SPEARFISH, S.D. – Black Hills State football hung with No. 1 Colorado School of Mines most of the game Saturday afternoon, falling 42-17.
The Yellow Jackets (4-4, 3-3 RMAC) held a 17-14 lead over the Orediggers at halftime, which is just the second time this season CSM has trailed at the half, going back to week two when they trailed then-No. 4 Angelo State 14-3 at the break.
BHSU’s defense held the Orediggers to an RMAC-low 433 yards of offense, a team who entered the game averaging nearly 500 yards per game.
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Mines football team, coming off two straight losses, was looking for a bounce back in the home confines of O’Harra Stadium, taking on the Fort Lewis Skyhawks on Saturday afternoon.
A bounce back they got as the Hardrockers dominated in each phase of the game, led by the performance of Ben Noland offensively, South Dakota Mines took an early lead and kept growing it, even allowing some backups to see some field time in the 48-10 victory.
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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Isaiah Davis ran for a touchdown, Mark Gronowski threw for another, and South Dakota State extended its winning streak to 21 games with a 17-10 victory over Southern Illinois.
The Jackrabbits, ranked No. 1 in the FCS coaches poll, ground out the win thanks in large part to a defense that did not allow a point until the fourth quarter. Gronowski completed 15 of 21 passes for 161 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Charles Pierre Jr. rushed for 107 yards on just four carries, Travis Theis added 106 yards rushing and South Dakota beat winless Indiana State 17-3 on Saturday.
Pierre raced up the middle for an 81-yard touchdown run — South Dakota’s longest play of the season — with 12:04 remaining.
Theis sealed it by breaking several tackles on a 24-yard run with 59 seconds left. Both of South Dakota’s touchdown drives in the second half were from 90-plus yards.
Nate Thomas’ 5-yard run capped a 98-yard drive. Aidan Bouman was 11 of 17 for 180 yards passing for South Dakota (6-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley Conference).