September 5, 2013
THIS WEEK: Dakota State (0-1 overall record) plays their first home football game Saturday evening at the Trojan Field in Madison, S.D. The Trojans welcome Dordt (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, which they are playing their first football game of the 2013 season. Kick-off is slated for 6 p.m. There will be a tailgate prior to the football game at the Trojan Field's parking lot.
THE SERIES: Saturday's game marks the third straight year that Dordt and DSU had met. The series began in 2011 at the Trojan Field where the Defenders earned a 40-20 victory over the Trojans. Dordt currently owns a 2-0 series record with Dakota State. The Defenders defeated the Trojans 24-7 last season in Sioux Center, Iowa.
HOME OPENER: Dakota State is looking to end their losing streak on their season home opener game. The last time Trojans recorded a season home opener victory was on Sept. 15, 2007 as DSU defeated Dickinson State (N.D.) by the score of 14-12.
ABOUT DORDT (IOWA): Dordt is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Greg Youngblood is entering his second season as Dordt's head coach. The Defenders finished their 2012 season with a 1-10 overall record and winless in nine GPAC conference games. Dordt is picked to finished tied for ninth with Briar Cliff (Iowa) in the GPAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
LAST MEETING: Both teams met on Oct. 20, 2012 at the Open Space Park in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Trojans earned the first lead of the game 7-0 in the first quarter, but Dordt outscored DSU 24-0 in the final three quarters for a 24-7 victory. DSU outgained the Defenders 452-340 in total offensive yards. DC used six different rushers to accumulate a total of 307 rushing yards in the game. DSU recorded 23 first-downs compared to the Defenders' 16 first-downs.
TROJANS TO PLAY FIVE NIGHT GAMES: Five of the first six games on the 2013 Trojan Football schedule are slated to play during the evening. Dakota State dropped their first game of the 2013 season at Peru State (Neb.) on Aug. 31. The Trojans play Dordt (Iowa) in a home night football game at 6 p.m. on Sept. 7. Dakota State travels to Valley City State on Sept. 14 and Presentation on Sept. 21 with each NSAA conference game starting at 6 p.m. The last night game will be held on Oct. 5 as DSU welcomes one of the long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan with a 7 p.m. kickoff at the Trojan Field.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State kicked off their 2013 season on Aug. 31 in Auburn, Neb. against Peru State (Neb.). The Bobcats raced to a 28-0 halftime lead and never looked back as they defeated the Trojans 56-21. Peru State gained 310 rushing yards and outscored the Trojans 42-14 in points off turnovers. Cole Whisenhunt rushed 13 times for 29 yards. He was 8-for-16 with 42 passing yards. Nick Rock had five rushes for 24 yards and recorded a 23-yard passing touchdown to Zach Ely. Justin Summers completed four passes in six attempts for 42 yards. Bobby Tisch had six receptions for 56 yards, while Ely had three catches for 38 yards with a touchdown. Chad John and Ben Kullos each had nine tackles. Saturday's game will be the first game of the 2013 season for Dordt. Dordt's last game was on Nov. 10, 2012 as they were defeated by Northwestern (Iowa) by the score of 55-7.
DSU TEAM LEADERS: Cole Whisenhunt leads the Trojans' rushing department with a total of 29 yards. Justin Summers went 4-for-6 passing (66.7 percent completion rate) for 42 yards at Peru State (Neb.) on Aug. 31. Bobby Tisch leads the receiving with six receptions for 56 yards. Chad John and Ben Kullos each record nine tackles for the Trojans. Kullos and Tyler Poggemeyer each had a fumble recovery.
NSAA CONFERENCE KICK-OFF: The North Star Athletic Association football conference schedule kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Trojans heads to Valley City, N.D. to take on Valley City State, NSAA preseason favorite to win the league title. Kick-off is slated for 6 p.m. at the Lokken Field. Each team (DSU, Jamestown, Mayville State, Presentation and Valley City State) will play four NSAA conference games this season.
FOOTBALL FORECAST: As of Thursday, the weather forecast in Madison, S.D.. calls for mostly sunny skies with a temperature of 88 degrees for a high. Wind forecast is from the east-northeast at 5 to 15 miles-per-hour. The forecast for the overnight calls for partly cloudy skies with a low temperature of 64 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 free live video and audio coverage of the Trojans-Defenders football game on Saturday evening. Jon Hunter will be the Voice of the Trojan. Fans can follow and listen live onhttp://streaming.dsu.edu/Athletics-Live. The links will be available onwww.dsuathletics.comon the 'Live Games' tab above the upcoming events.
LIVE STATS/PLAY-BY-PLAY: All Dakota State home sporting events will have a live stats/play-by-play. The links can be found onwww.dsuathletics.comon the 'Live Games' tab above the upcoming events.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State football and athletics all season long onwww.dsuathletics.com. The Trojans are also on Twitter, just log ontowww.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics. The Dakota State University Athletics group page can be found on Facebook onhttps://www.facebook.com/DSUTrojanAthletics.
UP NEXT: Dakota State kicks off their NSAA conference schedule on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Trojans travel to Valley City, N.D. to take on Valley City State, receiving votes in the NAIA Football National Coaches' Top 25. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at the Lokken Field.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director