BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Mark Gronowski threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jadon Janke,
Hunter Dustman kicked four field goals and FCS top-ranked South Dakota State beat North Dakota State 33-16 for the Jackrabbits’ 23rd consecutive win.
South Dakota State ran its home win streak to 17 and has beaten the Bison five straight times, including last year’s FCS title game.
The Bison held a 9-7 lead in the second quarter before the Jackrabbits rallied on the first two Dustman field goals and Gronowski’s 46-yard touchdown pass to Janke in the final seven-plus minutes of the first half for a 20-9 lead.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Aidan Bouman and Travis Theis scored on 1-yard touchdown runs and Brendan Webb capped a big defensive day with a pass deflection for an interception in the final seconds of South Dakota’s 14-7 win over Southern Illinois.
After Aidan Quinn threw a 6-yard TD pass to Nic Baker to cut South Dakota’s lead to 14-7 with three minutes left, the Salukis got the ball back a minute later on their 47-yard line.
D’Ante Cox made a juggling catch while falling to the turf for a 27-yard completion and a first-and-goal from the 5 with under a minute left. It was fourth-and-2 when Webb deflected Baker’s pass and Blake Holden grabbed it to secure the win. Webb also had four sacks.