October 12, 2013
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) broke a 21-21 tie in the third quarter Saturday afternoon as the Trojans held on to a 31-28 North Star Athletic Association football conference victory at the Rollie Greeno Field. The Trojans moved in a tie for first-place in the NSAA conference after the nationally-ranked Valley City State (N.D.) suffered a road loss at Mayville State (N.D.).
Dakota State improved their overall record to 2-5 and 2-1 NSAA conference record. The Trojans won their second straight NSAA conference game. Jamestown dropped their overall record to 1-7 and 1-1 NSAA (defeated at Mayville State 21-19 on Oct. 5).
DSU scored its first points of the game in the first quarter. The Trojans used 10 plays for 68 yards in four minutes and 48 seconds in the scoring drive. Kris Dearie rushed for a 10-yard touchdown run to give DSU a 6-0 lead. Tanner Hubbard added a PAT kick to make it 7-0 in favor of the Trojans with less than six minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Jamestown answered back later in the first quarter to trim DSU's lead. Beau Eriksson rushed for a 54-yard touchdown run. The PAT kick by Ryan Benke was no good as the Trojans held a 7-6 lead with 2:47 remaining in the first quarter.
Dakota State scored early in the second quarter as Dylan VandeGarde rushed for a 4-yard touchdown run. Hubbard 's PAT kick was good as the Trojans expand their lead to 14-6 with 14:44 remaining before halftime. The Trojans used nine plays for 67 yards in 3:03 in the scoring drive.
DSU quickly scored after Eriksson fumbled the ball on UJ's 27-yardline. Ronnie Jorgenson forced a fumble as Josh Licht recovered the ball and returned for a touchdown with 10:31 left in the second quarter. Hubbard kicked a successful PAT kick as DSU expanded their lead to 21-6.
The Jimmies scored on the ensuing drive. UJ used 4:46 with 9 plays for 65 yards in the scoring drive. D'Marco Smith rushed for a 2-yard touchdown run and Benke added a PAT kick to cut DSU's lead to 21-13 with 5:45 left before halftime.
Dakota State held a 21-13 halftime advantage.
Jamestown rallied back to tie the game in the third quarter. Eriksson threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Derek Dohmann with 4:10 left on the clock in the third quarter (21-19 DSU). The Jimmies successfully converted their 2-point PAT attempt as Eriksson threw a pass to Trent Roemmich to knot the game at 21-21.
The Trojans regained their lead on the next drive after UJ's touchdown. The key play in the scoring drive was a 52-yard pass from Cole Whisenhunt to Zach Ely. Hubbard kicked a 38-yard field goal to give DSU a 24-21 lead with 2:34 left in the third quarter.
DSU's lead grew to ten points in the early fourth quarter. VandeGarde ran for a 26-yard touchdown run with 11:03 remaining in the game. Hubbard's PAT kick was good as the Trojans extend their lead to 31-21.
After the Trojans committed a fumble with less than 10 minutes left, Jamestown quickly scored to trim DSU's lead by three points. Smith scored a 2-yard touchdown run and Benke added a PAT kick to make it 31-28 in favor of the Trojans with 8:17 remaining.
When DSU was forced to punt with a minute left in the game, the Jimmies fumbled the ball forced by Perry King and recover by Ely as the Trojans spoiled UJ's homecoming football game.
Whisenhunt completed 20 passes in 28 attempts for 180 yards for the Trojans. VandeGarde rushed five times for 43 yards with two touchdowns.
Ely had six catches for 92 yards for Dakota State. Bobby Tisch added nine receptions for 65 yards.
Tyler Poggemeyer had two quarterback sacks and 10 tackles for the Trojans. King had 11 tackles. Licht had six tackles and a fumble recovery for a return of 27 yards and a touchdown.
Eriksson was 15-for-33 with 158 yards and a touchdown for the Jimmies. He had 14 rushes for 46 yards with a rushing touchdown. Jacob Erbes had five catches for 97 yards.
Chris Engelstad had 14 tackles and three quarterback sacks for UJ. Chris Sharp and Bradley Sharp each added 13 tackles.
DSU outgained the Jimmies 260-245 in total offensive yards. The Trojans recorded 180 passing yards compared to UJ 158 passing yards. Jamestown had 87 rushing yards compared to the Trojans' 80 rushing yards.
Both teams had 13 first-downs in the game.
Jamestown recorded eight quarterback sacks compared to the Trojans' five quarterback sacks.
Dakota State returns home next Saturday (Oct. 19) for a non-conference game. The Trojans welcome Briar Cliff (Iowa) in the annual 'Rushing for a Cure' game. The DSU football team will be recognizing the seniors prior to the game. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. at the Trojan Field in Madison, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director