Some news and notes from South Dakota State’s 43-36 win over Missouri State in double overtime Saturday:
Receiver Dale Moss and quarterback Austin Sumner had historic outings against the Bears. Moss had the most receiving yards by an SDSU player since Josh Davis – the Jacks receivers coach – went for 187 in 2003. And Sumner’s passing total was the highest at SDSU since Dan Fjeldheim went for 460 in 2002.
SDSU has won all four meetings in the series with MSU, with both games at Plaster Field being decided by seven points.
Former Jacks quarterback Reed Burckhardt was at the game in a work capacity. He’s a BLESTO scout for the Minnesota Vikings. BLESTO is one of the two major scouting services in the NFL. Basically, the seven teams that are a part of the group each contribute one scout – usually the youngest on staff – to help compile findings.
Burckhardt covers a 10-state area and once put on 13,000 miles in two months. He said that he rarely sees games, spending far more time at practices.
Who wants to play Monday morning quarterback? Come on, I know you do.
Why did SDSU run out the final 1:13 of regulation (with a timeout in hand) instead of trying to put together a scoring drive?
“We had to go against the wind,” coach John Stiegelmeier said. “You get sacked, you throw an interception and they’re back into kicking a field goal. … Our skill guys are yelling, ‘Throw the ball deep, throw the ball deep,’ but they don’t get paid to make those decisions.”
And why did SDSU go for two when down 14-9 in the first quarter?
“That’s what the card said,” he explained. “We don’t look back. The card said go for two. If you get it, it’s a field goal to tie it. There’s no doubt about it. That’s what I’m talking about – those decisions. Every play matters in a football game. … I think we made a lot of right decisions in those situations, honestly.”
SDSU hadn’t scored as many points as it did Saturday since that infamous playoff loss to Montana in the 2009 playoffs. The Jacks have now outgained their opponents five weeks in a row, while Sumner has surpassed 300 yards passing in four of those games. SDSU gained 7.4 yards per play against MSU.
Also in that, Moss and Aaron Rollin have gone over 100 yards receiving in the same game twice this season. They’ve combined for 100 catches.
“You have to have respect for both of them,” Bears coach Terry Allen said.
SDSU has given up 28 sacks this season compared to six last year. And that’s with only one real change on the offensive line – the graduation of Ryan McKnight.
The Jacks are now 6 of 9 on field goals this year with another miss Saturday. Less than ideal, certainly. But their opponents are 3 for 8, including a costly miss late in regulation by MSU.
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