The 15th-ranked South Dakota State football team ended a three-game losing streak this past weekend with an impressive 38-14 win over Western Illinois on the road. Defense played a big role in sparking the Jacks to victory with familiar faces on offense providing the punch.
Takeaways are key on any Saturday and SDSU had four against Western Illinois this past weekend. Interceptions helped shutdown the Leathernecks offense.
Wide receiver Jason Schneider caught seven passes for 118 yards and a score and with 22 more receptions than any other receiver on the team this season, he's become Austin Sumner's top target.
"Kind of a quiet guy but has been really doing a great job for us. Makes the tough catch. He's our go to guy right now," Stiegelmeier said.
Other than Zach Zenner... the running back recorded his sixth 100-yard game of the season and upped his rushing touchdown total to 14.
"He did, he had one of his tailored runs, beat a couple guys. He's just a good football player. He motivates the O-line, the tight ends to block for him. Bottom line is when he's got a chance, he gets yards," Stiegelmeier said.
They'll need more of that as State heads to Springfield this week to take on 1-6 Missouri State. The Bears have dropped two in a row including a three-point loss to USD on Oct. 5.
"They're a good football team. They really play good defense. As I watch film, there are no advantages. They're very athletic, they play physical. They play confident. We're going to have to bring the whole package, offense, defense, special teams to have a chance," Stiegelmeier said.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. this Saturday in Springfield, MO.