SDSU runs win streak to 24; claims share of Missouri Valley Conference title with shutout win at Youngstown State

November 13, 2023

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Mark Gronowski threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns, with 166 yards and two touchdowns going to Jadon Janke, and South Dakota State beat Youngstown State 34-0 on Saturday to clinch at least a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title for the second year in a row.

Top-ranked South Dakota State (10-0, 7-0), which entered with a one-game lead over both Northern Iowa and South Dakota, has won 24 games in a row dating to last season. The Jackrabbits have won 13 of the 15 meetings with Youngstown State as members of the MVFC.

Isaiah Davis added 130 yards rushing and a touchdown for South Dakota State.

The Jackrabbits ended the first half with a six-point swing. Youngstown State’s 29-yard field-goal attempt was blocked and Isaiah Stalbird returned it 17 yards to near midfield. Gronowski connected with Janke for a 20-yard completion and Hunter Dustman made a 43-yard field goal as time expired for a 20-0 lead at the break.

Youngstown State was outgained 232-88 in the first half.

South Dakota State scored on the first offensive play of the third quarter when Gronowski found Janke wide open along the left sideline for a 56-yard touchdown.

Mitch Davidson was 17-of-29 passing for 149 yards with one interception for Youngstown State (6-4, 4-3).