USD football primer: Top-ranked Bison on tap for Coyotes - Mitchell Republic

USD football primer: Top-ranked Bison on tap for Coyotes – Mitchell Republic

VERMILLION — South Dakota is fresh off its first win of the campaign and welcomes the No. 1 team in the country to the DakotaDome on Saturday, Sept. 24. Here’s what you need to know ahead of the game.

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Dakota Dome, Vermillion.

Records: USD 1-2, NDSU 2-1.

Coaches: USD’s Bob Nielson, 30th season overall (seventh at USD), 216-116-1 overall (30-36 at USD); NDSU’s Matt Entz, fourth season, 39-5.

All-time series: NDSU leads 57-26-2.

Last meeting: NDSU won 52-24 on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 in Fargo.

Notes: The game can be viewed on ESPN+ or Midco Sports. … NDSU has won the last five matchups, including the last three games in Vermillion. NDSU has also won 24 of the last 26 meetings. … The contest marks the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both teams.

About the Coyotes: USD is coming off its first win of the season against Cal Poly. … The game against NDSU marks the second opponent in the top-three of the FCS Stats Perform Top 25 that USD has played this season, with current No. 2 team South Dakota State next for the Coyotes as well. … USD is being outscored 79-45 by its opponents this season and has given up 1313 total yards compared to the 1039 it gained.

About the Bison: NDSU suffered its first loss of the season last time out against Arizona. … Despite the loss, the Bison are the No. 1 team in the country in the Stats Perform poll. … NDSU has outscored its opponents 127-48 through the first three games of the season. … The Bison rush for an average of 235.3 yards per game and have found the endzone nine times on the ground.

USD key players: Quarterback Carson Camp threw for a career-best 355 yards last week against Cal Poly and added a 75-yard touchdown. He moved into eighth-place all-time on the USD passing yards list. … Cornerback Myles Harden has been responsible for all four USD turnovers this season, intercepting two passes and forcing two fumbles. … Left tackle Alex Jensen is the reigning MVFC offensive lineman of the week.

NDSU key players: Fullback Hunter Luepke rushed 18 times for 115 yards and two scores against Arizona. He also caught a touchdown for the Bison in the game. … Cam Miller has thrown for 331 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions through the first three games of the season, completing nearly 70% of his passes. However, he averages 11 pass attempts per game. … James Kaczor leads the Bison in total tackles with 18. He also has 1.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and an interception to his name this season.

Next week: USD has a bye next week before going to Brookings on Saturday, Oct. 8 to take on South Dakota State. NDSU goes back home on Saturday, Oct. 1 to host Youngstown State.

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