October 10, 2013
THIS WEEK: Dakota State (1-5, 1-1 North Star Athletic Association conference record) returns back to North Star Athletic Association football conference action Saturday. The Trojans travel to the Rollie Greeno Field to take on Jamestown (N.D.) (1-6, 1-0 NSAA). Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. in Jamestown, N.D.
THE SERIES: Dakota State won the last meeting in double overtime thriller over Jamestown at the Trojan Field on Oct. 27, 2012. The Trojans rallied back to tie the game with seven seconds left in regulation and extended the game into overtime at 28-28. Both teams were unable to score in the first overtime. Dakota State scored first in the second overtime to hold a 35-28 lead. The Jimmies answered back and scored a touchdown, but DSU's defense prevented UJ's 2-point attempt to secure a wild 35-34 victory. DSU's victory snapped their five-game losing streak versus Jamestown in the series. The series began in 1982. The Jimmies currently holds a 18-5 record versus the Trojans. DSU's last victory at Jamestown was on Oct. 29, 2005 by the score of 21-17.
ABOUT JAMESTOWN (N.D.): Shawn Frank is in his second season as Jamestown football head coach, his tenth season overall with the football program. The Jimmies played the first NAIA Football game of the season on Aug. 23 in Miles City, Mont, but were defeated by Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 34-20. The Jimmies snapped their five-game losing streak with a 21-19 road conference victory at Mayville State (N.D.) on Sept. 28. Jamestown is 1-6 overall record and 1-0 in NSAA conference play. The Jimmies are winless in two home games, 1-3 on the road and 0-1 on neutral site.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State battled with their long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan in a non-conference night game on Oct. 5 at the Trojan Field. Both teams were knotted 7-7 at halftime, but the Tigers used a strong third-quarter to hold off the Trojans 23-14. DWU outrushed the Trojans 298-149 in the game. Jamestown traveled to Dickinson, N.D. to play NSAA's future member, Dickinson State. The Blue Hawks scored the first 27 points of the game through three quarters and defeated the Jimmies 27-7. Dickinson State outgained the Jimmies 300-269 in total offensive yards.
SPECIAL TEAMS RANKS: Dakota State have two players ranked in the Top 50 on the DakStats-NAIA statistical website. Perry King ranks fourth in the nation in total kick-off return yards with 463 yards. He recorded the second most kick-off returns yards in a single game at Peru State (Neb.) with 154 yards on Aug. 31. King is 45th in the nation in kick-off return yards per attempt (23.2 yards). Brendon Waldner ranks 30th in the nation in punt return yards per attempt (8.7) and 40th in total punt returns yards with 61.
GO LONG: Zach Ely records 17 catches for 383 receiving yards, averaging 22.5 yards per catch. He is 32nd in the nation in total receiving yards and 35th in total scoring (touchdowns) with 36 points (6 touchdowns). Ely ranks 36th in total scoring with 36 points. Ely was named to the NSAA Offensive Player-of-the-Week on Sept. 22 after he caught five passes for a career-high 179 yards (35.8 yards per catch) with three touchdowns.
DSU TEAM LEADERS: Cole Whisenhunt leads in two different offensive categories for the Trojans. He averages 46.8 rushing yards and 96.7 passing yards per game. Whisenhunt records a pass completion rate of 53 percent. Bobby Tisch leads with 19 receptions and averages 3.2 catches per game. Zach Ely leads the team with 383 receiving yards and caught six touchdown passes this season. Ben Kullos accumulates 52 tackles this season (8.7 tackles per game). Chad John records a quarterback sack for the Trojans. Preston Powell leads the team with two interceptions.
STEP UP DEFENSE: The Trojans are ranked in the top 10 in pass defense per game. DSU ranks eighth in the nation in pass defense per game with an average of 154.3 yards. Dakota State is 29th in the nation in total defense per game, allowing DSU's opponents to 358.8 yards per game. The Trojans held the opponents' third-downs conversion rate of 35.1 percent—33rd best in the nation—and 42.9 percent in fourth-down conversions (39th in the nation). Preston Powell is 27th in the nation in total interceptions with two.
DSU OFFENSIVE RANKS: According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website, Dakota State ranks 37th in the nation in pass efficiency of 119.3. The Trojans are ranked 41st in the nation in total rushing offense with 853 yards. Cole Whisenhunt is 46th in the nation in total offense yards with 861 yards.
RUSHING FOR A CURE: Dakota State will have their annual 'Rushing for a Cure' on Saturday, Oct. 19 versus Briar Cliff (Iowa). 'Rushing for a Cure' is an event to help raise cancer awareness. Kick-off from the Trojan Field is set for 1 p.m. in Madison, S.D.
FOOTBALL FORECAST: As of Thursday from weather.com, the weather forecast in Jamestown, N.D. calls for mostly cloudy skies with a high temperature of 52 degrees. The forecast also calls for a windy day with the winds coming from the west-northwest direction at 20-25 miles-per-hour, decreasing during the evening hours.
DSU FOOTBALL HISTORY LESSON: Dakota State is in its 94th year of competition. The Trojans own an all-time record of 270-461-17. DSU opened their first year of competition in 1908 with an overall record of 4-1-1. Dakota State is in their first year membership with the newly-formed NAIA's conference—the North Star Athletic Association conference.
WATCH & LISTEN: Jamestown will be providing the live paid video broadcast of the DSU-UJ football game on Saturday. Go to http://www.americaonesports.com/partner_members.asp?id=68. for more information. The live audio will be available on http://www.newsdakota.com/#. The link will be available on www.dsuathletics.com on the 'Live Games' tab above the upcoming events.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State football and athletics all season long on www.dsuathletics.com. The Trojans are also on Twitter, just log onto www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics. The Dakota State University Athletics group page can be found on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/DSUTrojanAthletics.
UP NEXT: Dakota State returns home for a non-conference game on next Saturday, Oct. 19. The Trojans host Briar Cliff (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Seniors will be recognized prior to the game. The annual 'Rushing for a Cure' game is slated to start at 1 p.m. at the Trojan Field in Madison, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director