The Sioux Falls Cougars are alone atop the NSIC Football standings.
It took everything they had to get there after a dramatic 37-36 win over Bemidji State on Saturday night in Sioux Falls.
USF (4-0) trailed Bemidji (3-1) 20-3 at half before mounting a furious third quarter rally. Max Mickey opened the period with a 75 yard touchdown run, Luke Papilion threw three touchdowns to Josh Angulo and ran for another score, as USF scored 34 points to take a 37-30 lead after 3.
However, with just 17 seconds left in the game, Beaver quarterback Jordan Hein rushed in for a one yard touchdown to make it 37-36. BSU elected to go for the win but Juwaan Richard was stopped short of the goal line.
Papilion went 23-41 for 229 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for 163 yards and that one score. Mickey ran 14 times for 207 yards and a score.
USF visits crosstown rival Augustana next Saturday at 1.
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