Jacks Back On Track After Smacking Missouri State

SDSU Wins 62-30

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – South Dakota State’s dynamic offense was on full display Saturday as the Jackrabbits scored their most-ever points against a Missouri Valley Football Conference opponent and racked up nearly 600 yards of a total offense in a 62-30 win at Missouri State.

The 13th-ranked Jackrabbits improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the MVFC with their 100th win as a member of the Football Championship Subdivision. Missouri State dropped to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in league play.

SDSU running back Mikey Daniel, who scored four touchdowns on short runs on the afternoon, opened the scoring with a 1-yard run. Cade Johnson recorded a 61-yard return on the opening kickoff to set up the first of nine Jackrabbit touchdowns on the afternoon.

Missouri State also scored on its first drive of the game, ending an eight-play, 53-yard march with a 39-yard field goal by Zach Drake.

The Jackrabbits again struck quickly as senior running back Brady Mengarelli ran around left end and cut back to the middle of the field for a 57-yard touchdown run on the first play of the ensuing drive for a 13-3 SDSU lead.

Later in the first quarter, Missouri State pulled back to within a field goal as Deion Holliman fielded a punt at his own 37, reversed field and rolled down the right sideline for a 63-yard touchdown.

After Daniel scored his second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run in the closing seconds of the first quarter, the shootout continued in the second. The Bears’ Jason Randall scored on a 68-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter, but SDSU quickly responded with a seven-play, 75-yard drive that was aided by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Johnson took a forward pitch 68 yards to the MSU 7 on the first play of the drive before Jackrabbit quarterback Taryn Christion snuck in from a yard out.

The two squads traded 7-yard touchdown passes later in the first half – the Bears’ Erik Furmanek scoring on a pass from Peyton Huslig before Johnson scored his first career receiving touchdown on pass to the right flat from Christion.

Missouri State pulled to within 34-27 at the half as Drake connected on a 48-yard field goal as time expired.

The Jackrabbit defense began to assert itself on the opening drive of the second half, stuffing a Missouri State quarterback sneak on fourth down at its own 34-yard line. SDSU again cashed in as Daniel crossed the goal line from 2 yards out.

SDSU’s lead grew to 55-27 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Dallas Goedert turned a short pass into a 42-yard touchdown thanks to strong downfield blocking by the Jackrabbit receiving corps late in the third quarter and Mengarelli opened the final stanza by scoring his second touchdown of the game on a 17-yard run.
After Drake booted his third field goal of the game, a 25-yarder early in the fourth quarter, Daniel capped the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run.

SDSU held a 591-448 advantage in total offense, gaining 329 through the air and 262 on the ground. Christion completed 14-of-19 passes for 323 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with Goedert tallying a game-high eight catches for 170 yards. Mengarelli carried 11 times for 115 yards, followed by 59 yards from Christion and 56 by Isaac Wallace. Daniel carried 10 times for 32 yards.

For MSU, Huslig completed 17-of-24 passes for 189 yards and was the Bears’ leading rusher with 16 carries for 123 yards. Malik Earl recorded six catches for 73 yards, with Holliman adding six receptions for 59 yards.

Christian Rozeboom registered a game-high 19 tackles for the Jackrabbits. Missouri native Seven Wilson, who made his first collegiate start, added seven stops. McNeece Egbim led Missouri State with 10 tackles, including 2.5 for loss.

UP NEXT
The Jackrabbits complete a two-game road swing Oct. 28 at Western Illinois. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Hanson Field in Macomb, Illinois.

NOTES
* SDSU leads the all-time series, 9-1
* The Jackrabbits improved to 100-63 in the FCS era, which began in 2004, including a 51-25 mark in MVFC games
* SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier moved into a tie with Randy Ball, who coached at both Western Illinois and Missouri State, for third place in MVFC history with 51 wins in league games
* The Jackrabbits’ previous high for points in an MVFC game was 59 versus Western Illinois in 2014
* Goedert recorded his third 100-yard game of the season and 10th of his career as he moved past Jason Schneider (2,404 yards from 2011-14) for fourth place in career receiving yards at SDSU with 2,464
* Mengarelli moved into ninth place in career rushing yards at SDSU with 2,311 yards, passing Rick Wegher (2,293 yards from 1981-84)
* Mengarelli’s 57-yard touchdown run matched the longest rushing attempt of his career
* Christion took over second place in career total offense for the Jackrabbits with 7,617 yards, moving past Ted Wahl (7,245 yards from 1985-88)
* Rozeboom tallied the 11th double-digit tackle performance of his career and was one tackle away from matching his single-game career high (20 versus Southern Illinois in 2016)
* Backup safety Alex Romenesko recorded his first career interception on Missouri State’s final drive of the game for the lone turnover of the contest
* Attendance was 6,253 at Plaster Stadium

-Recap Courtesy SDSU Athletics

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