VERMILLION, S.D. (KELO) — The 116th all-time meeting between USD and SDSU went the way of the Jackrabbits thanks to a 37-3 win on Saturday.
SDSU is now 8-0 on the year, having won their 22nd straight game. The Coyotes are now 6-2.
The Jacks held the Coyotes to just 183 total yards and three points, including only 50 yards on the ground.
USD scored the first points of the game. A strong opening drive drove them into long field goal range. Will Leyland converted on a 50-yard field goal.
“Credit to them for a tough game and a tough environment to play in,” SDSU head coach Jimmy Rogers said. “But I’m excited about our football team right now.”
SDSU was held scoreless through a quarter, but that changed with a 14 play, 93 yard drive that ended in a seven yard rushing score from Jadon Janke.
Amar Johnson would add seven more with a 20 yard touchdown late in the half, but it still left time for the Jacks to get a stop and the ball back.
Aidan Bouman was intercepted by Tucker Large, leading to a 49 yard field goal by Hunter Dustman to end the half.
SDSU led 17-3.
The Jacks opened the second half with two field goal drives, opening a 23-3 lead.
A pair of fourth quarter rushing touchdowns, one by Amar Johnson and one Angel Johnson, would help SDSU seal the 37-3 win.
“They outplayed us in all three phases of the game,” USD head coach Bob Neilson said. “When that happens, you’re going to get beat. I thought our kids competed. I never doubt that.”
The Jackrabbits return home next weekend when they host NDSU in the annual Dakota Marker game.
USD will head back on the road, as they play at Southern Illinois.