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DSU drops Trojan Homecoming football game to SD Mines
September 25, 2010
MADISON, S.D. - Dakota State University held their annual Homecoming festivities in Madison on Saturday. The day ended with an evening football game between Dakota State and South Dakota School of Mines. The Trojans trailed 17-14 at halftime, but the Hardrockers scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to defeat DSU 41-14 at the Trojan Field.
Dakota State fell to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the DAC conference. South Dakota School of Mines, which received votes in the NAIA Football Coaches' National Poll, moved to 3-1 and 2-0 in the DAC.
The Hardrockers started off the scoring in the first quarter with 18 plays for 70 yards drive ending with Andy Smith's 31-yard field goal.
Nick Russell added a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for the Hardrockers. Smith's PAT kick was good to put SD Mines up 10-0.
SD School of Mines ran the score to 17-0 with a 2nd quarter touchdown. Russell hooked up with Bernis Berber on a 41-yard strike. The PAT kick from Smith was good.
DSU got on the board with help from their defense during the second quarter. Joe Monize intercepted Russell's pass and scampered 22 yards into the end zone. Dennis Lechner added the PAT to cut the deficit to 17-7.
The Trojans added another touchdown with two seconds remaining before intermission. Dylan Jones tossed an 18-yard pass to Carl Curtis and Lechner's PAT kick put the Trojans to within three points (17-14). The Trojans' touchdown drive needed 8 plays for 70 yards in 58 seconds.
The second half started off quickly for the Hardrockers. Jamie Dale ran for 16 yards into the end zone within one minute of play. SD Mines led 24-14 after Smith's successful PAT kick.
The Hardrockers put together another long drive gave for a touchdown and increased their lead to 31-14. SD Mines used a 12-play for 75 yards that was capped off by a 25-yard touchdown pass from Russell to Berber and was followed by Smith's fourth successful PAT kick.
In the fourth quarter, Mines used a turnover on their own 1-yard line to seal the game. They used 11 plays for 99 yards scoring drive that ended with Dale's 8-yard rushing touchdown. Smith added a PAT kick to make to expand the Hardrockers' lead to 38-14.
SD Mines' Smith added a 20-yard field goal to end the final score at 41-14.
South Dakota School of Mines ran 99 plays compared to 71 plays for Dakota State. The Hardrockers outgained the Trojans 556-248 in total yards.
The Hardrockers ran the ball 63 times for 277 yards compared to the Trojans' 15 times for 34 yards.
Both teams committed five turnovers.
DSU's Dylan Jones set a new DSU record for passing attempts with 56. The old record was held by Tom Nielsen with 53 (two times) in 2003. For the game, Jones was 25-56 for 214 yards with three interceptions and a touchdown. Carl Curtis had nine receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. Mike Trimble rushed 8 times for 42 yards.
For SD Mines, Russell was 18-31 for 210 yards. Berber had four catches for 81 yards. The DAC's leading rusher Dale rushed 32 times for 173 yards.
On defense, Josh Windsor recorded 21 tackles for the Trojans. Joe Whealy had 19 and Craig Hertz added 18. Monize and Bryce Logan each had an interception.
For the Hardrockers, Tanner Ireland had 11 tackles and Brian Kemnitz had two sacks.
Next Saturday, the Trojans will travel to Spearfish, S.D. to take on Black Hills State in the 7th Annual Missouri River Shootout. Kickoff is schedule for 2 p.m. (CT)/1 p.m. (MT). South Dakota School of Mines will host Mayville state at 1 p.m. (MT) in Rapid City, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director