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Football - Thu, Aug. 31, 2017

August 31, 2017

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THIS WEEK

· Dakota State (S.D.) (1-0 overall record) plays its first road game of the season Saturday afternoon.

· The Trojans visit Saint Ambrose (Iowa) (0-0 overall record/receiving votes in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 national poll) of Mid-State Football Midwest conference.  It will be their third meeting in the all-time series history.

· Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. at Brady Street Stadium (3600 Brady Street) in Davenport, Iowa.

· DSU is playing the first game of the two-game road stretch.  The Trojans will play in Sioux City, Iowa on Sept. 9 versus Briar Cliff (Iowa).

LIVE COVERAGE

· Saint Ambrose (Iowa) will provide a live stats/play-by-play on  https://portal.stretchinternet.com/stam/.  Stay tuned to the DSU Athletics website to see if there will be any live video webcast.  At this point, St. Ambrose do not have live video webcast available.  

· KJAM Radio with Paul Vold will have a live audio broadcast of the football game on Thursday evening.  To listen live from KJAM Radio online, go to https://www.amazingmadison.com/2015/08/17/dsu-sports/ or tune in on KJAM Radio FM 103.1.

· Check out the DSU Athletics website for all information on live coverage links and recaps.  Go to www.dsuathletics.com for more information.

TROJANS ROAD SCHEDULE

· Dakota State (S.D.) have a total of six road games scheduled for the 2017 season.

· The Trojans play their first road game on Saturday afternoon at St. Ambrose (Iowa).

· DSU continues their road trip with a non-conference contest at Briar Cliff (Iowa) in Sioux City on Sept. 9.

· After Dakota State's two-game home stand, the Trojans travel to Jamestown (N.D.) for the Dacotah Bank/North Star conference game on Sept. 30.

· DSU only play one road game during the month of October.  The Trojans head to Lokken Field on Oct. 21 against North Star's member Valley City State (N.D.).

· Dakota State concludes their 2017 regular-season schedule with a pair of games in the month of November.  The Trojans visit Mayville State (N.D.) on Nov. 4 and Presentation (S.D.) on Nov. 11.  Both games are counted toward to the Dacotah Bank/North Star Football conference standings.

DSU WINS TWO STRAIGHT AGAINST DWU; CLAIMS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TRAVELING TROPHY

· Numerous records had been broken in Dakota State's (S.D.) 56-39 season home opener over long-time rival No. 17-ranked Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) at Trojan Field on Aug. 24.  It was the second annual Ag Bowl game, which saw over a record 5,500 fans at the game.

· It was the second straight year that the Trojans defeated a nationally-ranked Tigers.  DSU also claimed their first-ever Chamber of Commerce Traveling Trophy with DWU.

· The Trojans broke a 44-year old school record of 642 offensive yards in the victory.  The previous old record was set in 1973 with 566 yards versus Black Hills State (S.D.).

· Deadlocked at 21-21 late in the second quarter, the Trojans grabbed the lead just 1 second before halftime.  The Trojans used 17 plays for 87 yards in 7 minutes, 19 seconds for their final scoring drive of the first-half.  Jacob Giles threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell Galloway, while Brywn Ratcliffe added the PAT extra-point kick to put DSU up 28-21 by halftime.

· Dakota State outscored Dakota Wesleyan 14-12 in the third quarter, extending their lead to 42-33.

· The Trojans opened up the fourth quarter with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Giles to Austin Opdahl to widen their lead to 49-33 (Ratcliffe's PAT kick was good) with less than 14 minutes left in the game.

· DWU could get no closer than 10 points (49-39) as DSU secured the victory.  The Trojans scored another touchdown, a 2-yard touchdown run by Hagan Hines, to make it the final score 56-39 (Ractliffe's PAT kick was good) with 5:47 remaining.

· Giles finished the game with career-highs of 40 completions, 452 yards and tied the DSU school record with 7 touchdown passes for DSU.

· DSU's Opdahl also had a career night, recorded career-bests 17 receptions for 333 receiving yards.  He also had four touchdown catches in the game.

· Hines rushed 24 times for 123 yards and a touchdown.  Brodie Frederiksen had 12 rushes for 51 yards.

· Dereck DeVries led the Trojans' defense with eight tackles.  Danny Jordan, Ryan Dozier and Baily Edwards each added six tackles.

· Mike McAlister, Curt Boeke, Ron Tortorello and John Trout each registered a quarterback sace for Dakota State.

TWO TROJANS HONORED BY NORTH STAR

· Two Dakota State (S.D.) football players were selected to the first edition of the Dacotah Bank/North Star Football Players-of-the-Week on Aug. 28 after their performances versus Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Aug. 24.

· Austin Opdahl was picked as the Offensive Player-of-the-Week, while Brywn Ractliffe was chosen as Special Teams Player-of-the-Week for the Trojans.

· Opdahl, a 6-foot-1 senior wide receiver, broke the DSU single-game school record for most catches with 17, breaking his previous old record of 15 receptions on Sept. 10, 2016 at the Trojan Field versus St. Ambrose (Iowa).

· Opdahl also broke the school's single-game receiving yards with 333 receiving yards.  The DSU single-game receiving yards record was held for 16 yards by Mark Maples with 231 receiving yards versus Mayville State (N.D.) in 2001.

· Opdahl had four touchdown receptions in the game for Dakota State.  He caught touchdown receptions of 38-, 4-, 34-, and 2-yards.  Opdahl extended his DSU career school record touchdown receptions to 32.

· Ractliffe, a 5-foot-10 junior kicker for DSU, was perfect 8-for-8 on his PAT extra-point kicks in Trojans' victory over Dakota Wesleyan.

· He tied the DSU single-game school record for most PAT extra-point kicks made in the game with Mitch Lynch (versus Mayville State in 2004).

· According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website, Ractliffe leads the nation in PAT extra-point kicking percentage (100.0 percent).  He also ranks fifth in the NAIA in total scoring (kicking category) with eight points.

GILES BREAK DSU SCHOOL RECORDS

· Dakota State's (S.D.) Jacob Giles had set numerous passing single-game records in their 56-39 upset victory over Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Aug. 24.

· Giles completed 40 passes in 48 attempts for an impressive 452 yards for the Trojans.  He threw seven touchdowns in the game.

· His 40 completed passes broke the previous single-game record that Giles held in 2016 twice (32 completed passes vs. Mayville State, N.D. on Oct. 29 and vs. St. Ambrose, Iowa on Sept. 10—both at Trojan Field).

· Giles' 452 passing yards also broke a 17-year old record held by Justin Thielke.  Thielke held the previous DSU single-game record of 432 passing yards versus Minot State (N.D.) in 2000.

· Giles tied the DSU single-game school record with seven passing touchdowns.  He did threw seven touchdowns in a game versus St. Ambrose (Iowa) on Sept. 10, 2017.

· He extended the DSU career touchdown passes record to 66.  Thielke held the old record of 58 touchdown passes from 1997-2000.

DSU IN THE NAIA STATISTICAL RANKINGS

· According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Thursday, Dakota State (S.D.) have several categories ranked in the NAIA's Top 5.

· The Trojans leads the nation in the following categories:  opponents fourth-down conversion (0.0 percent), PAT extra-point kicking (100.0 percent), and punting yards per attempt (57.0 yards),

· DSU ranks second in the NAIA in the following:  pass efficiency (210.0), 3rd-down conversion (70.6 percent), total pass offense (452) and total offense per game (642).

· The Trojans rank fifth in the nation in quarterback sacks with four (4).  Mike McAlister, Curt Boeke, Ron Tortorello and John Trout each had a quarterback sack for DSU (11th-most in the NAIA).

· Individually, Brywn Ractliffe ranks first in the nation in PAT extra-point kicking percentage (100.0) for Dakota State.

· Austin Opdahl leads the NAIA in receptions (17), receiving yards (333) and total scoring (24 points) for DSU.

· Dakota State's Jacob Giles is second in the nation in passing yards with 452 yards.  He is also third in total offense yards with 468 yards.

2017 DSU TEAM LEADERS

· RushingHagan Hines—24 attempts for 123 yards (5.1 yards per carry)

· Passing:  Jacob Giles—83.3 percent completion rate, 452.0 passing yards per game

· Receptions/Yards:  Austin Opdahl—17 receptions /333 yards (17.0 receptions/333.0 yards per game)

· Tackles:  Dereck DeVries—8 tackles (8.0 tackles per game)

· Tackles-for-Loss:  Mike McAlister, Ron Tortorello, Curt Boeke, John Trout—1.0 tackle-for-loss

· Quarterback Sacks:  Mike McAlister, Ron Tortorello, Curt Boeke, John Trout—1.0 sacks

· Interceptions:  N/A

· Fumble Recoveries:  N/A

· Scoring:  Austin Opdahl—24 points (4 touchdowns)

NEXT DSU TROJAN FOOTBALL HOME GAMES

· Make sure to mark on your calendar for the next Dakota State (S.D.) Trojan Football home games at Trojan Field.

· The Trojans open up their Dacotah Bank/North Star Football conference season on Sept. 16 versus Mayville State (N.D.).  Kick-off is set for 6 p.m.  The game is scheduled as Parents Night for DSU Football team.

· The annual Trojan Days' homecoming game is slated for Saturday, Sept. 23.  Dakota State hosts North Star's fellow Presentation (S.D.).  Kick-off is set for 4 p.m.

3RD MEETING

· Dakota State (S.D.) and Saint Ambrose (Iowa) will be meeting for the third time in all-time series history on Saturday afternoon.

· The series record is 1-1 after both teams won on their own home field, most recently last year at Trojan Field where DSU posted a 62-48 high-scoring affair victory over SAU.

· The Fighting Bees won the first-ever meeting with the Trojans by the score of 39-35 on Sept. 26, 2015 at Brady Street Stadium.

· In the last meeting, Saint Ambrose was ranked No. 24 in the NAIA Football Coaches' Preseason Top 25 poll.   A total of 110 points were scored in the game.

· Jacob Giles finished the game by completing 32 passes in 42 attempts for 400 yards.  He threw 7 touchdowns in the game.  Austin Opdahl had 15 receptions for 177 yards and caught four touchdowns.

· A total of 1,030 offensive yards were registered in the game.  DSU had 519 offensive yards compared to SAU 511 offensive yards.

· The Trojans outrushed the Fighting Bees 119-106.

· Dakota State had a single-game school record 35 first-downs in the game.

FOOTBALL FORECAST

· According to the Weather Channel (www.weather.com) as of Thursday, the forecast in Davenport, Iowa calls for sunny skies.

· There is no chance of precipitation.

· Forecast highs will be in the upper 70's with the overnight lows of 50's

· The wind forecast comes from the southwest at 5 to 10 miles-per-hour.

DSU FOOTBALL HISTORY LESSON

· Dakota State (S.D.) is entering in its 98th year of competition.

· The Trojans own an all-time record of 290-482-17.

· Dakota State opened their first year of competition in 1908 with an overall record of 4-1-1.

· Since joining the North Star Athletic Association, DSU landed 25 players on the All-Conference teams, including Ben Kullos as NSAA Defense Most Valuable Player in 2015 and Austin Opdahl as NSAA Offense Most Valuable Player in 2016.

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Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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