TERRE HAUTE, I.N. (GoJacks.com) — Third-ranked South Dakota State forced four first-half turnovers and erupted for 28 points in the second quarter en route to cruising to a 42-23 victory over Indiana State Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The Jackrabbits, who upped their winning streak to six games, improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Indiana State dropped to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in league play.
The SDSU defense recorded a season-high eight sacks in the contest, with Tolu Ogunrinde leading the way with two sacks. Nine different Jackrabbits were credited with at least a half-sack, including Don Gardner, who led the team with seven total tackles.
The Jackrabbits ended the afternoon with a 452-338 advantage in total offense. J’Bore Gibbs completed 18-of-28 passes for a season-high 274 yards.
Kurtis Wilderman was 19-of-31 passing for 196 yards, while Peterson Kerlegrand gained 107 yards on the ground on 19 carries.
Michael Thomas led all players with 10 tackles for Indiana State.
The Jackrabbits return home to face top-ranked North Dakota State on Oct. 26. Kickoff for the annual Dakota Marker game is set for 2 p.m. at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.