngstown State.

Chris Streveler is the star on this South Dakota team, but it was receiver, Shamar Jackson, who stepped up today. Jackson matched his season total with 11 receptions and broke the 45-year school receiving yards record set by Dwight Duncombe with 229 yards. Jackson said of the performance, ““It came down to winning one-on-one matchups.” A 71-yard touchdown reception by Jackson gave the Coyotes a 28-14 lead in the third quarter.

Streveler wasn’t too shabby on the day either. Once a Minnesota Golden Gopher, Streveler went 21-35, for 360 yards passing, and 3 touchdowns. He also had 48 rushing yards on 16 carries. With one touchdown pass to Jackson, Streveler connected with Brandt Van Roekel (22 yards), and Randy Baker (15 yards) for his other two touchdown passes. After the game, Streveler had this to say about Shamar Jackson’s performance. “Shamar did a great job. I got to give him a ton of credit. They play a ton of man-to-man and that puts a lot of stress on receivers get open. He was doing the hard part and I was just throwing him the ball. He did a great job of getting open and some other guys made some great plays too.”

 

Youngstown State scored a touchdown in every quarter and it was Tevin McCaster who scored all for touchdowns. The leading rusher for the Penguins had 90 yards rushing, on 22 carries. Nathan Mays got the start for Youngstown State at quarterback against South Dakota. Mays, who is known for his mobility over his passing ability, couldn’t get much going despite McCaster’s performance. The sophomore was 12-25, with 153 yards through the air and could only muster 30 rushing yards on 14 carries.

South Dakota almost blew a lead for the second-straight week after losing a 38-6 lead against Western Illinois and winning 38-33 the week before. The defense started to come unglued against the Penguins as they gave up a 28-14 lead towards the end of the third quarter. The key to both semi-meltdowns on defense though, is that the Coyotes still won both games. It’s fair to say that the defense still did their part in this game. Even with a mobile quarterback like Mays, South Dakota still sacked him six times. Sophomore defensive end Darrin Greenfield had two of those sacks, along with 7 tackles for the Coyotes. Greenfield talked about South Dakota’s strategy in defending Mays. “The positions the coaches put us in let us get in his face a lot. Even if we weren’t getting home we were getting in his face, altering his throw.”

The Penguins had a chance to be the team in position with a last second field goal, but seemed to play conservative on their last drive. Mays was sacked on 3rd-and-13 from their own 5-yard line and was forced to punt. South Dakota took over on their own 47-yard-line and it didn’t take long for Streveler to get the Coyotes into field goal range. Ryan Weese transferred to South Dakota from Kansas State and came on for the biggest kick in his career. “It went by so fast I really didn’t have time to think about it,” said Weese. “We practice it a lot. The offense put me in great position. I didn’t think about it too much.”

Even though the game was tight, South Dakota was able to take advantage of a Penguins defense that’s giving up almost 300 yards a game. Youngstown State did what many teams were able to do against the Coyotes. The had 188 rushing yards for the game, but lacked the passing needed to mix up the offense on the last drive. South Dakota had 486 total yards of offense to 344 yards for the Penguins. The Coyotes will most likely break into the top-five and could jump up to top-three status. They’ll stay at home to take on Indiana State next week. Youngstown State drops to 3-2 on the season and head back to Stambaugh Stadium in hopes of rebounding against North Dakota State next week.

 

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