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No. 21 Hastings defeats Trojans in football action Saturday
October 6, 2012
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University football team faced a nationally-ranked opponent for the fourth time this season on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans faced No. 21 Hastings (Neb.) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). The Broncos defeated DSU 55-19 at the Trojan Field.
Dakota State remained winless in seven games this season. Hastings improved their overall record to 5-0.
Hastings opened the game with 12-plays with 75 yards in nearly six minutes for their first points of the game. John Dostal threw a touchdown pass to Trevor Bohn for 10-yards to give HC a 6-0 lead. Kenny Anderson added a PAT kick to make it 7-0 in favor of the Broncos with 9:02 remaining in the first quarter.
The Broncos made it 14-0 when Keenen Ballage rushed for a three-yard touchdown with 6:07 left in the first quarter (Anderson's PAT kick was good).
Dakota State got on board in the early second quarter. Brandon Large connected to Carl Curtis for a 21-yard touchdown pass. Nic Behrens' PAT kick was no good as the Trojans trailed at 14-6 with 12:23 remaining before intermission.
Anderson kicked a pair of 27-yard field goals (9:08 and 4:18 on the clock) in the second quarter to extend Hastings' lead to 20-6.
Dostal recorded an 11-yard touchdown pass to Nick Blunt with 2:13 left before halftime. Anderson's PAT kick was good to give Hastings a 27-6 lead.
DSU quickly scored a touchdown with 1:12 remaining in the second quarter. The Trojans used four plays for 63 yards in 1:01 as Large threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Curtis. The PAT kick by David Novak was blocked as DSU trailed 27-12 by intermission.
Sean Robentt recorded an eight-yard rushing touchdown in the early third quarter to widen Broncos' lead to 34-12 (Anderson's PAT kick was good).
Large threw a touchdown pass to Curtis for the third time in the game with 4:50 remaining in the third quarter. The Trojans used 11 plays for 87 yards in 4:01 in the scoring drive. The PAT kick by Behrens was good as DSU trimmed their deficit to 34-19.
Hastings sealed the game by scoring the final 21 points of the game.
Large was 23-of-38 in passing for 245 yards. He recorded three touchdowns and three interceptions for DSU. He rushed 14 times for 26 yards. Curtis had eight receptions for 114 yards with three touchdowns. Bobby Tisch added seven catches for 62 yards. John Niesen recorded 14 rushes for 39 yards.
Dostal completed 12 passes in 20 tries with 202 passing yards. He had three touchdown passes and recorded an interception. Ballage ran 22 times for 81 yards with two touchdowns. Jordan Wallman had two receptions for 60 yards. Trevor Bohn, Clayton Dean and Blunt each had recorded a touchdown.
Billy Bushong, Craig Hertz and Eric Liles each had eight tackles for the Trojans. Matt Atnip added seven tackles. Ben Kullos recorded an interception.
Jake Stevens had 10 tackles in the game for the Broncos. Quincy Johnson added six tackles. Kenese Io had an interception and returned for a 44-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Alex Gildon and Garrett Griffeth each had an interception.
Hastings outgained the Trojans 387-314 in total offensive yards. The Trojans had 245 passing yards compared to the Broncos' 202 passing yards. Hastings had 185 rushing yards in 48 attempts, while DSU had 31 rushing attempts for 69 yards.
The Trojans had 21 first-downs in the game. Hastings recorded 16 first-downs.
HC had a ball control for 31 minutes and 58 seconds in the game. DSU had a possession time of 28:02.
Hastings was 8-for-16 on third-down conversion. The Trojans were 4-for-11 in third-down situations.
Dakota State heads on the road next Saturday (Oct. 13). The Trojans face another opponent from the GPAC – Briar Cliff (Iowa). Kick-off from the Memorial Stadium is set for 1 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director