BROOKINGS, S.D.—The Indiana State football team (1-9, 0-6 MVFC) fell 29-0 on the road Saturday, to the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State (6-4, 3-3 MVFC) on a cold and windy afternoon in Brookings, S.D. in front of 5,317 fans at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.
The Sycamores found themselves behind early as South Dakota State got on the scoreboard first with a 32 yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the first quarter.
On the ensuing Indiana State series, their first of the game, quarterback Mike Perish was hit on a rush attempt and was injured on the play. Robert Tonyan Jr. then assumed the quarterback responsibilities for the remainder of the game.
South Dakota State then extended their lead to 9-0 after a 22 yard touchdown run. The Jackrabbits missed the PAT, kicking into a swirling wind.
At the start of the second quarter, the Sycamore offense began to gain some momentum as they put together a 13 play, 43 yard drive to the SDSU seven yard line. Eric Heidorn's 24 yard field goal attempt was blocked, however, keeping the SDSU lead at 9-0.
The Jackrabbits tacked on 27 and 35 yard field goals to take a 15-0 lead over the Sycamores into the locker room.
The Sycamores couldn't captialize, however, and on the next South Dakota State possession, the Jackrabbits went 57 yards for a touchdown to take a 22-0 lead over Indiana State with 6:44 to go in the third quarter.
South Dakota State extended their lead even further in the fourth quarter with a one yard touchdown run to make it a 29-0 game.
The remainder of the game, the Sycamores could not keep a drive going and eventually fell to the Jackrabbits by a final score of 29-0.
The Sycamores will now return home on Saturday when they will host Western Illiniois with a 2 p.m. kickoff inside Memorial Stadium.