(From the SDSU sports desk)
BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State forced five North Dakota State turnovers, turning the miscues into 17 points, as the Jackrabbits knocked off the second-ranked Bison, 33-21, Saturday afternoon at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. With the victory, the Jackrabbits improved to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference en route to retaining the Dakota Marker before a record crowd of 18,130. NDSU suffered its first loss of the season, falling to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in league play.
SDSU entered the matchup ranked eighth in the Football Championship Subdivision coaches’ poll and 10th in the STATS FCS media poll. SDSU held a 473-337 advantage in total offense, including a 144-108 advantage in rushing yardage against a Bison team that came in averaging nearly 278 yards on the ground per game.
Christion completed 23-of-33 passes for 329 yards, with Goedert leading the receiving corps with seven catches for 116 yards. Jacob Brown added career highs of five receptions for 59 yards. Stick ended the game 16-of-28 passes for 229 yards, a pair of touchdowns and three interceptions.
Darrius Shepherd hauled in seven receptions for 95 yards, while Brooks led the NDSU ground game with 49 yards on six carries. Christian Rozeboom led the Jackrabbits with six tackles, while Anthony Washington made five stops and broke up two passes. Tre Dempsey led all players with eight tackles for NDSU.
The Jackrabbits close out the home portion of their regular season schedule Nov. 11 by hosting Illinois State. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.