(From the USD sports desk)
Illinois State running back James Robinson ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns, including an 87-yard touchdown run late, to hand fourth-ranked South Dakota its first setback of the season, 37-21, Saturday at Hancock Stadium.
Robinson and wide out Spencer Schnell led an Illinois State attack that compiled 567 yards against the Coyotes’ 29th-ranked defense. Schnell caught two touchdowns early that staked Illinois State to a 14-0 lead. His first was a slant pass that he took 64 yards to pay dirt just 90 seconds into the game. Schnell finished with seven catches for 191 yards.
Coyote quarterback Chris Streveler set program records for completions (39) and attempts (63) in throwing for a career-high 440 yards, most by a USD player since 2005. He threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Brett Samson and a 2-yard score to Aaron Ramsey in the second quarter that tied the game at 14-14. Ramsey led 11 different Coyote receivers with nine catches for 79 yards.
The Coyotes’ top-ranked offense posted 554 yards against a stingy defense, but those two empty possessions in the red zone were the difference. South Dakota was held under 31 points for the first time this season.
For Illinois State (5-2, 3-1 MVFC) it was a much-needed win on homecoming that followed two tough losses on the road. South Dakota was gunning for its first 7-0 start since 2005. The Coyotes will try to rebound at home next week against Southern Illinois (4-3, 2-2), a 45-24 winner at Indiana State Saturday.