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Trojan Football plays final regular-season game versus Mayville State (N.D.) Saturday
November 2, 2012
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University football team (2-8 overall record, 1-1 Association of Independent Institutions conference record) looks to end their 2012 season on a high note. The Trojans are seeking for their second straight victory as they host Mayville State (3-5, 0-3 A.I.I.) in the battle of former Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) foes. Kick-off is slated for 3 p.m. at the Trojan Field. Seniors will be recognized at approximately 15 minutes prior to the game.
THE SERIES: Mayville State won the last meeting (Nov. 5, 2011) with the Trojans by the score of 6-0 to even the all-time series record at 11-11. The series began 1986 where the Comets had won the first nine meetings with Dakota State. Then, the Trojans reeled off 11 straight wins over Mayville State before the Comets won the last two meetings in Mayville, N.D.
DSU SENIORS: Eleven DSU football players will be playing their final career collegiate football game on Saturday. They will be recognized prior to the game. The DSU seniors are: Stacey Berg, Carl Curtis, Wes Dauz, Marshall Doeden, Craig Hertz, Brandon Large, Eric Liles, John Niesen, Connor Ruppert, Blake Schlagel and Dax Thompson.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State rallied back to tie the game with seven seconds left in regulation and extended the game into overtime on Oct. 27 versus Jamestown (N.D.). Both teams were unable to score in the first overtime as both teams missed a field goal. The Trojans scored first in the second overtime by using three plays for their scoring drive. DSU added a successful PAT extra point to make it 35-28. The Jimmies scored a touchdown, but failed to convert their 2-point PAT attempt as the Trojans held on to a 35-34 victory. Mayville State finished their six-game home stand on Oct. 27, dropping a 41-14 decision to Macalester College. The Comets were shut down in the second-half as Macalester scored 20 points in the second-half to seal the victory.
FOOTBALL FORECAST: As of Friday, the weather forecast for Saturday in Madison, S.D. calls for a partly cloudy sky with a high temperature of 49 degrees. The wind will come from the southwest at 5-10 miles-per-hour.
LARGE EARNS NATIONAL HONORABLE MENTION: Brandon Large earned an honorable mention in the NAIA Football National Offensive Player of the Week, released on Oct. 29. Large completed 23 passes in 36 attempts for 287 yards with three touchdown passes in 35-34 double overtime victory over Jamestown on Oct. 27. He broke a new DSU school record for most passing yards in a single season with 2,708 yards—previously set by Justin Thielke with 2,501 yards in 1999. Large ranks second in the nation in total offense of 2,750 yards and total passing (2.708).
TROJANS BREAK DSU RECORDS: Dakota State produced 28 first-downs in Trojans' 35-34 double overtime victory over Jamestown on Oct. 27. The Trojans broke a new DSU school record for the most first-downs in a single season. After the game on Oct. 27, DSU had produced a total of 205 first-downs—previous old mark was 184 set in 2011.
DSU QUICK LEADERS: Brandon Large leads the Trojans' offense attack with an average of 270.8 passing yards per game. He records a passing completion rate of 58.1 percent. Large amasses 17 passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns this season. Large leads the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) in passing category. John Niesen records 494 rushing yards and averages 49.4 rushing yards per game. Bobby Tisch leads the A.I.I. in total receptions of 50 (5.6 catches per game), which ranks 15th in the nation. Stacey Berg records 43 catches for 930 yards (116.3 yards per game). He ranks fourth in the nation in receiving yards per game and fifth in total receiving yards. Craig Hertz accumulates a total of 103 tackles (11.4 tackles per game—sixth in the nation in total tackles per game). Eric Liles is 12th in the nation in tackles per game with an average of 10.5 tackles per game. Josh Licht records four quarterback sacks (0.4 sacks per game).
DSU FOOTBALL HISTORY LESSON: Dakota State is in its 93rd year of competition. The Trojans own an all-time record of 268-452-17. DSU opened their first year of competition in 1908 with an overall record of 4-1-1. Dakota State is in their second year membership with the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.).
WATCH & LISTEN: All Dakota State home football matches will be webcast live video and audio. There is no charge to the webcast. Fans wanting to follow the action can go to the following link: http://streaming.dsu.edu/Athletics-Live. The link also will be available on www.dsuathletics.com in the 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
LIVE STATS/PLAY-BY-PLAY: Live stats and play-by-play will be available in all Dakota State's home games. The live stats link is available on game day on www.dsuathletics.com under 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State football and athletics all season long on www.dsuathletics.com. The Trojans are also on Twitter, just log onto www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics. The Dakota State University Athletics group page can be found on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/DSUTrojanAthletics.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director