A few final thoughts and notes on No. 6 South Dakota State’s 35-28 escape at the University of North Dakota:
The Jackrabbits scored as many points in this one visit to Grand Forks as they did in the previous six trips combined. They lost all of those games.
All-time, SDSU is 16-28-3 on the road against UND.
It was a tale of two halves for the SDSU passing game, as quarterback Austin Sumner went 2 of 9 for 28 yards in the second half compared to 8 of 12 for 129 yards in the first half. Meanwhile, only four Jacks caught passes in the game compared to eight last week.
The junior Sumner has five TD passes to zero interceptions so far this season, and SDSU has yet to commit a giveaway.
The Jacks are shaping up to be unusually balanced in terms of individual tackles as nobody has made more than seven stops in a game so far. The leader this week was CB Je Ryan Butler with six.
North Dakota has one South Dakotan on its roster: Offensive lineman Darren Deneui, a former Parker High School standout. The 6-foot-8, 301-pound senior – who also played some summer hoops with the Sioux Falls-based Dakota Schoolers back in the day – is a starter and in line to earn his fourth letter.
Last week week, he told the Grand Forks Herald that SDSU recruited him and a couple of Jacks coaches tried to talk him out of joining North Dakota after he made a verbal commitment. Jacks coach John Stiegelmeier remembered things differently.
“We evaluated him and I think he was in our (summer) camp,” he said. “We made the decision that we weren’t going to offer him. I’m happy he’s having success.”
Jason Schneider’s high school coach from Andover, Minn., Rich Wilkie was at the game – just not solely to see Schneider, currently the top receiver in the Valley in terms of yards. Wilkie played for UND and his son, Connor, is being recruited as a college quarterback.
Lost in the shuffle due to the wild ending, SDSU committed only four penalties - down six from the week before and six fewer than UND. Also, the Jacks finished with a more than 11-minute edge in time of possession. They held the ball for 10:29 in the third.
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