South Dakota State Football Preliminaries: Jackrabbits host Butler to close roster of events - Mitchell Republic

South Dakota State Football Preliminaries: Jackrabbits host Butler to close roster of events – Mitchell Republic

Brookings, SD – After notching their first win of the season last weekend, the South Dakota State football team is wrapping up a non-conference game at home against Butler University (of Indianapolis) on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know before the competition:

When: 6 pm on Saturday

where: Dickhouse Stadium, Brookings.

records: SDSU 1-1 overall, 0-0 Missouri Valley; Butler 2-0, 0-0 Major League.

coaches: SDSU: John Stiegelmeier, 26th season, 186-112; Butler: Mike Ormovich, Season 8 (1st with Butler), 35-45 (2-0 at Butler).

last meeting: SDSU and Butler opened the 2013 season against each other, with the Jackrabbits winning 55-14 at home.

Series date: The 2013 season opener was the only time the Jackrabbits and Bulldogs met, although both schools have recent history against other conference peers.

Including the first and only SDSU-Butler competition, Saturday will be the Jackrabbits’ fifth game against the current Pioneer League (Division 1 conference that does not offer athletic scholarships) in 10 seasons. SDSU’s past three encounters against Pioneer opponents have all been against Drake University (2016, 2017 and 2019), with all three Jackrabbits winning 145-48.

During the same time frame, Saturday will be Butler’s ninth meeting with his MVFC opponent. In the previous eight competitions, the Bulldogs have been 1-7 against five different schools, although the only win came against 24th seed Youngstown State, 23-21, in 2018. In the other seven games, MVFC teams defeated Butler by an average margin of nearly of 37 points.

last week: SDSU took its first win of the season in the opening game at home against University of California, Davis, 24-22. Butler defeated Taylor University, an NAIA opponent, 45-10.


  • SDSU ranked second on the Top 25 stats list by performing two votes from the top spot, with Montana only 21 votes behind in third. Butler did not receive votes in the Stats Performance Poll but did receive seven votes in the latest FCS Coaches Poll.
  • Television coverage will be available through Midco Sports or ESPN+.

About Jackrabbits:

  • Through two games, SDSU’s offense was overpowered by both opponents, committed three turnovers (all against UC Davis) and collected 370 total yards, a stark contrast to the 441.1 yards-per-game average published by the 2021 National Semifinalists. Based on Each game, the 2022 team averages 3.0 yards, while last season’s team averaged 6.9 yards.
  • The Jackrabbits defense only allowed a 53-yard dash per game to start the season, which included limiting Big Sky’s entire talent Ulonzo Gilliam, of UC Davis, to 33 yards last week.
  • Saturday marks game 55 of the Beef Bowl, with the Jackrabbits holding the record 33-21, despite winning four in a row and 13 of 15. The last time SDSU lost a Beef Bowl was in 2016, a 38-31 defeat to Cal Poly. In the past four Beef Bowl games, the Jackrabbits have not allowed more than 10 points in a single contest and have outpaced the opponents by 239-30, including a 90-6 win in 2018.

About Bulldog:

  • Both Butler’s wins came against NAIA competitors (St. Thomas (Florida) and Taylor (Indian)), and SDSU will be the Bulldogs’ only Division 1 opponent. The Bulldogs last played an MVFC opponent in the 2021 season opener, which Butler lost, 49-7, at Illinois State.
  • The Bulldogs averaged 437 yards attack through two games with a nearly perfect 50/50 balance (216.5 lunges, 220.5 passes). However, Butler made five spins, missing three rebounds and making two interceptions.
  • Quarterback Brett Puschka is the clear leader of Butler’s offense, with the red-robed youngster completing nearly 71% of his passes for 426 yards and five touchdowns to achieve the team’s highest in dash and yards attempts (25 holds for 140 yards and one touchdown) on the ground. Tyler Adams is Bushka’s target favorite, pulling 16 passes for 182 yards and two points, while three additional Bulldogs have double-digit lunging attempts alongside Bushka, led by AJ Deinhart with 20 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown.
  • In defense, the Bulldogs limited their opposition to the NAIA to 36 total points, but only forced two turns, both intercepting. Three players have at least 10 tackles, led by defensive back Will Mason, a real new player who has 9 individual stops on the team with one interception and two other break assists.

next week: SDSU begins the MVFC play with a road date at No. 5 Missouri on September 24, in Springfield. Butler is on his way to making his first major league game of the season against Davidson, also on September 24, in Davidson, North Carolina.

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