USD Remains Undefeated

(From the USD sports desk)

South Dakota racked up more than 700 yards of total offense and kept Indiana State out of the end zone in a 56-6 victory inside the DakotaDome Saturday.

The fourth-ranked Coyotes, one of seven unbeaten FCS teams heading into the weekend, moved to 6-0 for the first time since 2005 and to 3-0 inside the Valley. Indiana State (0-6, 0-3 MVFC) remains winless under first-year head coach Curt Mallory.

South Dakota quarterback Chris Streveler had game highs of 337 yards passing and 82 yards rushing in three quarters of work. He threw two touchdown passes each to wide outs Kody Case and Brandt Van Roekel, and also scored on a 46-yard touchdown run just before halftime that gave the Coyotes a 28-6 lead. Streveler has accounted for 25 touchdowns against no turnovers in six games this season.

Indiana State started junior quarterback Isaac Harker for the first time since week one, and he led the Sycamores to a pair of field goals on Indiana State’s first two possessions. But after the six points, Indiana State was held to 94 yards on 37 plays the rest of the way. The Sycamores ran 22 plays in the second half and earned two first downs.

Streveler and Simmons combined to pass for 410 yards while the ground game netted 295 (705 in all). In addition to Streveler, Michael Fredrick ran nine times for 82 yards, which included an impressive 53-yard touchdown run up the middle late in the third quarter. Klett gained 54 yards on eight totes. Kai Henry ran six times for 48 yards. Ethan Falaniko came on late and ran six times for 26 yards.

The six wins by South Dakota equals the most by the program at the Division I level. The Coyotes will go for seven straight next weekend against Illinois State in Normal, Illinois. The 15th-ranked Redbirds (4-2, 2-1) have followed a 4-0 start to their season with back-to-back losses, including a 42-7 setback at Southern Illinois Saturday.