(From the USD sports desk)
Seventh-ranked South Dakota ran two interceptions back for touchdowns and forced five turnovers in all in shutting out Southern Illinois 42-0 Saturday inside the DakotaDome. The win gives the Coyotes (7-1, 4-1 MVFC) their most victories at the Division I level and inside Valley play.
South Dakota, responding from a loss for the first time all season, improved to 4-0 at home and remain one game back of North Dakota State in the conference standings. The game was billed as a battle between the Valley’s top two quarterbacks, but that narrative was quickly erased when both starters were injured in the first half and did not return.
South Dakota quarterback Chris Streveler was injured near the goal line on the first series of the game. Southern Illinois’ Sam Straub was removed early in the second quarter.
November greets South Dakota with three consecutive ranked teams. First up is next weekend’s road trip to Cedar Falls to face No. 25 Northern Iowa (4-4, 3-2), which lost 30-14 at No. 2 North Dakota State Saturday. Kickoff from UNI-Dome is set for 1 p.m.