CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- South Dakota rallied from a 28-7 third-quarter deficit, forced overtime with five seconds left in regulation, and upset No. 13 Northern Iowa 38-31 Saturday in front of 11,000 fans inside the UNI-Dome. The win ends an 18-game road losing streak for the Coyotes dating back to the program’s win at Minnesota in 2010.
USD quarterback Kevin Earl passed for a career-high 370 yards and accounted for five touchdowns (three pass, two rush). He threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Terry on fourth down at the end of regulation to force overtime, and snuck in from one yard away for the go-ahead score in double overtime.
Earl improved to 3-0 as the Coyotes’ starter. His 370 yards are the most by a USD quarterback in four seasons.
Northern Iowa scored three consecutive touchdowns in the second and third quarters to put the Panthers up 28-7 late in the third.
But South Dakota stormed back as Earl completed a 43-yard touchdown pass to Riley Donovan, then ran eight yards for a score, before leading the 7-play, 58-yard game tying drive, which ended in a 3-yard scoring strike to Terrance Terry as time wound down.
David Johnson led Northern Iowa with 181 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Evan Williams added two rushing touchdowns.
Sioux Falls 47
Concordia-St. Paul 7
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Concordia-St. Paul fell behind early as Sioux Falls cruised to a 47-7 victory on Saturday at Sea Foam Stadium.
The Cougars scored four times (two field goals, two touchdowns) in the second quarter after leading 14-0 in the first for a 34-0 halftime lead. In the first half, Sioux Falls had 22-4 advantage in first downs and 400-84 advantage in total offense. Concordia was 0-for-7 on third downs while Sioux Falls converted at a high rate, 9-for-14, in the first half.
Sioux Falls entered the game with starting quarterback Luke Papilion out with a shoulder injury and back-up Matt Young also listed as questionable. Wide receiver Carrington Hanna, who began his career at QB, got the start. He completed 24-of-36 for a career-best 407 yards and four touchdowns.
Minot State 0
DULUTH, Minn. -- Minot State turned the ball over early -- and often -- Saturday afternoon and Minnesota-Duluth made the Beavers pay for it.
The No. 9 Bulldogs took advantage of three Minot State miscues to go up 17-0 a little more than four minutes after the opening kickoff and went on to crush Minot State 52-0 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matchup at James S. Malosky Stadium.
Tight end Taylor Grant hauled in a pair of touchdown receptions from quarterback Drew Bauers. Running back Logan Lauters, quarterback Eric Kline and running back Steve Ierulli all rushed for one score for the Bulldogs, who moved to 6-1 on the year and remained one game back of front-running Minnesota State, Mankato in the NSIC standings.
Duluth, which gave up 45 points and nearly 700 yards of total offense last week in a win at Minnesota State-Moorhead, did a 180 today defensively, holding the Beavers to minus-35 yards on the ground and just 138 yards overall.