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Trojans Fight Back to Win in 2OT



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MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University football team kicked off their two-game home stand at the Trojan Field Saturday afternoon at Trojan Field, hosting Jamestown (N.D.) in the battle of former Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) foes. The Trojans rallied back to tie the game with seven seconds left in the game and extended the game into overtime. After a scoreless first overtime period, both DSU and JC scored a touchdown in the second overtime period. The Trojans prevented the Jimmies' two-point attempt as DSU sealed the victory by the score of 35-34 in double overtime.

DSU improved their overall record to 2-8 and 1-1 in the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference record. Jamestown dropped their record to 3-6 and 2-2 in the A.I.I.

The Trojans ended their five-game losing streak in the series meeting with Jamestown (last win with Jamestown was on Oct. 29, 2005 at Jamestown; last home win versus the Jimmies was on Oct. 30, 2004 by the score of 27-7).

Dakota State earned the first lead of the game in the late first quarter. Nic Behrens kicked a 37-yard field goal to give DSU a 3-0 lead with one minute and two seconds left in the first quarter. The Trojans used seven plays for 49 yards in 3:37 in the scoring drive.

DSU extended their lead to 10-0 in the second quarter. Brandon Large connected to Stacey Berg for an 83-yard touchdown pass with less than nine minutes before intermission. Behrens added a successful PAT kick for the Trojans.

Jamestown broke their scoring drought in the ensuing possession. Matt Mithaugen rushed for a one-yard touchdown. Ryan Benke's PAT kick was good as JC trimmed DSU's lead to 10-7 with 4:44 left in the second quarter. The Jimmies used nine plays for 55 yards in 4:13 for the score.

The Trojans used the final 13 plays of the first-half and was unable to convert a scoring opportunity as DSU earned a 10-7 halftime lead.

Behrens kicked a 28-yard field goal to widen DSU's lead to 13-7 with 5:39 left in the third quarter. The Trojans recorded 12 plays for 62 yards in 6:12 for the score.

JC overtook the lead from the Trojans late in the third quarter. Beau Eriksson threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Michael Sena with 19 seconds left in the third quarter. Benke added the PAT kick to give Jimmies a 14-13 lead.

Jamestown expanded their lead to 21-13 in the fourth quarter. After the Jimmies recovered the ball from DSU's fumble, Eriksson connected to Sena for a 13-yard touchdown pass. Benke hit the PAT kick to widen JC's lead to eight points.

The Trojans answered back in the ensuing drive. DSU used seven plays for 72 yards in two minutes as Large threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Bobby TIsch. The Trojans converted the 2-point conversion successfully as Large passed to Bryson Hunter to tie the game at 21-21 with 3:22 remaining in the game.

Jamestown made it 28-21 with 1:35 left in the game. Mithaugen rushed for a 40-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-one situation on DSU's 40-yardline (Benke's PAT kick was good).

Dakota State responded back in the final drive of regulation. Large connected to Carl Curtis for a three-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds remaining in the game. Behrens' PAT kick was good as DSU tied the game at 28-28 and forced the game into overtime.

Both teams were unable to score in the first overtime of the game. Benke missed a 38-yard field goal for the Jimmies. Then, Behrens missed a 24-yard field goal for the Trojans.

Dakota State started the first drive in the second overtime. The Trojans used three plays to score a touchdown. DSU opened with a two-yard run by John Niesen. Then, Large threw a 22-yard pass to Curtis to JC's 1-yardline. Niesen rushed for a one-yard touchdown to give DSU a 34-28 lead. Behrens added the PAT kick to make it 35-28 in favor of the Trojans.

The Jimmies scored in the next drive of the second overtime. Mithaugen rushed for an eight-yard touchdown on a third-and-four situation for JC. Eriksson's pass was incomplete in JC's attempt for 2-point conversion as DSU sealed the victory.

Large completed 23 passes in 36 attempts for 287 yards with three touchdown passes for DSU. He broke a DSU school record book for most passing yards in a single season with 2,708 yards – previously set by Justin Thielke with 2,501 yards in 1999.

Four DSU rushers combined for a total of 189 rushing yards in the game. Niesen rushed 25 times for 82 yards and a touchdown. Kris Dearie added 50 yards in 15 rushing attempts. Peter Malaga added 10 rushes for 40 yards. Large rushed four times for 30 yards.

DSU's Bobby Tisch had 11 receptions for 103 yards with a touchdown. Stacey Berg added five receptions for 120 yards and recorded a touchdown. Curtis had four catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Eriksson was 18-for-24 with 214 yards and recorded two touchdowns for Jamestown. Sena had four receptions for 99 yards with two touchdowns. Mithaugen rushed 16 times for 93 yards and recorded two touchdowns.

Craig Hertz had 13 tackles and a forced fumble for the Trojans. Eric Liles added 11 tackles. Blake Schlagel had 1.5 quarterback sacks, while Josh Licht added a quarterback sack. Zach Ely recorded a blocked punt.

Rob Gibson had 15 tackles for the Jimmies. AJ Downs added 12 tackles. CJ Costello had 10 tackles.

Dakota State produced 28 first-downs (14 from rushing, 12 from passing and two from penalties) in the game. The Trojans broke the DSU school record for the most first-downs in a single season with 205. JC had 16 first-downs.

DSU outgained the Jimmies 476-349 in total offensive yards. The Trojans rushed 55 times in the game for 189 yards compared to the Jimmies' 35 rushes for 135 yards. DSU amassed a total of 287 passing yards, while JC had 214 passing yards.

The Trojans maintained possession for 33 minutes and 35 seconds in the game. JC had a time possession of 26:25.

DSU was 6-for-16 in third-down conversions compared to JC's 2-for-11.

Dakota State looks to make it two straight wins next Saturday (Nov. 3) as they conclude their 2012 regular-season at home. The Trojans face another former DAC foe – Mayville State (N.D.) – with a kickoff starting at 3 p.m. Seniors will be recognized prior to the game at the Trojan Field.
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