Oct. 27 – Brookings – After winning back-to-back rivalry in North Dakota, the South Dakota State football team is back in Brookings, where Jackrappet will take first place in front of their home fans for the first time in program history against Indiana State during the annual Hobo Day Homecoming Game. Here’s what you need to know before the competition:
When: 2 p.m. on Saturday
Where: Dickhouse Stadium, Brookings.
Records: SDSU 7-1 overall, 5-0 Missouri Valley; ISU 1-6, 0-4 Missouri Valley.
Coaches: SDSU: John Stiegelmeier, 26th season, 192-112; ISU: Kurt Mallory, Season 6, 18-34.
Last meeting: The Jackrabbits and Sycamores opened the MVFC roster against each other last season on September 25, 2021. SDSU closed down ISU, claiming a 44-0 win at Terre Haute.
Series history: SDSU and ISU have played 11 times since the Jackrabbits joined MVFC in 2008. Seven consecutive meetings have gone to the Jacks, giving them a 9-2 advantage in the series. The last time Sycamore visited the Brookings Institution, the Jackrabbits escaped a surprise attempt with a 54-51 win in overtime on October 6, 2018.
LAST WEEK: For the second week in a row, SDSU slipped early but bounced back in the second half, claiming a 49-35 win over North Dakota, at Grand Forks. ISU fell into the home of Illinois, 27-21.
*For the second week in a row, SDSU received 51 votes out of 54 to take first place in the Stats Perform FCS survey to maintain its number one position.
*TV coverage will be available through Midco Sports or ESPN+.
*In last year’s game, SDSU gained 224 yards off the ground for an average of 6.6 yards per carry. Amar Johnson (who will likely start on Saturday if Isaiah Davis is suspended for the second game in a row due to injury) made a solo Jackrabbit rush against Sycamores in that competition and has 160 yards and two touchdowns in just 26 attempts over the past two weeks.
*Tucker Kraft, Jackson Yankee and Jadon Yankee signed off against ISU last season and are out for a week with Kraft and Jaxon scoring against UND, while Jadon led the team in the pickup with five receptions for 86 yards.
*Although SDSU’s last victory came against Indiana State on the road last season, the last time the Jackrabbits faced a goalless opponent at Brookings came back on November 9, 2013, also against ISU. Jacks has scored at least 42 points in each of the past three meetings and has not failed to score at least 24 in any of the 11 games of all time.
* Saturday will be the 108th installment of Hobo Day’s Homecoming since its inception in 1912. SDSU’s all-time Hobo Day record is 62-40-5, although that mark is 5-5 over the past 10 editions with more Three recent losses releases coming to Northern Iowa (2015, 2017, and 2021).
*What the ISU record doesn’t show is how competitive the Sycamores had against MVFC foes. ISU is 0-4 in the conference, but all four games are assigned a score of six or less. This includes the October 8 meeting with the then – no. 1 North Dakota in which ISU led for nearly 38 minutes in a 31-26 defeat and 20-point comeback failed last week against the Illinois State pollster team. The other two losses are Northern Iowa (20-14) and Youngstown (48-42).
*Receiver Dante Hendrix and return back Justin Dinka have been a bright spot in the Sycamore attack this season. Hendrix MVFC leads for 91.5 yards per game and has a season total of 32 receptions for 549 yards and three touchdowns. Of those, seven catches, 109 yards and two dozen runs came against NDSU. Meanwhile, Dinka’s 637 yards (averaging 6.8 yards per carry) ranked third in the conference. He has a pair of 150-plus-yard efforts this season and has the longest run of any MVFC again this season with an 82-yard touchdown, also against NDSU.
* In terms of defense, Sycamores shed 35 points and nearly 420 yards of attack per game, but they have two of the top seven forwards in the conference being linebacker Jeffrey Brown (63) and defensive linebacker Raylan Cole (59). ISU’s defense excels in countering the pass, giving up 237.1 yards in the air per game, ranking sixth in the conference. Defensive linebackers Jonathan Edwards and Madix Blackwell have seven and six defending assists, respectively, this season, and both are ranked fifth on the MVFC’s top five assists list.
Next week: On its final road trip for the regular season, SDSU travels to take in northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, while ISU returns home to Terre Haute to host North Dakota. Both games are on November 5th.
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