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MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University Trojan football team hosted Minot State Saturday at the Trojan Field.  The Trojans suffered seven turnovers in the game as the Beavers held off DSU's rally in the second half, 35-19.

It could be both teams' last meeting before making their respective transitions next year.  Minot State will be moving to NCAA Division II, while Dakota State will become an NAIA independent team.

Dakota State remained winless in six games and dropped to 0-4 in the DAC conference.  Minot State won their fourth straight game, all DAC conference games, and raised their overall record to 4-2.

Minot State intercepted DSU's Paul Bagala throw on the Trojan 49-yard line in the Trojan's opening drive of the game.  The Beavers failed to score as Nik Richardson missed a 32-yard field goal that was wide left.

The Trojans suffered another turnover right after the Beaver missed their field goal.  Minot State's Brenden Weidler intercepted Bagala's pass on the Trojan 29-yard line and returned it for 18 yards.

The Beavers scored on a Tyson Schatz's 2-yard rushing touchdown.  Richardson's PAT kick was good to give Minot State a 7-0 early lead in the first quarter.

Dakota State used a big kick-off return by Aaron Gronwald for 42 yards to start the drive on Minot's 43-yard line.  The Trojans failed to convert their scoring opportunity as Carl Curtis dropped a pass on Minot's 23-yard line on a fourth-and-2 play.

The Trojans suffered their fourth turnover of the first half, two by downs in Minot's territory, in the beginning of the second quarter.  Bagala's pass to Derek Kreutzfeldt was incomplete on the Trojan's fourth-and-2 situation on Minot's 28-yard line.

Minot State used six plays for 72 yards in 2 minutes and 22 seconds to score their second touchdown of the game.  Layvester James passed to Zac Rudolph for a 41-yard touchdown.  Richardson's PAT kick was good to extend the Beaver lead to 14-0.

Dakota State converted the Beavers' first turnover in the game with less than two minutes remaining before halftime.   After the Beavers' fake punt by Nico Youngren for a first-down play, the Trojans faced a fourth-and-5 situation on Minot's 38-yard line.  The Trojans faked a punt as Joe Whealy rushed for 17 yards for a first down.  Bagala scored a quarterback keeper as the Trojans broke their scoring drought to cut the deficit to 14-6.  Dennis Lechner's PAT was blocked.  DSU used seven plays for 43 yards in 1:26 in their scoring drive.

In the third quarter, the Trojans had their opportunity to cut the deficit or tie the game.  DSU used nine plays for 56 yards in 3:53 before Bagala's third interception of the game on Minot's 5-yard line.

As the Beavers started their drive obtained from an interception, Minot State used 10 plays for 95 yards – 6 plays that resulted for 10 yards or more - in 5:45 for another score.  James connected to Nate Christianson for an 11-yard touchdown.  Richardson's PAT kick was good to put the Beavers up 21-6.

The Trojans trimmed the deficit to 21-13 early in the fourth quarter.  Dakota State used 10 plays for 82 yards in 2:56 in their scoring drive.  Darrik Bunker scored on 1-yard rushing touchdown.  Lechner's PAT kick was good.

On the next drive, the Beavers scored on a 21-yard rushing touchdown from Youngren.  Minot State used nine plays for 72 yards in 4:59 for the score.  Richardson's PAT kick was good to extend the Beavers' lead to 28-13.

The Trojans began their next drive on their own 32-yard line.  Bagala connected to Tommy McDonald for a 42-yard touchdown pass.  DSU used four plays for 68 yards, which included a 42-yard reception by Carl Curtis.  The PAT kick by Lechner was blocked as the Trojans remained behind, 28-19.

DSU attempted an onside kick and was successfully recovered by Bryce Logan on the Trojans' 43-yard line with 4:26 remaining in the fourth quarter.  The Trojans recorded two straight first downs before suffering a fumble.  Minot State recovered a fumble from Bagala on Minot State's 16-yard line with 3:30 left in the game.

Minot State scored their final points of the game by Youngren's 54-yard touchdown with 38 seconds remaining.  Richardson's PAT kick was good to extend the Beavers' lead to 35-19.

The Beavers scored 28 points off seven Trojan turnovers.  Minot State recorded one turnover in the game.

Dakota State outgained the Beavers 451-413.  The Trojans had 268 passing yards compared to the Beavers' 175 yards.  The Beavers outgained DSU 238-183 in rushing yards.

Bagala went 18-for-36 with 268 passing yards for the Trojans.  He recorded a touchdown and three interceptions.  He added eight rushes for 28 yards with a touchdown.

The Trojans had their first 100-yard rusher this season.  Bunker rushed 21 times for 106 yards and a touchdown.

Stacey Berg had eight receptions for 110 yards.  McDonald recorded three receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown.  Curtis added three catches for 66 yards.

For Minot State, James was 15-for-23 for 175 yards and recorded two touchdowns.

The Beavers had two rushers for over 100 yards.  Youngren rushed 16 times for 134 yards.  Schatz added 21 rushes for 105 yards.

Rudolph had three catches for 80 yards and a touchdown for the Beavers.  Lance Hollinger added five catches for 72 yards.

Joe Whealy had 12 tackles for Dakota State.  Eric Liles and Craig Hertz each had nine tackles.

Minot State's Eric Henke, Ben Pease and Tyson Snelling each recorded nine tackles.

Dakota State will head on the road for their next game on Saturday, Oct. 16.  The Trojans will face Valley City State in a DAC conference game in Valley City, N.D. Kick-off is slated for 1:30 p.m.


Courtesy: Nick Huntimer, DSU Athletics

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