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Trojans lose to Jamestown in high DAC Football scoring affair
October 23, 2010
MADISON, S.D. - The Dakota State University football team played their final home game of the season Saturday. The Trojans welcome Jamestown Jimmies at the Trojan Field in honor of Trojans' seniors and 'Think Pink' day. Jamestown won the offensive shoot-out over the Trojans 58-48.
Dakota State remained winless in eight games and fell to 0-6 in the DAC conference. Jamestown won their second straight game to raise their overall record to 3-5 and 2-4 in the DAC.
In the opening drive of the game, DSU's Paul Bagala connected a 92-yard touchdown pass to Stacey Berg to give the Trojans' 6-0 lead with 14:07 left in the first quarter. The touchdown pass tied the DSU school record for the longest touchdown pass. Dennis Lechner's PAT kick was no good.
Jamestown responded back with a 36-yard touchdown pass from Mike Beehler to Lance Johansen. The PAT kick by Nate Nygard was good to give Jamestown a 7-6 lead. The Jimmies used eight plays for 80 yards in 3 minutes and 38 seconds in their scoring drive.
The Jimmies scored another touchdown in the early second quarter with 14:53 left before intermission. Johansen rushed for a 10-yard touchdown. Nygard's PAT kick was good to extend Jimmies' lead to 14-6.
Dakota State used 10 plays for 77 yards in 4:09 in their next scoring drive. Bagala threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Mike Trimble. The PAT kick by Lechner was good to cut the deficit to 14-13.
Matt Mitthaugen scored on a 9-yard rushing touchdown with 7:40 left before halftime. Nygard added the PAT kick to give Jamestown a 21-13 lead.
Jamestown suffered a fumble on JC's 21-yard line and was recovered by Trojan Ronnie Jorgensen to give DSU's starting drive on Jimmies' 18-yard line with 6:03 left in second quarter. Bagala threw this third touchdown pass as he connected a 3-yard pass to Derek Kreutzfeldt. The PAT kick by Lechner was good to trim Jimmies' lead to 21-20. The Trojans used five plays and 18 yards in 1:26 in their scoring drive.
JC's Mitthaugen rushed for 39 yards for their next score, his second touchdown of the game. Nygard's PAT kick was good to give JC a 28-20 lead with 3:14 left before intermission.
Nygard added a 25-yard field goal as Jamestown took a 31-20 halftime lead.
The Jimmies outscored the Trojans 24-14 in the second quarter.
Dakota State began their second half with a succesful onside kick by Lechner as he recovered the ball on Trojans' 41-yard line. Bagala threw a 32-yard pass to Berg and 22-yard pass to Dauz to set up the position on JC's 1-yard line. Matt Engelmann scored a 1-yard touchdown run to trim Jimmies' lead to 31-26. The Trojans' 2-point conversion failed. DSU used five plays for 59 yards in 2:16 in the scoring drive.
Jamestown scored on the next drive with 12 plays for 56 yards in 6:01. Nygard hit a 26-yard field goal as the Jimmes' lead grew to 34-26.
DSU suffered a turnover on their 35-yard line as a backward pass fumble was recovered by the Jimmies. JC eventually score as Beehler threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Casey Hausauer. Nygard's PAT kick was good to give JC 41-26 lead with 5:19 left in the third quarter.
Nygard hit his third field goal of the game, a 26-yard field goal, in the late third quarter as the Jimmies extended their lead to 44-26.
The Trojans used three passing plays for first downs in the early fourth quarter. Engelmann recorded his second 1-yard touchdown run of the game with 12:04 left in the game. Bagala threw a succesful 2-point conversion to Luke Tinklenberg as DSU cut the deficit to 44-34. The Trojans used 10 plays for 73 yards in 3:40 in their scoring drive.
Following two costly penalties by DSU on the kickoff, JC started their drive on DSU's 45-yard line. Mitthaugen scored on a 3-yard run after a succesful 37-yard pass from Beehler to Hausauer. The PAT kick by Nygard was good as JC's lead expanded to 51-34.
On the next drive, DSU's Bagala was sacked and fumbled on Trojans' 18-yard line. JC's Jamey Westbrook recovered Bagala's fumble on DSU's 5-yard line and scored a touchdown. Nygard's PAT kick was good to give JC a 58-34 lead. The Jimmies scored 14 points in a span of less than two minutes.
The Trojans used 10 plays for 88 yards in 2:29 for their next score. Bagala connected to Berg for a 36-yard touchdown pass. The key play in this drive was a fourth-and-17 situation on DSU's 29-yard line where the Trojans faked a punt. Joe Whealy threw a 21-yard pass to Bryce Logan for a first down. The PAT kick by Lechner was good to trim JC's lead to 58-41 with 7:36 left in the fourth quarter.
DSU failed their onside kick as JC's Dustin Erbes recovered on the DSU's 40-yard line. DSU's Josh Windsor blocked Nygard's 35-yard field goal attempt with 4:29 left in the game.
The Trojans used 16 plays for 80 yards in 4:10 for their final scoring drive of the game. Bagala drew a 1-yard touchdown run. Lechner's PAT kick was good to make up the final score (58-48).
Bagala was 29-for-51 with 425 yards for the Trojans. He threw four touchdowns passes and recorded an interception. Bagala threw to nine different receivers in the game. Berg had five receptions for 182 yards with two touchdowns. Carl Curtis added five receptions for 62 yards. Darrik Bunker recorded five catches for 44 yards. Trimble rushed 15 times for 53 yards. Engelmann ran the ball seven times for 23 yards and recorded two touchdowns.
The Trojans broke a new DSU school record for most team passing yards in a game with 446.
For Jamestown, Beehler was 20-for-29 with 271 yards with a touchdown. Max Boe had nine receptions for 91 yards. Johansen added five catches for 77 yards with a touchdown. He rushed 11 times for 41 yards with a rushing touchdown. Mitthaugen recorded 16 rushes for 122 yards with three rushing touchdowns.
Windsor led the Trojans' defense with 13 tackles. Joe Monize and Whealy each had 10 tackles.
Mike Sandness recorded 10 tackles for JC. Reid Haagenson had eight tackles.
DSU set a new school record for most first downs in the game with 30. Jamestown had 21 first downs. The Trojans out-gained JC 559-439.
Saturday marked the final time playing at the Trojan Field for Trojans' seniors - Kyle McIntire, Mike Trimble, Josh Windsor, Austen Hanten, Eric Farrer, Chad Hunt, Joe Whealy, Bob Masterson, Ray Schiefen and Chris Schiller.
Dakota State attempts for their first win of the season as they head to Mayville State on Oct. 30 in Mayville, N.D. Kick-off is slated for 1:30 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director