September 25, 2013
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University (1-3 overall record) returns home Saturday afternoon after playing two consecutive games on the road. The Trojans welcome the nationally-ranked Concordia (Neb.) (3-0) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in the annual Trojan homecoming football game. Kick-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Trojan Field. There will be a tailgate at 1 p.m. on the east side of the Trojan Field's parking lot area, featuring live music from the Andy Gibson band and barbecue from the Lady T's Basketball team.
THE SERIES: Concordia won the last two meetings with Dakota State, which the series began in 2011 at the Bulldog Stadium. In the previous two meetings between both teams, the game was knotted at halftime (14-14 in Seward, Neb. on Oct. 1, 2011 and 7-7 on Sept. 29, 2012 in Madison), Concordia came out strong in the second-half to win both meetings with the Trojans. The Bulldogs won the previous meeting at the Trojan Field by the score of 28-7.
ABOUT CONCORDIA (NEB.): Vance Winter enters his fifth year as head football coach at Concordia (Neb.). He was named the head coach in December of 2008 and owns a career record of 16-27 overall and 13-25 in the (GPAC). The Bulldogs made appearance in the latest NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 national poll last Monday at No. 20. It was CUNE's first national ranking since 2002. The Bulldogs are 3-0 overall record and 2-0 GPAC conference record. The Bulldogs kicked off their three-game road trip with a 35-14 victory at Midland (Neb.) on Sept. 21.
1973 DSC FOOTBALL TEAM TO BE HONORED: (team photo below on the bottom of the page) Members of the 1973 DSC Football team's first-ever South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference (SDIC) Regular-season champions will be recognized during halftime on Saturday. The 1973 season was a year to remember for the Dakota State College football team and their fans. The Trojans, under the guidance of DSU's Hall of Famer Dr. Joel Swisher, finished their 1973 season with a 6-3 overall record, downing all five SDIC opponents to claim DSU's first-ever football conference regular-season title in program history. Dakota State led in four different categories in five SDIC conference games. The Trojans led in rushing yards per game (229.4 yards), passing yards per game (182.2 yards), total offense yards per game (411.6) and defense rushing per game (86.2 yards). Darwin Robinson (drafted in the eighth round of the National Football League, NFL, by the Washington Redskins) led the SDIC conference in rushing (726 yards-5.8 yards per carry), scored 36 points (6 touchdowns) and averaged 14.6 punt return yards in five attempts. Dakota State had six players named to the SDIC All-Conference team—Robinson, Wayne Stowell, Toney Blanks, Craig Ebert, Mick Twiss and Deny Lather. Two Trojans received honorable mention All-Conference-Bob Casagrande and Terry Kasperbauer. Swisher was named the NAIA District 12 Coach of the Year. Dakota State was ranked No. 17 in the final NAIA Division II Football national poll. Click here for more information on the 1973 DSC Football team in the 2013 DSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
TROJANS EARN FIRST-EVER NSAA VICTORY: Dakota State earned their first-ever conference victory in the inaugural season with the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA). Trailing 28-21 at halftime on Sept. 21 at Presentation (S.D.), the Trojans rallied back by scoring 14 unanswered points to gain a 35-28 road victory at the Swisher Field in Aberdeen.
TWO DSU NAMED TO NSAA FOOTBALL POW HONORS: Two Dakota State football athletes were selected to the North Star Athletic Association Player-of-the-Week honors, announced on Sept. 23. Wide receiver Zach Ely (junior—Colton, S.D.) was named to NSAA Football Offensive Player of the Week. He had an impressive night in DSU's first-ever NSAA conference victory at Presentation on Sept. 21. Ely caught five passes for 179 yards with three touchdowns in the game, including a 66-yard touchdown reception on the very first play of the game and a game-winning 14-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. Ben Kullos was selected as NSAA Football Defensive Player of the Week. He tallied eight tackles, including two tackles-for-loss of six yards. Kullos leads the team in total tackles with 36.
TROJANS IN THE RANKS: According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Wednesday, Dakota State ranks 10th in the nation in sacks against (1.0). The Trojans are 17th in the nation in opponents' 4th-down conversion rate of 30 percent, 19th in total sacks against (4.0), 26th in 3rd-down conversion (41 percent), 27th in pass efficiency (133.0) and 29th in pass defense per game (181.8 yards). Perry King ranks 4th in the nation in total kick-off returns yards with 345. Preston Powell is 10th in the nation in total interceptions. Brendon Waldner is 31st in the nation in punt return yards per attempts (7.7 yards) and 34th in total punt returns with 46. Trevor Cassels ranks 45th in the nation in punt yards per attempt (37.6 yards).
DSU TEAM LEADERS: Cole Whisenhunt leads the Trojans' offense with 209 rushing yards (52.3 rushing yards per game) and 113.5 passing yards per game. He records a completion rate of 53.9 percent. Zach Ely records 16 catches this season (4.0 receptions per game) and ranks ninth in the nation in total receiving yards with 350 yards. He is 10th in the nation in total scoring with 36 points and 20th in receiving yards per game (87.5 yards). Ben Kullos leads the defense with 36 tackles and averaging 9.0 tackles per game. Tyler Poggemeyer records a quarterback sack ranks 28th in the nation in fumbles forced per game (0.3) for the Trojans.
FOOTBALL FORECAST: As of Wednesday, the weather forecast in Madison, S.D.. calls for cloudy skies with few showers., becoming mostly clear by the evening hours. Forecast high temperature for Saturday is 62 degrees. Wind forecast is from the west-southwest at 5 to 15 miles-per-hour. The forecast low temperature is 46 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: Dakota State will be providing a live video streaming and audio broadcast online, available on http://streaming.dsu.edu/Athletics-Live. Jon Hunter, the Voice of the Trojans, will do the live audio broadcast for DSU Athletics home events this season. 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 remains home next Saturday, Oct. 5. The Trojans host their long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan in a non-conference game at the Trojan Field. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. in Madison, S.D.
1973 DSC FOOTBALL TEAM PHOTO - First-ever South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference (SDIC) Regular-Season Champions - 6-3 overall record, 5-0 SDIC record
Front Row (Left to Right): Student Coach Mike Reed, Douglas Allen, Robert Schultz, Randall Stowell, Jan Antonson, Jody Boline, John Nyhaug, Jerry wagley, Sal Beraldi, Wayne Stowell, Mick Twiss, Student Coach Steve Mirabello.
Second Row (Left to Right): Coach Gary Buer, Mike Thackery, Phil Dobbertin, Thomas Starr, Steven Kueter, Don Tavarus, Ron Estacion, Douglas Schlorf, Richard Kruse, Robert Kruse, Dave Roe, Pat Slater, James Wilson, Tony Blanks, Coach Al Weisbecker.
Third Row (Left to Right): Student Manager Mark Garry, Terry Kasperbauer, Dan Johnson, Ron Koester, Bruce Bresee, Greg Larson, Robert Casagrande, Jeff Rodman, Kenneth Leonard, Kevin Stormo, Craig Rempp, Rodney Poppinga, Peter Sweitzer, Coach Dennis Dietterle, Student Manager David Dryden.
Fourth Row (Left to Right): Head Coach Joel Swisher, Steve Porter, John Olson, John Ritter, Dan Casey, Bill Gartland, Jim Tirrel, Darwin Robinson, Greg Prince, Gary Nystrom, Lee Briggle, Dean Myers, Duane Riedel, Deny Lather, Clifford Hayes, Craig Ebert, Assistant Coach Jon Walczyk.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director