The top two offenses in the Missouri Valley Football Conference were on full display Saturday afternoon as South Dakota State and Southern Illinois combined for nearly 1,200 yards of total offense. When the dust settled, the sixth-ranked Jackrabbits came away with a 57-38 victory at Saluki Stadium to bolster their chances for a seventh-consecutive berth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
With its third win in a row, SDSU improved to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in conference play. SIU dropped to 2-8 overall and 1-6 in the MVFC.
The Jackrabbits never trailed, although the game was tied on two occasions.
SDSU quarterback Taryn Christion became the MVFC’s career passing yardage leader on a 64-yard throw to tight end Blake Kunz late in the first quarter and topped the 12,000-yard mark for career total offense on his first touchdown pass of the game.
A redshirt freshman from Little Rock, Arkansas, Pierre Strong ended the afternoon with a career-high 188 yards on 14 carries as he topped the century mark for the second week in a row. Mikey Daniel tallied 97 yards on 20 carries, adding his second 1-yard touchdown run of the game late in the third quarter.
SDSU finished with a 656-541 advantage in total offense as Christion completed 13-of-23 passes for 341 yards. Cade Johnson grabbed seven receptions for a career-high 198 yards.
Jacks Head Coach John Stiegelmeier was happy with the win
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The Jackrabbits close out the regular season next Saturday (Nov. 17) by hosting South Dakota in the annual South Dakota Showdown Series game. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.