Known as the largest one-day celebration of the Dakotas, South Dakota State will celebrate Hobo Day Saturday.
The first Hobo Day game took place on Nov. 5, 1912, a 6-3 win over Yankton College. In 1918 and 1943, the SDSU game was canceled for World War 1 and WWII, respectively. That will make this year the 98th Hobo Day game.
The celebration features the annual 9:30 a.m. Hobo Day parade in Brookings. In the 2:05 p.m. football game at Coughlin Alumni Stadium, the Jacks (3-6) will face the Southern Illinois Salukis (2-6). The game can be seen on Midco Sports Net.
A complete list of results of Hobo Day games is in Scoreboard on Page 3B.
The Jacks are 57-35-5 in Hobo Day games. Here are some Hobo Day highlights:
· The most common opponent has been University of South Dakota (Jacks are 17-11-3 against the Coyotes on homecoming) and University of North Dakota (SDSU is 11-12-2 against UND)
· Along with the five ties, 35 games have been decided by seven points or less.
· The Jacks have shut out opponents 13 times.
· The Jacks have been shut out eight times.
· The Jackrabbits lost a 46-44 triple-overtime game in a 2008 game against McNeese State, which drew a crowd of 15,521 (fifth-most in Coughlin-Alumni Stadium history).
· Of the 10 biggest crowds in Coughlin-Alumni Stadium history, eight of them have been on Hobo Day.
· SDSU has scored 50 or more points three times, and has given up that many once.
· In 1953 in John Gagliardi's first season as football coach at St. John's University, his Johnnies spoiled SDSU's homecoming with a 26-13 win. Gagliardi is still at St. John's, with 482 career wins. · SDSU has won 12 of its last 15 Hobo Day games.
· SDSU is 29-20 in Hobo Day games played at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.
· Each of the last four Hobo Day games has featured a crowd of more than 15,000.
· Under Selby native and SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier, the Jacks are 10-4 in Hobo Day games.
Layton Holmstrom and his Aberdeen family have a connection to the NHL.
His nephew's son, Ben Holmstrom, was recently called up by the Philadelphia Flyers from the American Hockey League's Adirondack Phantoms in Glens Falls, N.Y. Ben Holmstrom, 24, played two games for the Flyers last season. Born in Colorado, Holmstrom played three seasons for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League.
Before the start of this AHL season, Holmstrom was made the youngest captain in Phantoms history. He was the team MVP last season. Holmstrom was a three-year captain of his college team (UMass-Lowell) and also captained his junior team, the Stampede.