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    USD FB: South Dakota 77, Drake 7

    DES MOINES, Iowa—South Dakota quarterback Chris Streveler accounted for six touchdowns and the Coyote defense forced four turnovers during a 77-7 drubbing of Drake Saturday at Drake Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

    It was the most points scored by South Dakota since they blanked Minnesota-Crookston 77-0 in the 2005 season opener. It is the most points Drake has surrendered in any game.

    Streveler’s day was done at halftime when the scoreboard read 56-7. By then, he had completed 17 of 24 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns. He was also the game’s leading rusher in the first half, carrying 11 times for 53 yards and a score. It was the second time in 11 games at USD that Streveler has accounted for six touchdowns in one game.

    On the other side of the ball stood a defense that allowed negative-one yards rushing and 147 yards in all. Redshirt freshman Mark Collins Jr. intercepted a pass on his second collegiate play from scrimmage to set up a 13-yard touchdown drive. Phillip Powell, another redshirt freshman, intercepted two passes including one he returned nine yards for a touchdown that put USD ahead 49-7 less than three minutes before halftime.

    Defensive end Darin Greenfield had three of South Dakota’s five sacks. Redshirt freshman Jacob Headlee and true freshman Joe Kordus also had sacks. Drake lost 30 yards on those five sacks, meaning the Bulldogs’ 29 designed runs from scrimmage netted 29 yards.

    South Dakota’s Kai Henry, another true freshman, was the game’s top rusher with 75 yards on 12 carries including 2-yard touchdown run in the middle of the third quarter that made it 63-7. Austin Simmons, who quarterbacked most of the second half, ran six times for 60 yards including a 43-yard scamper that served as USD’s longest play from scrimmage. The Coyotes compiled 321 yards on the ground and 602 yards in all, most since 2008.

    Five different Coyote receivers caught touchdowns including Alonge Brooks, who caught two of them. His first was secured between his legs in the end zone for a 25-yard score that made it 42-7 in the second quarter. He added an 11-yard touchdown from Simmons early in the fourth quarter that made it 70-7. Brooks caught four passes for a game-high 50 yards.

    Kody Case, yet another true freshman, caught a 23-yard touchdown on the second play of his collegiate career. The catch made it 28-0 with 13 seconds left in the first quarter. Case caught three passes for 40 yards.

    Redshirt freshman Brady Schutt pinned all four of his punts inside the 20 and averaged 38.5 yards. Ryan Weese handled the kicking duties and was perfect on all 11 extra points.

    South Dakota returns to action next Saturday against Bowling Green, an FBS program that lost 35-10 at Michigan State Saturday. Kickoff from Bowling Green, Ohio, is slated for 5 p.m. (CT).

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