Some final thoughts from South Dakota State’s third consecutive loss, a 27-24 decision against Southern Illinois:
The Jacks haven’t thrown a touchdown pass in 14 consecutive quarters. The last one game just before halftime in Week 2 at North Dakota.
During the drought, SDSU has allowed one pick six and scored on two more.
Although his average wasn’t great, Jacks running back Zach Zenner had more success against the Salukis than he had previously in running for 112 yards and two scores plus three catches for 38 yards.
He was limited to 59 yards rushing as a freshman and 49 as a sophomore.
A 34-yard kick return by CB Jimmie Forsythe represented a season-long for SDSU in a total of 18 tries. The team average is 19.1 yards.
Its season-best for a punt return is 16 yards.
The last time SDSU lost three in a row? A four-game slide in Weeks 2-5 of 2011. That same season was the last time the Jacks lost two in a row at home. That skid reached three games.
This was the Jacks first loss against an FCS team other than North Dakota State or Northern Iowa since Week 5 of 2011, a home defeat against Indiana State.
SDSU did not have the services of senior defensive tackle Chase Douglas - the team co-leader in sacks at 3.5 - due to an injury he sustained last week against North Dakota State. That gave Auston LaBlance - formerly a defensive end - his first career start. He finished with four tackles. That’s one more than totaled by starter senior Bryan Burke and subs redshirt freshman Jordan Brichacek and true freshman Cole Langer.
Stiegelmeier is not sure of Douglas’s status for next week.
"The guy that’s in there is the first-string guy," he said. "That’s the philosophy we’ve had for 17 years. Chase Douglas not being there is a loss more for him than our football program."
SDSU president David Chicoine said that the $12.5-million donation from T. Denny Sanford and Dana Dykhouse for the creation of a new stadium doesn’t change the timeline or the approval process. But Dykhouse sure doesn’t think it should slow things down.
"I want to look the person in the eyes that says no about this next step - because I want to talk to him," the banker and former Jacks defensive lineman said. "I think there’s a real opportunity here. Our student-athletes deserve it, our state deserves it and it’s time we move forward with it."
Stiegelmeier said that the third-quarter field goal that was blocked from 38 yards out came off too low from the foot of kicker Justin Syrovatka. The junior went 1 of 2 on the day and is 2 of 4 since making a school record 15 in a row with both misses from less than 40 yards.
Meanwhile, opponents are 5 of 5 on field goals against SDSU this season.
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