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September 10, 2017 08:32 PM

CFB: Vinatieri Honored For Special Teams Efforts

St. Louis, MO

South Dakota State University kicker Chase Vinatieri was honored Sunday as Missouri Valley Football Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in the Jackrabbits' 31-27 road win at Montana State on Sept. 9.

A sophomore from Sioux Falls, Vinatieri booted a career-long 47-yard field goal and scored what proved to be the decisive touchdown on a fake field goal to lift the fourth-ranked Jackrabbits to the victory.  Vinatieri's field goal gave SDSU an early 10-0 lead, and he lined up for what would be another career long of 48 yards late in the game. Instead, Vinatieri took a pitch from holder Brady Hale and rolled around right end for a 31-yard touchdown run with 4:26 left.  He also made all four of his extra-point tries for a total of 13 points and recorded touchbacks on five of his six kickoffs to limit the Montana State return game.

The fourth-ranked Jackrabbits host Drake in the 51st Annual Beef Bowl on Sept. 16. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.

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