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Red Raiders defeat DSU in homecoming football game
September 24, 2011
MADISON, S.D. – In the annual Trojan Day homecoming football game, the Dakota State University hosted Northwestern (IA) College Saturday afternoon at Trojan Field. The Red Raiders defeated the Trojans 63-27.
DSU remained winless in five games this season. Northwestern moved back to .500 with an overall record of 2-2.
Prior to the game, Dakota State's former football head coach Lee Moran did the ceremonial coin flip to honor and celebrate 40th anniversary of the 1971 DSC's Boothill Bowl team.
After the Trojans went three-and-out to open the game, the Red Raiders quickly scored in their first play of the game. Davis Bloemendaal connected to Tyler Walker for a 57-yard touchdown. Mike O’Brien’s PAT kick was good to give NWIA a 7-0 lead.
The Red Raiders scored another touchdown off from DSU’s turnover (interception) with less than 11 minutes left in the first quarter. Brandon Smith rushed for eight yards for a touchdown. The PAT kick by O’Brien was good to extend Northwestern’s lead to 14-0. The Red Raiders used six plays for 49 yards in two minutes and 43 seconds in their scoring drive.
DSU answered back in the early second quarter as the Red Raiders committed a turnover (fumble) by Theo Bartman. The Trojans used eight plays for 51 yards in 2:42 for their first score of the game. Jeb Olsen recorded a four-yard rushing touchdown. The PAT kick by Zach Ely was good as DSU trimmed NWIA’s lead to 14-7.
Bloemendaal threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Eli Groenendyk with 6:50 left before intermission. O’Brien added a PAT kick to give the Red Raiders a 21-7 lead.
NWIA added another score with less than two minutes left in the first-half. Bloemendaal recorded an 81-yard pass to Jordan Micalef for a touchdown. O’Brien’s PAT kick was no good as NWIA’s lead grew to 27-7 with 1:52 left in the second quarter.
DSU used eight plays for 66 yards in 1:32 for the next score of the game. Brandon Large connected to Carl Curtis for six-yard touchdown pass. Ely added a PAT kick as the Trojans trailed at 27-14 at halftime.
Northwestern outscored the Trojans 29-0 in the third quarter. The Red Raiders led 56-14 by the end of the quarter.
Olsen rushed for 70-yard touchdown for DSU in the early fourth quarter. The PAT kick by Ely was good as Trojans cut their deficit to 56-20 with 13:27 left in regulation.
NWIA made it 63-20 when Jayme Rozeboom threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Jesse Selgeby. O’Brien added a PAT kick.
The Trojans scored a touchdown with less than eight minutes in the game. Large recorded a two-yard touchdown pass to Mike Curtis. Ely’s PAT kick was good as DSU as DSU trailed at 63-27.
Large was 27-for-45 with 242 yards and recorded two touchdowns and three interceptions for DSU. Olsen carried 18 times for 135 yards with two touchdowns. Wes Dauz had seven receptions for 57 yards. Carl Curtis added seven catches for 51 yards and recorded a touchdown.
Bloemendaal completed 12 of his 19 passes for 272 yards with four touchdowns and an interception for the Red Raiders. Brandon Smith rushed 13 times for 110 yards with two touchdowns. Walker had four receptions for 107 yards and recorded two touchdowns.
Eric Liles had 12 tackles for DSU. Bryce Logan added 11 tackles. DeVonte Garcia recorded an interception. Wade Hoffman and Garrett Schmidt each had a fumble recovery.
Isiah Twitty and Jordan Carlson each had eight tackles for the Red Raiders. Ben Aguilera, Nate Van Ginkel and Craig Follette each recorded an interception. Ethan Lensch had 2.5 quarterback sacks.
Northwestern outgained DSU 637-393 in total yards. The Red Raiders had 22 first-downs compared to the Trojans’ 17.
NWIA recorded four quarterback sacks for a loss of 23 yards in the game, while the Trojans had none.
DSU held the ball longer than Northwestern. The Trojans recorded a time possession of 32 minutes and 13 seconds compared to the Red Raiders’ 27:47.
Dakota State looks to snap their losing streak next Saturday, Oct. 1. The Trojans head to Concordia (Neb.). Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. in Seward, Neb.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director