September 18, 2013
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University (0-3, 0-1 North Star Athletic Association conference record) looks to snap their losing streak Saturday evening. The Trojans travel to Presentation (S.D.) (2-0, 0-0 NSAA) in both teams' first-ever meeting and NSAA football conference game in series history. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Swisher Field in Aberdeen, S.D.
THE SERIES: Dakota State and Presentation will play for the first time in series history. Saturday's game marks the first North Star Athletic Association conference game for Presentation, who joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) last summer.
ABOUT PRESENTATION (S.D.): Andy Car is entering his third season as Presentation football head coach. The Saints open their season with four consecutive home games at the Swisher Field. Presentation is one of the five charter members of the newly-formed North Star Athletic Association conference with Dakota State, Jamestown (N.D.), Mayville State (N.D.) and Valley City State (N.D.). PC was a member of the NCAA Division III school before joining the NAIA last April.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State played their first-ever NSAA conference game on the road on Sept. 14 at Valley City State. The Vikings jumped to a 29-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Trojans could not come back as VCSU defeated DSU 63-20. Presentation won their second straight game with a 45-36 victory over Waldorf (Iowa) on Sept. 14, despite the Warriors outgained the Saints 602-303 in total offensive yards (Waldorf committed five turnovers in the game compared to PC one turnover).
DSU AT NIGHT: Saturday's game marks the fourth time this season that Dakota State play a night game. The Trojans played 'under the lights' at Peru State (Neb.), versus Dordt (Iowa) and at Valley City State (N.D.). DSU will play their fifth night game on Oct. 5 against long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan with a 7 p.m. kick-off at Trojan Field.
SPECIAL TEAMS: According to the NAIA-DaKStats statistical website as of Wednesday, Perry King is fourth in the nation in total kick-off return yards with 256 and 44th in kick-off returns yards per attempt (21.3 yards). Brendon Walder ranks 32nd in the nation in punt return yards per attempt (6.5 yards) and 46th in total punt returns with 26. Trevor Cassels is 49th in the nation in punts yards per attempt with an average of 36.9 yards.
TROJAN OFFENSE ATTACK: Zach Ely ranks in four different offensive categories, according to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website. He ranks 35th in the nation in total receiving yards with 171 yards. Ely is 36th in the nation in both total scoring and total scoring (touchdowns) with 18 points. Bobby Tisch and Ely each rank 40th in in the nation in total receptions with 11 catches. Cole Whisenhunt records 180 rushing yards through three games, which is 42nd-best in the nation. He is 45th in the nation in total offense with 400 yards.
DSU TEAM LEADERS: Cole Whisenhunt leads the Trojans' offense with 180 rushing yards (60.0 rushing yards per game) and 73.3 passing yards per game. He records a completion rate of 53.7 percent. Zach Ely and Bobby Tisch each had 11 catches through the first three games (3.7 receptions per game). Ben Kullos leads the defense with 28 tackles and averaging 9.3 tackles per game.
DSU NATIONAL RANKS: Dakota State ranks 11th in the nation in sacks against (1.0). The Trojans are 20th in 3rd down conversion (43.2 percent) and 26th in pass defense per game (161.3 yards). DSU ranks 30th in the nation in total rushing offense with 420 yards. Dakota State is 33rd in opponent 4th-down conversion (37.5 percent) and 41st in 3rd-down conversion (37.8 percent). DSU ranks 42nd in total scoring offense with 54 points.
TWO-GAME HOME STAND: DSU returns back to the Trojan Field for their two-game home stand after Saturday's game. The Trojans host Concordia (Neb.) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in the annual Trojan homecoming football game at 4 p.m. On Oct. 5, Dakota State welcomes another opponent from the GPAC, DSU's long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) in a night game. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m.
FOOTBALL FORECAST: As of Wednesday, the weather forecast in Aberdeen, S.D.. calls for sunny skies with a temperature of 71 degrees for a high. Wind forecast is from the south-southwest at 5 to 15 miles-per-hour. The forecast for the overnight calls for clear skies with a low temperature of 50 degrees.
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: Presentation will be providing a live video streaming online, available on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/saintsid. There will be a live audio broadcast on www.dakotabroadcasting.com and click on 107.7) 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 on next Saturday, Sept. 28. DSU kicks off their two home stand, starting with Concordia (Neb.). The annual Trojan homecoming game time versus the Bulldogs is set for 4 p.m. at the Trojan Field in Madison, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director