Jackrabbits to battle Huskers
The South Dakota State football team closes the non-conference portion of its schedule Saturday afternoon, traveling to Nebraska for a regional matchup against the Cornhuskers.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2:42 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.
The Jackrabbits, ranked sixth in both major Football Championship Subdivision polls, enter the game with a 3-0 record following a 34-26 come-from-behind victory Sept. 14 over Southeastern Louisiana. SDSU will be in search of its first 4-0 start since 2000, when the Jackrabbits played at the NCAA Division II level.
Nebraska, meanwhile, is 2-1 following a 41-21 home loss last week to UCLA. The loss knocked the Cornhuskers out of the rankings, although Nebraska is still receiving votes.
Saturday’s game is scheduled to be televised on the Big Ten Network.
TEAM JACK: South Dakota State coaches will wear hats during Saturday’s game in support of the Team Jack Foundation.
The foundation was started in honor of Jack Hoffman, a 7-year-old from Atkinson, Neb., who has been battling brain cancer and captured the nation’s hearts with a touchdown run in Nebraska’s Spring Game.
Jack’s parents, Andy and Bri Hoffman, are both alumni of South Dakota State.
The Team Jack Foundation will present the inaugural National Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Day celebration on Sept. 26 in Atkinson.
For more information, log on to TeamJackFoundation.org
FOUR-DOWN TERRITORY: Four quick notes on the Jackrabbits:
• The Jackrabbits have scored in 11 of 12 quarters so far this season;
• SDSU is plus-11 in turnover margin this season, forcing three lost fumbles and intercepting nine passes. The Jackrabbits have yet to turn the ball over on offense this season — their lone turnover came on an onside kick last week against Southeastern Louisiana;
• The Jackrabbits’ nine interceptions have come from eight different players;
• Zach Zenner again leads the Football Championship Subdivison in rushing (540 yards, 180.0 yards per game), and is tied for the lead in scoring with 54 points. Zenner led all of college football in 2012 with 2,044 rushing yards (157.2 ypg).
THE SERIES: Saturday’s game marks the third meeting on the gridiron between South Dakota State and Nebraska. The Cornhuskers have won the two previous meetings — both of which have been played in Lincoln, Neb.
The first-ever meeting between the two programs was played exactly 50 years to the day — Sept. 21, 1963 — with the Cornhuskers recording a 58-7 victory.
In that contest, SDSU was held to five first downs and only 31 yards of total offense, including a minus-17 rushing total.
Rudy Johnson and Kent McCloughan each scored two first-half rushing touchdowns for Nebraska, which led 37-0 at halftime. In all, the Cornhuskers rolled up 352 yards on the ground and were forced to punt only once
SDSU avoided a shutout on a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Ron Meyer to Ed Maras that covered 23 yards.
VERSUS THE BIG TEN: South Dakota State has not fared well against Big Ten Conference opponents, holding a 1-19 record against current Big Ten members. The Jackrabbits’ lone win against a Big Ten foe was a 13-6 decision at Wisconsin in 1935.
Most of the previous matchups against Big Ten opponents were played prior to World War II. SDSU has played Minnesota (2009), Nebraska (2010) and Illinois (2011) since moving to the Football Championship Subdivision in 2004
Following are SDSU’s series records against current Big Ten members:
• Illinois (0-1)
• Minnesota (0-7)
• Michigan State (0-1)
• Wisconsin (1-8)
• Minnesota (0-7)
PLAYING UP: The Jackrabbits will be meeting a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent for the sixth consecutive season. SDSU has yet to knock off an FBS opponent, all of which have been from either the Big Ten or Big 12.
• 2008: Iowa State 44, South Dakota State 17
• 2009: Minnesota 16, South Dakota State 13
• 2010: Nebraska 17, South Dakota State 3
• 2011: Illinois 56, South Dakota State 3
• 2012: Kansas 31, South Dakota State 17
MEDIA COVERAGE: Audio coverage of Saturday’s game is scheduled to be available via the Jackrabbit Extra subscription service at GoJacks.com, the official website of SDSU athletics. Monthly subscriptions for the Jackrabbit Extra, which includes live audio and video streaming are available for $11.95 per month or $99.95 for a year of coverage.
Local radio coverage Saturday begins at 1:30 p.m. on the Jackrabbit Sports Network. Tyler Merriam will call the play-by-play, with former Jackrabbit player Mike Struck providing color commentary and Scotty Kwas providing sideline updates. Yankton-based WNAX 570 AM will again serve as the flagship station of the Jackrabbit Sports Network, which includes the following affiliates:
• KJJQ 910 AM-Brookings
• KBFS 1450 AM-Belle Fourche
• KJOE 106.1 FM-Pipestone, Minn.
• KORN 1490 AM-Mitchell
• KOLY 1300 AM-Mobridge
• KGFX 1060 AM-Pierre
• KDSJ 980 AM-Deadwood
• KSDR 1480 AM-Watertown
CAPTAINS: Leading the Jackrabbit football team on the field and in the locker room are four captains:
• Brandon Hubert, Sr., wide receiver, Gretna, Neb.
• Austin Sumner, Jr., quarterback, Brandon, S.D.;
• Winston Wright, Sr., defensive back, Lee’s Summit, Mo.;
• Zach Zenner, Jr., running back, Eagan, Minn.
The Jackrabbits broke from tradition last season by naming non-senior players as
captains. Previously, all team captains were selected from the senior class. Sumner and Wright are two-year captains.
RABBITS RANKED: The South Dakota State University football team entered the 2013 season with its highest national ranking as a member of the Football Championship Subdivison by holding down the sixth spot in The Sports Network Preseason Top 25.
SDSU, coached by John Stiegelmeier, also was ranked seventh in the FCS Coaches Preseason Poll. The Jackrabbits also were ranked fourth by Lindy’s College Football, ninth by College Sporting News and 10th by Athlon College Football.
Following their victory last week at North Dakota, the Jackrabbits remain sixth in the Sports Network poll but moved up one spot to sixth in this week’s FCS Coaches poll.
The Jackrabbits return 15 starters to a squad that advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs. SDSU’s previous high national ranking in either of the most-recognized polls was a ninth-place showing in 2010 preseason polls by both The Sports Network and FCS Coaches, following the Jackrabbits’ inaugural berth in the FCS playoffs in 2009.
Two-time defending national champion and Missouri Valley Football Conference rival North Dakota State held on to the top spot in both polls this week.
VALLEY PREVIEW: South Dakota State has been picked to finish second in the 2013 Missouri Valley Football Conference race, according to a preseason poll conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors that was released in late July.
The Jackrabbits, who placed second in the league last season with a 6-2 record en route to a 9-4 overall mark and berth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, tallied 323 points in the poll. Defending league champion and two-time defending national champion North Dakota State was a unanimous first-place selection, garnering all 39 first-place votes for 390 points. Northern Iowa (269), Illinois State (264) and Youngstown State (253) rounded out the upper half of the 10-team league.
Completing the poll were Indiana State (197), Southern Illinois (188), Missouri State (123), Western Illinois (77) and South Dakota (61).
Although the voters all agreed that NDSU is their top choice, there was a wide variance for the league's other nine teams, as seven teams were picked to finish in five or more different positions.
A pre-season favorite has claimed the league crown 15 times (in 27 previous polls). North Dakota State was picked to win the league last season.
In addition, four Jackrabbit players were named to the MVFC Preseason Team.
Headlining South Dakota State's four selections to the preseason all-league team were returning first-team honorees Bryan Witzmann and Zach Zenner. A senior offensive tackle, Witzmann has started all 35 of the Jackrabbits' games over the last three seasons. Zenner, meanwhile, set a league single-season record for rushing yards during the 2012 season, totaling an FCS-best 2,044 yards in 13 games.
Joining Witzmann and Zenner on the preseason team were defensive end Doug Peete and linebacker T.J. Lally, who both were second-team all-MVFC selections a year ago. Peete led the squad with 13.5 tackles for loss and shared the team lead with six sacks a season ago. Lally put together a strong redshirt freshman season in 2012, ranking second on the team with 107 tackles and also sharing the team lead with six sacks.
North Dakota State led with 10 selection to the MVFC Preseason Team, including returning Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Williams. Northern Iowa was second with six honorees, followed by SDSU and Illinois State.
BROWN HONORED: South Dakota State University linebacker Dallas Brown has been honored as both at the conference level and nationally for for his performance in the Jackrabbits’ 34-26 home win over Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 14.
A redshirt freshman from Tucson, Ariz., Brown was natmed both Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player and Newcomer of the Week, as well as being honored as National Freshman of the Week by The Sports Network and National Linebacker of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.
In his first career start, Brown intercepted a pair of passes and was credited with six tackles as the sixth-ranked Jackrabbits rallied to stay undefeated at 3-0. Both of Brown’s interceptions came on Southeastern’s last two offensive possessions; the first interception he returned 52 yards for a touchdown with 2:25 to play. The second interception also came near midfield with just over a minute remaining, sealing the Jackrabbit victory.
Brown’s interceptions were two of the six turnovers — four interceptions and two fumbles — the Jackrabbits forced in the game.
SCOUTING NEBRASKA: One of the most storied programs in all of college football, Nebraska is seeking a return to national prominence after once again playing in a New Year’s Day bowl game last season.
The Cornhuskers are led offensively by dual-threat quarterback Taylor Martinez, who is averaging more than 200 yards of total offense per game. Martinez has completed 66.2 percent (53-of-80) of his passes for 528 yards in three games, with nine touchdowns against only one interception. He has added 101 yards on the ground.
Kenny Bell has been the top receiving target for the Cornhuskers in the first third of the season, catching 16 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Bell also is averaging 30.3 yards as the team’s primary kick returner.
Fellow wide receiver Quincy Enunwa has made the most of his 11 catches, scoring five touchdowns.
The Nebraska running game, which is averaging 262.7 yards per contest thus far, is paced by Ameer Abdullah, who has gained 326 yards (108.7 ypg) and scored two touchdowns. Imani Cross leads the team with three touchdown runs.
The Cornhusker defense has been susceptible to big plays this season and is allowing 29.3 points and 463.3 yards of total offense per game. Safety Corey Cooper leads the team with 20 tackles through three games, and has added an interception.
Cornerbacks Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans each have three interceptions and have each returned one for a touchdown. Jean-Baptiste also has broken up four passes, with Evans adding three breakups.
Nebraska has been solid on special teams as punter Sam Foltz is averaging 42 yards per attempt and kickoff specialist Mauro Bondi has recorded 13 touchbacks on 20 kickoff attempts. The Cornhuskers have attempted only one field goal this season, a 24-yarder by Pat Smith in the season opener against Wyoming.
LAST MEETING: The South Dakota State University football team battled throughout with nationally ranked Nebraska before falling 17-3 before a crowd of 85,573 on Sept. 25, 2010, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.
The Jackrabbits dropped to 0-3 on the season, while the Cornhuskers, ranked sixth in the Associated Press poll and seventh in the USA Today coaches’ poll, improved to 4-0.
The game was scoreless through one quarter although the Jackrabbits controlled the opening 15 minutes. SDSU gained two first downs on the opening drive before being forced to punt. On Nebraska’s first play from scrimmage, Anthony Wise forced Cornhusker quarterback Taylor Martinez to fumble and Winston Wright fell on the loose football to give the Jackrabbits the ball at the Nebraska 24.
After an 8-yard pass from Thomas O'Brien to Aaron Rollin, the Jackrabbits were set up first and goal from the 2-yard line. An illegal motion penalty negated a touchdown and SDSU was later stuffed on successive plays from the 1-yard line to thwart the drive.
Following three-and-outs by each team, Nebraska cracked the scoring column in the opening minute of the second quarter. After scrambling for 33 yards earlier in the drive, Martinez connected with Mike McNeill on a 64-yard pass play on the first play of the second stanza that gave the Cornhuskers first and goal from the Jackrabbit 3.
On the next play, Rex Burkhead found paydirt to cap a six-play, 96-yard drive.
The Cornhuskers’ big-play offense struck again moments later as Martinez hit Kyle Reed along the right sideline for a 33-yard touchdown with 10:46 to play in the half.
SDSU forced its second turnover of the game late in the first half as Dirk Kool picked off a pass that was returned seven yards to the Jackrabbit 47. However, the Jackrabbits failed to pick up a first down and the half ended 14-0 in favor of Nebraska.
The Jackrabbits got on the board on their second possession of the second half with a 12-play, 73-yard drive that ended with a 35-yard field goal by Kyle Harris. Kyle Minett gained 42 yards on the ground during the drive, including a 26-yard jaunt that pushed SDSU out of the shadow of its own goal line.
Nebraska answered with a field goal of its own on the first snap of the fourth quarter, a 30-yarder by Henery that culminated an 11-play, 52-yard drive.
The momentum appeared to shift back in the Jackrabbits’ favor as Derek Domino intercepted a Martinez pass that he returned for an apparent touchdown. However, SDSU was flagged for an illegal block during the return, spotting the ball back at the Jackrabbit 33. The Jackrabbits advanced into Nebraska territory on a 33-yard pass from O’Brien to Tyrel Kool, but O’Brien was intercepted two plays later at the Cornhusker 1-yard line by Alfonzo Dennard.
The Huskers held a 345-236 advantage in total offense, gaining 205 on the ground. Martinez gained 75 yards on 13 carries, with Burkhead adding 66 yards on 14 carries. Martinez also completed 6-of-14 passes for 140 yards, with Brandon Kinnie leading the way with three receptions for 34 yards.
Minett, a senior running back from Ruthton, Minn., paced the Jackrabbit offense with 112 yards on 28 carries and added a team-high five receptions for 14 yards. O'Brien finished the night 12-of-28 passing for 95 yards.
Domino led the Jackrabbit defense with a career-high 16 tackles, including two for loss. Fellow linebacker Mike Lien added 11 stops.
Levonte Davis made a game-high 19 tackles for Nebraska.
SUMNER AT THE HELM: Jackrabbit quarterback Austin Sumner is poised to take over the top spot in career passing this season.
A junior from Brandon, Sumner has tallied 5,495 passing yards through two-plus
seasons to rank fifth in SDSU history. He has played in 26 career games and made 23 starts, holding a 16-7 record as the team’s top signal-caller. During his first season, he set a Missouri Valley Football Conference freshman record with 2,382 yards passing en route to being named a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award as the top first-year player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Despite playing through injury in 2012, Sumner helped lead the Jackrabbits to an FCS playoff berth with 2,443 passing yards.
Sumner recorded his seventh career 300-yard passing game in the 2013 season opener against Butler (Ind.), ending the night 22-of-32 for 326 yards and three touchdowns.
ZENNER ON PAYTON WATCH LIST: South Dakota State University running back Zach Zenner is one of 20 players named to the initial 2013 Walter Payton Award Watch List for the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
A junior from Eagan, Minn., Zenner is one of 11 finalists from the 2012 season to appear on the official watch list, which was announced in July. A consensus All-America selection last season, Zenner placed seventh in the balloting after joining the watch list a month into the 2012 campaign.
Zenner led the nation in rushing during the 2012 season, racking up 2,044 yards in 13 games for an average of 157.2 yards per contest. He crossed the 100-yard mark in nine games and topped 200 yards three times, including a school-record 295 yards in the opening round of the FCS playoffs Nov. 24 versus Eastern Illinois.
For the season, Zenner averaged 6.8 yards per carry and scored 13 touchdowns on the ground, while adding 28 receptions for 197 yards.
Zenner again leads the nation in rushing with an average of 180 yards per game heading into this weekend. He has topped the 100-yard mark in all three games this season, including tying his own school record with 295 yards — on a career-high 37 carries — Sept. 7 at North Dakota. Zenner was selected as National Offensive Player of the Week by the Sports Network and earned both National Performer of the Week and National Running Back of the Week accolades from College Football Performance Awards. He also was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
For his career, Zenner has crossed the 100-yard barrier 12 times and topped the 200-yard mark four times. He enters the weekend fifth in career rushing at South Dakota State with 3,054 yards.
Zenner, who scored on a 75-yard run last week against Southeastern Louisiana, has had a penchant for long runs. His 13 rushing touchdowns in 2012 covered an average of 42.8 yards, including a school-record 99-yarder at Kansas in the season opener. So far in 2013, Zenner has scoring runs of 36, 46 and 75 yards among his eight touchdowns.
The Walter Payton Award will be presented by The Sports Network on Dec. 16.
LALLY LEADS LINEBACKERS: For the second year in a row, the South Dakota State University football team had a player under consideration for the Jerry Rice Award, which is presented to the top freshman player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Linebacker T.J. Lally was named one of 20 finalists for the 2012 Jerry Rice Award following a stellar season in which he ranked second on the team with 107 tackles, shared the team lead with six sacks and ranked fourth with eight tackles for loss. Lally started all 13 games at middle linebacker and registered double figures for tackles in five games, including a career-high 11 in a playoff loss at North Dakota State
A member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team in 2012, Lally was one of three league players to be named a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award. Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen and Western Illinois linebacker J.J. Raffelson also were considered for the award.
Lally was credited with a season-high 10 tackles in last week’s win over Southeastern Louisiana, recording double figures in stops for the sixth time in his career. The previous week, in a road win at North Dakota, Lally was credited with five tackles. He also tipped a pass that resulted in a game-ending interception late in the fourth quarter.
SYROVATKA SETS RECORD: South Dakota State kicker Justin Syrovatka will look to add to his Jackrabbit record for consecutive made field goal attempts.
A junior from Sioux Falls, Syrovatka set a new Jackrabbit standard with 14 consecutive made field goals after connecting from 35 and 36 yards in the Aug. 31 season opener against Butler (Ind.). He made his last 12 field goal attempts of the 2012 season and first two attempts of the 2013 campaign.
Starting with a victory over Western Illinois on Oct. 11, 2012, Syrovatka has gone
7-for-7 from 20-29 yards, 3-for-3 on field goals of 30-39 yards and 4-for-4 from 40-plus yards, including a career-long 48-yarder in the Nov. 17, 2012, regular season finale against South Dakota.
Syrovatka’s last miss came on a 32-yard attempt Sept. 29, 2012, versus Missouri State. He ended the season 18-of-22 (81.8 percent) on field goals and is 26-for-34 (76.5 percent) for his career. He also is 67-of-68 on career PATs and is working on a streak of 26 consecutive made.
The previous Jackrabbit record for consecutive made field goal attempts was 13, which was set by Parker Douglass between the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
SCHNEIDER STEPS UP: After graduating its top two wide receivers from a year ago, South Dakota State had some question marks as to who would be the go-to players in the passing game. Junior Jason Schneider emerged as an early candidate in the Aug. 31 season opener against Butler (Ind.), recording career highs with 10 receptions and 167 receiving yards, along with two touchdowns.
A native of Andover, Minn., Schneider’s yardage total was the most since Dale Moss racked up 178 yards in a 2011 game at Missouri State. The last Jackrabbit receiver to notch double figures for receptions in a game was Tyrel Kool with 10 in a 2010 contest at Northern Iowa.
Schneider again led Jackrabbit receivers in both the Sept. 7 and 14 games at North Dakota and versus Southeastern Louisiana with four catches in each respective contest. For the season, Schneider has tallied 18 receptions for 292 yards and three touchdowns.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Three true freshman made their collegiate debuts for the Jackrabbits in the Aug. 31 season opener against Butler. Linebacker Jesse Bobbit made three tackles, while defensive lineman Cole Langer was credited with one tackle. Long snapper Thayer Trenhaile also saw action versus Butler.
THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: The Jackrabbit football team has received valuable contributions from brothers Winston and Dom Wright over the past two seasons.
Natives of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Blue Springs South High School, both joined the SDSU football program in the fall of 2010. A senior, Winston Wright has started all 27 games at cornerback since the start of the 2011 campaign, earning second-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors in 2011. He led the team with three interceptions to go along with 57 tackles in 2011, followed by a 59-tackle, one-interception season in 2012. He began his colllegiate career at Missouri, redshirting during the 2009 season.
Dom Wright is a junior wide receiver who has seen most of his action as a kick returner. Last season, he averaged 20.6 yards on 10 kickoff returns and added a 39-yard punt return in limited action.
GOOD WORKS TEAM: South Dakota State University cornerback Winston Wright is one of 22 college football players from across the country named to the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
A senior from Lee’s Summit, Mo., Wright has organized or participated in numerous service activities, including leading two groups of SDSU students to Harmons, Jamaica, and assisting in the building of six homes.
Wright also has participated in shoe donations and sports camps on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Samaritan’s Feet, along with mentoring children and speaking at local schools and churches about making positive decisions.
Wright, who is a three-year starter and two-year captain for the Jackrabbits, is the first SDSU player to be named to the Good Works Team. A record 150 football student-athletes were nominated for this year’s squad.
The 22-player team is made up of 11 players from the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, with the other 11 players from Football Championship Subdivision, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA institutions.
Fans will have the opportunity to vote for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain through ESPN.com. All award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to take part in a community project leading up to the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl.
COACH STIG: John Stiegelmeier has built the South Dakota State University football team into a consistent winner in the ranks of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.
Overall, Coach Stig has led the Jackrabbits to a 105-76 record (.580 winning percentage). SDSU has posted seven winning seasons in the school’s nine full seasons at the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) level, compiling a 61-43 record since moving to the FCS ranks in 2004. Overall, the Jackrabbits have had a winning record in 12 of Stiegelmeier’s 16 full years as head coach, and have a 27-13 record in Missouri Valley Football Conference games. SDSU has reached the FCS playoffs twice (2009, 2012) under Stiegelmeier’s guidance.
Stiegelmeier, 56, is the 20th head coach for the Jackrabbits. His tenure of 16 years as head coach is the second-longest head coaching stint in school history.
The Selby, S.D., native first became acquainted with the Jackrabbit football program as a student assistant under John Gregory during SDSU’s only other NCAA playoff season in 1979. With the Jackrabbits’ victory at McNeese State (La.) on Sept. 30, 2006, Coach Stig passed Gregory (55-50-3 from 1972-81) for sole possession of second place on the SDSU career wins list.
Stiegelmeier returned to his alma mater in July 1988, joining Wayne Haensel’s Jackrabbit coaching staff as secondary coach and recruiting coordinator. After Haensel stepped down following the 1990 season, Stiegelmeier was elevated to defensive coordinator by new head coach Mike Daly.
In six seasons as defensive coordinator, Stiegelmeier helped guide the Jackrabbits to a 41-23 record. SDSU turned in a winning record in all six seasons, including five seven-win seasons. That track record of success helped Stiegelmeier secure his first collegiate head coaching position in December 1996, when he was named Daly's successor.
WORKING OVERTIME: SDSU’s 43-36 double-overtime victory at Missouri State
during the 2011 season ended a four-game losing streak in overtime games.
Overall, SDSU is 2-4 in overtime games, with both home contests played on Hobo Day. The Jackrabbits won their inaugural overtime game, 30-27 in two overtimes against Nebraska-Omaha in the 1998 Hobo Day game, then dropped a 46-44, triple-overtime decision to McNeese State (La.) in the 2008 Hobo Day game.
Following is a complete list of SDSU’s overtime games:
1998: SDSU 30, Nebraska-Omaha 27 (2 OT — at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium)
2002: Augustana 39, SDSU 33 (3 OT — at Sioux Falls)
2004: Southern Utah 23, SDSU 17 (2 OT — at Cedar City, Utah)
2007: Western Illinois 29, SDSU 26 (4 OT — at Macomb, Ill.)
2008: McNeese State 46, SDSU 44 (3 OT — at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium)
2011: SDSU 43, Missouri State 36 (2 OT — at Springfield, Mo.)
JACKRABBIT INSIDER: Throughout the 2013 football season, head coach John Stiegelmeier will be a guest on the “Jackrabbit Insider,” a weekly behind-the-scenes look at South Dakota State University Athletics.
The half-hour television show which features interviews with Jackrabbit coaches and student-athletes, airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on Sioux Falls-based MyUTV. The show is also broadcast on KELO-TV at 11 p.m. Central Sunday and at 10 p.m. Mountain Time Sunday on KDLO-TV. Online, the show can be viewed at GoJacks.com.
STIG SHOW: The John Stiegelmeier Radio Show airs each Monday throughout the 2013 football season.
The show is scheduled to air at 5 p.m. on the Jackrabbit Sports Network, originating with flagship station WNAX 570 AM in Yankton. In addition, the weekly show also will be streamed online at GoJacks.com as part of the Jackrabbit Extra subscription service.
Hosted by Tyler Merriam, the John Stiegelmeier Radio Show will also feature interviews with Jackrabbit student-athletes and assistant coaches. Jackrabbit fans are encouraged to attend the show in person at Cubby’s Sports Bar and Grill, 307 Main Ave., in downtown Brookings.
ACADEMIC AWARD: The South Dakota State football team was presented with the Missouri Valley Football Conference Team Academic Award during the Sept. 14 game against Southeastern Louisiana. The Jackrabbits, who compiled a 3.02 team grade-point average during the 2012-13 academic year, have received the MVFC Team Academic Award each of the five seasons they have competed in the conference.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Jackrabbits open Missouri Valley Football Conference action at home on Sept. 28, hosting two-time defending league and national champion North Dakota State in the annual Battle for the Dakota Marker.
Kickoff is slated for 2:05 p.m. at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.