(From the USD sports desk)
THIBODAUX, La.–South Dakota linebacker Phillip Powell forced a fumble at the goal line in the final seconds and the Coyotes recovered in the end zone for the decisive blow in a 38-31 win against Nicholls Saturday in a first round FCS playoff game played at Guidry Stadium.
The Coyotes (8-4), competing in the FCS playoffs for the first time, advance to the round of 16 where they will face another Southland opponent, sixth-seeded Sam Houston State (10-1), at 2 p.m. next Saturday in Huntsville, Texas.
South Dakota quarterback Chris Streveler passed for 378 yards and four touchdowns, including a 10-yard strike to a wide open Brandt Van Roekel in the end zone with 5:57 left that proved to be the winning score. Van Roekel also wrestled away a 47-yard touchdown catch in the second half and finished with four catches and a game-high 82 yards.
Streveler broke Illinois State quarterback Tre Roberson’s Missouri Valley Football Conference record for total offense in a single season. In addition to his passing numbers, he ran for 34 yards and stands with 4,283 yards of offense this season, 33 yards more than Roberson compiled in 15 games back in 2014.
On the other side was a Nicholls team that passed for 232 yards, ran for 232 yards, and outgained the Coyotes 464-452. But Colonel quarterback Chase Fourcade threw three interceptions and Kyran Irvin’s fumble on 1st-and-goal from the 1 with 30 seconds left were the difference. Fourcade completed 21 of 35 passes and ran 15 times for 77 yards. Irvin had a game-high 88 yards on 20 carries.
Streveler passed for four touchdowns for third time this season and recorded his seventh 300-yard game. Allen finished with six catches for 55 yards. Ducker had two catches for 76.