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Nelson, Johnson lead South Dakota St past Drake 38-10; USD falls to Sam Houston St

The Associated Press - September 14, 2019

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Kanin Nelson threw two touchdown passes to Cade Johnson on Saturday and South Dakota State rolled to a 38-10 win over Drake.

Pierre Strong and CJ Wilson both ran for more than 100 yards for the Jackrabbits (2-1), who won their 13th straight at home. Strong had 129 yards on 11 carries, including a 49-yard touchdown run. Wilson had 117 on 10 with a long of 52. Johnson had a 76-yard run on a reverse as South Dakota State had 369 yards on the ground.

Johnson had five catches for 80 yards with scoring plays covering 5 and 36 yards in the third quarter to put SDSU up 31-3. He moved into the top 10 on the school career list for receiving yards with 1,889 yards. The touchdowns put him fifth on the career list with 22.

Nelson was 12 of 18 for 158 yards.

Drake (0-3) was held to 289 yards; 57 on the ground.

Senior kicker Chase Vinatieri scored eight points, moving within nine of Drake's career record. The nephew of one-time school record holder and NFL career kicking leader Adam Vinatieri has 313 points, eight behind Park Douglass, who broke Adam Vinatieri's record of 195.


VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Dreshawn Minnieweather bulled his way into the end zone from the 1 and Ben Ratzlaff passed to Coleman Robinson for a two-point conversion in the final minutes to give Houston Baptist a 53-52 win over South Dakota as the Huskies snapped a 19-game losing streak against FCS teams on Saturday afternoon.

Minnieweather scored with 1:14 remaining in the game, leaving South Dakota's Austin Simmons plenty of time, but Tra Fluellen intercepted to end the threat and seal the win for HBU, which has won two straight for the first time since 2016.

Bailey Zappe threw a career-best five touchdowns and 513 yards for Houston Baptist (2-1). Ratzlaff, who threw the winning toss to Robinson, finished with 155 yards receiving.

Simmons threw for a career-best and school record 537 yards on 48-of-65 passing with four touchdowns as the teams racked up a combined 1,238 yards and 105 points.

HBU was driving with the game tied at 45-45 when Elijah Reed picked off Zappe. Five plays later Kai Henry broke for a 23-yard TD run to put the Coyotes ahead 52-45 with 3:03 remaining in the game.

Zappe then engineered a nine-play, 70-yard drive for the win.

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