North Dakota rallied from a 34-14 deficit in the second half to force overtime, and beat South Dakota 47-44 on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Keaton Studsrud in double overtime Saturday at Alerus Center.
It was the first meeting between the former NCC rivals since 2011. South Dakota (1-2) fell to 0-13 in Grand Forks since 1985. North Dakota (1-2) won its 30th consecutive home opener.
North Dakota climbed within seven at 34-27 on a 28-yard field goal by Reid Taubenheim with 5:03 left in regulation, and tied it on a 33-yard interception return by Deion Harris with 3:28 left. It was the second pick-six of the game for the Fighting Hawks, whose first score was a 33-yard interception return by Cole Reyes near the end of the first quarter.
Hawks’ running back John Santiago scored on the first play of overtime on a sweep to the left side. He had 140 yards on 22 carries and also had a 7-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter. South Dakota countered with a 25-yard touchdown strike from Chris Streveler to Shamar Jackson on its first play of overtime. Miles Bergner’s extra point made it 41-41.
Bergner’s third field goal of the game, a 37-yarder, put the Coyotes back ahead at 44-41. Bergner also made good from 35 and 50 yards. He broke Kurt Seibel’s USD-record for career field goals with his 50 yarder and is the all-time leader with 46.
Studsrud threw a 17-yard pass to Luke Stanley to reach the 8 in double overtime. Santiago carried to the 1 and Studsrud’s second sneak from there was the winner. Studsrud was 12-of-25 for 177 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 48 yards.
Streveler threw four touchdown passes for the second consecutive game. He passed for 215 yards and ran for 90. Trevor Bouma carried 25 times for 95 yards and a score. He surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards during the game and stands with 2,008. Riley Donovan caught four passes for 103 yards, which included a 63-yard touchdown catch right before halftime that put USD ahead 27-14 at the break. It was the fourth 100-yard receiving effort for Donovan and first since 2013.
South Dakota does not compete next week. The Coyotes will open MVFC play Oct. 1 at Youngstown State in Ohio.