South Dakota ready to upset Bison

VERMILLION, S.D. (GoYotes.com) — South Dakota football (4-6, 3-3 MVFC) takes on top-ranked North Dakota State (10-0, 6-0 MVFC) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday inside the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota.

South Dakota is coming off one of its best performances of the year.  A season-best 327 yards on the ground, the team’s third 300-yard performance of the season. RB Kai Henry became the first USD back since 2007 to rush for 100 yards in three consecutive games.  QB Austin Simmons threw four TDs for the third time this season and fourth time in his career. The Coyotes totaled five sacks and have 25 sacks on the season … USD played turnover free for the first time last weekend. Caleb Vander Esch (44 rec, 638 yds, 6 TDs) is the Valley’s third-leading receiver.

New head coach, new quarterback, same results, the two-time defending national
champions have won 31 consecutive games dating back to the middle of the 2017 campaign. That’s the second-longest streak in FCS history and two shy of the record.  The Bison are amongst the nation’s leaders in most offensive and defensive categories. QB Trey Lance has thrown 182 career passes without an interception, a program record. Lance is also the team’s second-leading rusher behind Ty Brooks. A plethora of backs and outstanding line help the Bison average 294 yards on the ground per game.  Just two opponents have reached 170 yards passing.

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