Coyotes prepare for Leathernecks

VERMILLION, S.D. (GoYotes.com) — South Dakota football (3-5, 2-2 MVFC) takes on Western Illinois (0-8, 0-4 MVFC) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hanson Field in Macomb, Illinois.

Turnovers and allowing big plays stopped South Dakota’s three-game win streak. USD has committed 11 turnovers in its last two games while allowing 15 plays of 20 yards or more.  Kai Henry is coming off a career-high 116 yards rushing and Caleb Vander Esch has led the team in receiving for six consecutive games.  QB Austin Simmons (271 ypg, 18 TDs) has been the Valley’s top passer all year

Western Illinois has lost six of its eight games by double digits.  The team was outgained 524-260 in last week’s 59-14 loss at Youngstown State .  Injuries have led to a stable
of running backs. True freshman Jordan Schippers led WIU with 85 yards last week, but has been credited with four games played.  Junior QB Connor Sampson has averaged 163 yards per game.  WR Dennis Houston, who has a pair of 100-yard efforts this year, returned from injury last week and caught three passes for 60 yards.  The defense has produced 12 sacks and 10 turnovers.

The game will be available The Talk of Watertown, 1480 KSDR with Joe Van Goor (play-by-play), Gary Culver (analyst) and John Thayer (sidelines).