BROOKINGS – Mother Nature gave it her best shot, but nothing could slow down the Jackrabbits on Saturday.
Fifth-seeded South Dakota State drubbed Duquesne 51-6 in the second round of the FCS Playoffs on a snowy and windy afternoon at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.
“I’m proud of our football team,” said SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier. “I thought we played, in that environment, an unbelievable game.
“I’m really proud of our defense. I’m excited about the way we ran the football in those conditions. I’m proud of each one of those 64 guys that put on a blue jersey, because they came to play.
“It was a fun game to be a part of.”
SDSU (9-2) hits the road to face No. 4 Kennesaw State (11-1) – a 13-10 winner over Wofford – in the quarterfinals Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be on ESPN3.
Mikey Daniel reached the century mark for the first time in his career, finishing on the number on just 10 carries while scoring a pair of touchdowns.
Taryn Christion hit Cade Johnson for a 43-yard touchdown on the game’s opening possession. The sophomore wide receiver tied the MVFC and school records for TD catches in a season with 16.
Brandon Snyder recovered a fumble at the Dukes’ 33-yard-line late in the first quarter and Isaiah Hill scored on a reverse – his first of two such plays – from 23 yards out early in the second.
The Jackrabbits went on a pair of scoring sprees, the first of which came just before halftime.
One play after the defense stuffed Duquesne on a fourth-and-1, Pierre Strong Jr. surged to the end zone from 52 yards out 1:32 before the break.
SDSU forced a quick three-and-out and Chase Vinatieri kicked a 39-yard field goal with 26 seconds left to make it 24-0 at halftime.
The visitors gained some momentum in the third quarter.
Daniel Parr’s 68-yard completion to Kellon Taylor set up the quarterback’s 3-yard TD rush. Krockett Krolikowski blocked the PAT.
The Dukes forced a punt and retook possession at their own 20; however, a three-and-out halted momentum and the Jackrabbits took complete control soon thereafter.
Hill’s second TD came on a 15-yard rush on another reverse at the 6:37 mark of the third.
That jumpstarted the second scoring spree.
Larenzo Williams made a leaping interception two plays later and returned it 22 yards to the Dukes’ 32.
Daniel ran right and hurdled a defender on his way to a 27-yard score.
The offense didn’t have to take the field for the next end zone visit as Zy Mosley picked off his fourth pass of the season and housed it from 43 yards out.
That made it 44-6 with 3:30 to play in the third.
Daniel added a 4-yard scoring rush with 13:02 remaining in the game, pushing his yardage total to an even 100.
Logan Backhaus, who had a sack, and Christian Rozeboom both finished with a pair of tackles.
Christion ended up 12-of-26 for 144 yards. Johnson had eight receptions covering 99 yards. Strong ran 12 times for 92 yards.
Duquesne’s A.J. Hines was limited to 21 yards on 10 carries as he finished the season with 1,520 rushing yards – 25 off the school record.
The Dukes wrapped up a standout season that saw them win their first-ever FCS Playoffs game with a 9-4 record.
Daniel rushed for 97 yards three weeks ago versus Southern Illinois, before getting to 100 against Duquesne.
The junior has 10 rushing touchdowns this season and 22 in his career to go with one TD reception. He has 1,180 career rushing yards, including 617 this year.
Preston Tetzlaff made a pair of tackles Saturday to push his season total to 16.
Fellow sophomore Eddie Miller didn’t start but did play after missing the last two games due to injury.
SDSU is in the quarterfinals for the third year in a row. … The Jackrabbits are 7-7 in the FCS Playoffs, including a 5-0 record at home (4-0 in DJDS). ... The Jackrabbits hit the nine-win mark for the ninth time in school history. They won 11 during last year’s semifinal run. … In the FCS career ranks, Christion moved from 16th to 15th in total yards of offense (12,654) and 28th to 25th in career passing yards (11,208). He remained 18th in touchdown completions (101). … (From SDSU Information): Vinatieri broke his own school record for extra points in a season, upping his total to 60 (previous record 58 in 2017). He moved into a tie for third place on the SDSU career field goals chart with Brett Gorden (36 from 1995-98).
No. 5 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 51, DUQUESNE 6
DU (9-4) 0 0 6 0 – 6
SDSU (9-2) 7 17 20 7 – 51
SDSU – Cade Johnson 43 pass from Taryn Christion (Chase Vinatieri kick), 10:30
SDSU – Isaiah Hill 23 run (Vinatieri kick), 14:51
SDSU – Pierre Strong Jr. 52 run (Vinatieri kick), 1:32
SDSU – Vinatieri 39 FG, :26
DU – Daniel Parr 3 run (kick blocked), 13:59
SDSU – Hill 15 run (kick blocked), 6:37
SDSU – Mikey Daniel 27 run (Vinatieri kick), 6:06
SDSU – Zy Mosley 43 interception return (Vinatieri kick), 3:30
SDSU – Daniel 4 run (Vinatieri kick), 13:02.
First Downs 10 24
Plays-Yards 59-244 66-470
Rushes-Yards 35-84 40-326
C-A-Int.-Yards 14-24-2-160 12-26-0-144
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1
Penalties-Yards 6-60 8-65
Punts-Avg.-I20-TB 6-32.3-1-0 3-45.3-1-2
Kickoffs-Avg.-TB 2-54-0 9-61.2-6
Punt Returns-Yards-TD 0-0-0 3-6-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards-TD 3-48-0 2-40-0
Interception Returns-Yards-TD 0-0-0 2-65-1
Fumble Returns-Yards-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 28:21 31:39
Third-down Conversions 3-of-13 5-of-13
Fourth-down Conversions 0-of-3 1-of-2
Red Zone Chances-TD-FG 1-1-0 2-2-0
Sacks By-Yards 0-0 3-15
Field Goals 0-for-0 1-for-1
RUSHING: DU – Daquan Worley 12-60, A.J. Hines 10-21, Daniel Parr 7-12, P.J. Fulmore 5-(-1), Nehari Crawford 1-(-8). SDSU – Mikey Daniel 10-100, Pierre Strong Jr. 12-92, Taryn Christion 4-49, Isaiah Hill 2-38, Jefferson Lee V 10-31, Kanin Nelson 1-17.
PASSING: DU – Daniel Parr 14-24-2-160. SDSU – Taryn Christion 12-26-0-144.
RECEIVING: DU – Kellon Taylor 5-97, Nehari Crawford 4-31, Kareem Coles Jr. 3-26, Aidan Cain 1-6, P.J. Fulmore 1-0. SDSU – Cade Johnson 8-99, Adam Anderson 3-28, Blake Kunz 1-17.
DEFENSE: DU – Nohea Keahi 6 tackles; Reid Harrison-Ducros 5 tackles, FF; Abner Roberts 5 tackles; Brendan Thompson 5 tackles; Rob Marra INT. SDSU – Logan Backhaus 7 tackles, sack; Christian Rozeboom 7 tackles; Brandon Snyder 5 tackles, FF, FR, PBU; Seven Wilson 4 tackles, blocked punt; Jordan Brown 4 tackles; Austin Smenda 4 tackles; Josh Manchigiah 4 tackles; Dalton Cox 4 tackles; Zy Mosley INT, TD; Larenzo Williams INT; Caleb Sanders sack; Krockett Krolikowski blocked PAT, .5 sack; Ryan Earith .5 sack.
A – 3,042.
All eight seeded teams posted second-round wins.
Top-seeded and defending-champion North Dakota State rolled past Montana State 52-10. The Missouri Valley Football Conference champs have won 18 consecutive games.
The Bison now face No. 8 Colgate, a 23-20 second-round winner over James Madison.
MVFC member Northern Iowa fell 23-16 at No. 2 UC Davis.
The Big Sky’s three seeded teams all won, with No. 2 Weber State defeating Southeast Missouri State 48-23 and No. 3 Eastern Washington topping Nicholls State 42-21 to go with the Aggies’ triumph.
The Colonial Athletic Association qualified a record six teams but now has just one remaining – No. 7 Maine, which beat Jacksonville State 55-27.
No. 4 Kennesaw State edged Wofford 13-10 and will play host to No. 5 South Dakota State in the quarterfinals.
No. 1 North Dakota State 52, Montana State 10
No. 8 Colgate 23, James Madison 20
No. 5 South Dakota State 51, Duquesne 6
No. 4 Kennesaw State 13, Wofford 10
No. 3 Eastern Washington 42, Nicholls State 21
No. 6 UC Davis 23, Northern Iowa 16
No. 7 Maine 55, Jacksonville State 27
No. 2 Weber State 48, Southeast Missouri State 23
Friday, Dec. 7
No. 7 Maine (9-3) at No. 2 Weber State (10-2), 7 p.m. [ESPN2]
Saturday, Dec. 8
No. 8 Colgate (10-1) at No. 1 North Dakota State (12-0), 11 a.m. [ESPN]
No. 5 South Dakota State (9-2) at No. 4 Kennesaw State (11-1), 1 p.m. [ESPN3]
No. 6 UC Davis (10-2) at No. 3 Eastern Washington (10-2), 3 p.m. [ESPN3]
Semifinals – Friday, Dec. 14-Saturday, Dec. 15
NDSU/Colgate winner vs. KSU/SDSU winner
WSU/Maine winner vs. UCD/EWU winner
Saturday, Jan. 5
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
11 a.m. [ESPN2]
RECORDS BY CONFERENCE
Qualifiers Rec. Byes
Big South 1 1-0 1
Patriot 1 1-0 1
Big Sky 4 4-1 3
MVFC 3 3-1 2
Ohio Valley 2 2-2 0
Northeast 1 1-1 0
\Southern 2 1-2 0
Colonial 6 2-5 1
Southland 3 1-3 0
Pioneer 1 0-1 0
• No. 1 North Dakota State 52, Montana State 10
FARGO, N.D. – Lance Dunn ran 11 times for 127 yards and scored four touchdowns as the top-seeded Bison dominated the Bobcats.
The defending national champions and winners of five of the past six FCS titles racked up 407 yards on 44 carries.
Bruce Anderson added 118 yards and Ty Brooks 103, as both players found the end zone once.
Easton Stick was 7-of-12 for 86 yards with an INT through the air.
MSU’s Troy Andersen ran for 129 yards and a TD while going 7-of-18 for 124 yards with an INT through the air.
The Bobcats struck first on Tristan Bailey’s 24-yard field goal 2:07 into the game.
Dunn had TD runs of 1, 11, 1 and 46 yards. In between, Anderson scored from 32 yards out. Cam Pedersen’s 27-yard field goal made it 38-3 at halftime.
Andersen had a 51-yard scoring scamper at the 5:47 mark of the third.
NDSU’s Ty Brooks found paydirt on a 30-yard rush later in the third and Cofield plunged in from a yard out with 9:57 remaining in the game to provide for the final margin.
The Bison’s Jabril Cox tallied 10 tackles and Marquise Bridges intercepted a pass.
The Bison (12-0) pushed their winning streak to 18 games, the 11th-longest in FCS history. They hold the record at 33.
NDSU improved 29-2 in the FCS Playoffs, including a 22-1 mark in the Fargodome.
The Bobcats (8-5) were an at-large out of the Big Sky Conference.
Total offense: NDSU 56-493 (44-407 rushing/7-12-86 passing), MSU 60-301 (42-177 rushing/7-18-124 passing). Turnovers: NDSU 1 (1 INT), MSU 1 (1 INT). Possession time: NDSU 29:27, MSU 30:33. A: 17,007.
• No. 8 Colgate 23, James Madison 20
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Chris Puzzi kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired as the Patriot League champion and eighth-seeded Raiders (10-1) edged the Dukes (9-4), an at-large from the CAA.
Colgate’s Grant Breneman went 14-of-23 for 190 yards with a TD and ran for a score. James Holland rushed for 89 yards.
Tyler Castillo picked off a pair of passes while T.J. Holl, who had 11 tackles, Ben Hunt IV and Abu Daramy-Swaray each added an interception.
JMU’s Ben DiNucci was 19-of-33 for 192 yards with five INTs and ran for 76 yards and a touchdown.
The Dukes struck first on Cardon Johnson’s 2-yard run 2 1/2 minutes into the game.
Puzzi sandwiched field goals of 37 and 23 yards around a 34-yard boot by JMU’s Ethan Ratke, leaving the score at 10-6 at halftime.
A 38-yard kick by Ratke made it 13-6 early in the third.
Colgate answered with a pair of scores as Breneman found the end zone on a 32-yard run and later hit Owen Rockett for a 14-yard touchdown to put the home team ahead 20-13 at the 3:51 mark of the period.
DiNucci’s 7-yard scoring scamper with 8:22 remaining in the game knotted things up at 20-all.
Total offense: CU 68-330 (45-140 rushing/14-23-190 passing), JMU 74-392 (39-200 rushing/19-35-192 passing). Turnovers: CU 1 (1 fumble), JMU 5 (5 INT). Possession time: CU 35:00, JMU 25:00. A: 6,418.
• No. 4 Kennesaw State 13, Wofford 10
KENNESAW, Ga. – Justin Thompson connected on a 30-yard field goal with 1:52 remaining as the Big South Conference champion and fourth-seeded Owls (11-1) pushed their winning streak to 11 games with a defeat of the Southern Conference champion Terriers (9-4) in a matchup of triple-option offenses on a wet day at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
Anthony Gore sacked Wofford’s Joe Newman for a 20-yard loss and the quarterback fumbled. Andrew Butcher recovered the ball at the Terriers’ 21-yard line with 3:28 to go to set up the winning score.
KSU (seven) and Wofford (11) combined for just 18 first downs and both turned the ball over twice.
The Owls’ Darnell Holland picked up 74 yards on the ground and score once. Chandler Burks was 6-of-14 for 79 yards with an INT.
Newman was 8-of-13 for 153 yards with a TD and an INT for the Terriers. Nathan Walker rushed for 56 yards.
Holland opened the scoring with a 53-yard run on the first play of the second quarter.
Wofford quickly pulled even on Newman’s 57-yard TD toss to D’mauriae Van Cleave, who finished with five catches for 93 yards. Luke Carter’s 45-yard field goal put the Terriers ahead 10-7.
Thompson kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired to knot the score at 10-10 at halftime.
Gore racked up 12 tackles, including six for loss as the Owls totaled 13 TFLs. Cincere Mason picked off a pass.
The Terriers’ Miles Brown made 10 stops, including two for loss (one sack).
Total offense: KSU 58-242 (44-163 rushing/6-14-79 passing), WC 61-236 (44-74 rushing/10-17-162 passing). Turnovers: KSU 2 (1 INT/1 fumble), WC 2 (1 INT/1 fumble). Possession time: KSU 25:24, WC 34:14. A: 3,515.
• No. 3 Eastern Washington 42, Nicholls State 21
CHENEY, Wash. – The third-seeded Eagles (10-2) overcame a slow start with 39 unanswered points to beat the Southland Conference champion Colonels (9-4).
EWU’s Sam McPherson ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns and also had a 32-yard completion. Eric Barriere was 17-of-29 for 162 yards with a TD and an INT through the air.
NSU’s Dontrell Taylor picked up 112 yards on the ground, scoring once. Chase Fourcade ended up 17-of-30 for 146 yards with an INT.
Trailing 14-3, Dylan Ledbetter blocked a field-goal attempt and Kedrick Johnson recovered the ball and took it 55-yards to the house as time expired to shift momentum in favor of the home team at halftime.
Barriere hit Andrew Boston for a 34-yard touchdown at the 9:24 mark of the third to put the Eagles ahead 17-14. Roldan Alcobendas kicked a 45-yard field goal later in the period.
McPherson’s scoring runs of 4 and 34 yards made it 35-14 with 7:19 to play. Ketner Kupp added a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown with 3:34 left to push the margin to 42-14.
Kupp totaled 12 tackles and Chris Ojoh 11 for EWU, an at-large out of the Big Sky Conference.
Total yards: EWU 73-431 (43-237 rushing/18-30-194 passing), NSU 73-381 (43-235 rushing/17-30-147 passing). Turnovers: EWU 2 (1 INT/1 fumble), NSU 2 (1 INT, 1 fumble). Possession time: EWU 29:48, NSU 30:12. A: 5,250.
• No. 6 UC Davis 23, Northern Iowa 16
DAVIS, Calif. – The Aggies (10-2) scored 20 consecutive points and then held off the Panthers (7-6) in a matchup of teams from the Big Sky and Missouri Valley.
Jake Maier was 28-of-42 for 310 yards with a TD and a pair of INTs. Tehran Thomas picked up 87 yards on the ground.
UNI’s Eli Dunne finished 22-of-40 for 273 yards with two picks. Trevor Allen ran for 62 yards.
UNI’s Austin Errthum sandwiched field goals around a 24-yard boot by UCD’s Max O’Rourke, as the Panthers led 6-3.
Maier’s 4-yard TD toss to Wesley Preece late in the first put the home team ahead 10-6.
O’Rourke connected on field goals of 35 and 19 yards in the second to put the Aggies up 16-6 at halftime. Ulonzo Gilliam found paydirt from 2 yards out midway through the third to push the margin to 23-6.
The Panthers stayed in it after that.
Trevor Allen plunged into the end zone from a yard out with 6:00 to go in the third. Errthum added a 45-yard field goal with 14:09 remaining in the game.
Errthum missed a 42-yard FG attempt with 9:26 left as he finished the game 3-for-5.
The Panthers’ season came down to a fourth-and-10 at the UCD 36 on its next possession, and Dunne’s pass to Briley Moore fell incomplete.
Earlier in the game, Dunne was picked off on third-and-10 at the UCD 26, while Maier threw an interception on first-and-10 at the UNI 20.
The quarterbacks threw picks on consecutive plays in the third quarter. Maier’s INT set the Panthers up at the UCD 30-yard-line; however, Dunne threw the ball to the other team a play later.
The Aggies’ Erron Duncan and Vincent White both had an INT.
UNI’s Duncan Ferch, who had an INT, Christian Jegen and Bryce Flater each recorded 11 tackles. Austin Evans added a pick.
Total offense: UCD 78-436 (36-126 rushing/28-42-310 passing), UNI 71-366 (31-93 rushing/22-40-273 passing). Turnovers: UCD 2 (2 INT), UNI 2 (2 INT). Possession time: UCD 27:14, UNI 32:46. A: 8,306.
• No. 7 Maine 55, Jacksonville State 27
ORONO, Maine – Chris Ferguson threw for five touchdowns as the CAA champion and seventh-seeded Black Bears (9-3) scored early and often in the defeat of the Gamecocks (9-4), the Ohio Valley Conference champs.
Ramo Jefferson rushed for 186 yards and a pair of TDs. Ferguson was 14-of-26 for 159 yards. Earnes Edwards found the end zone three times.
JSU’s Zerrick Cooper finished 19-of-44 for 365 yards with two TDs and an INT while also rushing for a score. Jamari Hester caught four passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns, while Trae Barry’s six receptions covered 102 yards.
Ferguson had TD tosses of 4 yards to Jaquan Blair and 41 and 4 yards to Edwards to make it 21-0 late in the first quarter.
Cooper hooked up with Hester for touchdowns of 36 and 70 yards to cut the deficit to 21-14.
Ferguson hit Micah Wright for a 20-yard score, before Edwards found paydirt on a 1-yard run and Jefferson on a 24-yarder to give the Black Bears a 42-17 advantage at the break.
The Gamecocks never threatened after the break.
Maines’ Deshaw Stevens had 10 tackles. Eric Robertson picked off a pass and Ster Sheffield and Jamehl Wiley both recovered a fumble.
Total offense: UM 71-427 (45-268 rushing/14-26-159 passing), JSU 78-477 (32-87 rushing/21-46-390 passing). Turnovers: UM 1 (1 fumble), JSU 3 (2 fumble/1 INT). Possession time: UM 33:39, JSU 26:21. A: 6,145.
• No. 2 Weber State 48, Southeast Missouri State 23
OGDEN, Utah – The Big Sky Conference champion and second-seeded Wildcats (10-2) outscored the Redhawks 27-0 in the second quarter to take control.
Jake Constantine was 18-of-30 for 199 yards with four touchdowns. Treshawn Garrett ran for 134 yards.
Constantine threw all of his TD passes in the second quarter – 10 yards to Rashid Shaheed, 6 yards to Devon Cooley and 16 and 40 yards to Isiah Jackson – to make it 27-6 at halftime.
Demarcus Rogers returned a fumble 33 yards to the end zone to pull SEMO within 34-23 with 12:41 remaining in the game.
Doug Lloyd answered with a 4-yard TD plunge soon thereafter and Jordan Preator’s 52-yard pick-six sealed the deal with 7 1/2 minutes to go.
Preator intercepted a pair of passes, while Keilan Benjamin and Landon Stice both added on INT. LeGrand Toia recorded eight tackles, including a sack.
For the Redhawks (9-4), an at-large out of the Ohio Valley Conference, Zion Curtis ran for 62 yards and a TD. Daniel Santacaterina went 12-of-30 for 110 yards with four INTs and rushed for a score.
Total offense: WSU 72-409 (41-199 rushing/19-31-210 passing), SEMO 66-268 (36-158 rushing/12-30-110 passing). Turnovers: WSU 1 (1 fumble), SEMO 4 (4 INT). Possession time: WSU 33:08, SEMO 26:52. A: 8,838.