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DSU looks to make two straight wins in football Saturday
October 18, 2011
THIS WEEK: After posting a long-awaited victory on Oct. 15, the Dakota State University football team (1-7 overall record) looks to make it two straight wins this Saturday as they host Dordt (Iowa) in Trojans' final home game of the season. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Trojan Field. Seniors will be recognized prior to the game as they play their final home career game. It will be both teams' first-ever meeting in football program history.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State jumped to a commanding 24-0 lead versus Briar Cliff on Oct. 15. The Chargers quickly scored twice in the fourth quarter, but the Trojans held on to a 24-16 victory to snap their 17-game losing streak. DSU outgained Briar Cliff 448-293 in total yards. Dordt suffered their sixth straight loss as they suffered a 45-19 defeat at Nebraska Wesleyan.
FOOTBALL FORECAST: Saturday's forecast calls for a high of 57 degrees and a partly cloudy sky.
SENIORS: Dakota State University football team will be recognizing six seniors this Saturday prior to the game at Trojan Field. The seniors are Dana Felderman, Wade Hoffman, Bryce Logan, Joe Monize, Jacob Nikolaisen and Matt Parr.
LARGE EARNS A.I.I. WEEKLY HONOR: The Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) has selected DSU's Brandon Large as Male Athlete of the Week honor, announced Monday morning. He completed 24 of 39 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns. Large rushed 12 times for 63 yards with a score in a 24-16 victory over Briar Cliff on Oct. 15. According to the NAIA-DakStats statistical website as of Tuesday, he ranks sixth in the nation in total offense with 1945 yards. He ranks 12th in the nation in passing yards per game (227.9).
NATIONAL RANKINGS: Robert Ortiz ranks first in the nation in total kick-off return yards with 869. Wes Dauz is third in the nation in total receptions with 51, while Carl Curtis is 22nd in the nation with 33 total receptions. Eric Liles ranks sixth in tackles per game (10.7). As a team, Dakota State ranks eighth in the nation in total pass offense (1823), 18th in pass offense per game (227.9) and 18th in opponents' fourth-down conversion (35 percent).
DSU QUICK LEADERS: Jeb Olsen leads the team in rushing with a total of 507 yards, an average of 84.5 yards per game. Brandon Large averages 227.9 passing yards with a completion percentage of 58.7. Wes Dauz leads the team with 51 receptions, an average of 6.4 catches per game. Bryce Logan and Eric Liles each record 64 tackles for the Trojans. Blake Schlagel and Josh Licht each have two quarterback sacks this season for DSU.
DSU FOOTBALL HISTORY LESSON: Dakota State is in its 92nd year of competition. The Trojans own an all-time record of 267-442-17. DSU opened their first year of competition in 1908 with an overall record of 4-1-1.
FOLLOW LIVE COVERAGE: Follow Dordt-DSU football live and free of charge on www.streaming.dsu.edu/Athletics-Live. The link will be available on www.dsuathletics.com above the 'Upcoming Events' on the 'Live Game' tab. The live stats and play-by-play will also be available on the 'Live Game' tab.
STAY CONNECTED: Follow Dakota State all season long on its official home, www.dsuathletics.com.
UP NEXT: Dakota State heads on the road next Saturday, Oct. 29. The Trojans head to Rapid City, S.D. to visit their former Dakota Athletic Conference and current NCAA Division II member South Dakota Mines. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (CT)/1 p.m. (MT) at the O'Harra Stadium.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director