Courtesy: Tony Campbell/ISU Photographic Services
Sycamores Fall 29-0 On The Road To South Dakota State Saturday
Courtesy:ISU Athletics

Blaine Kinsey


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.


In the third quarter, the Sycamore defense forced the first turnover of the game, by either team, when Travis Starks forced a fumble and Joshua Appel recovered for Indiana State.


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.


Junior tailback Buck Logan led the Sycamores with 20 rushes for 68 yards. Senior Tanner Riley led the ISU receiving core with three receptions for 24 yards.


The Sycamores will now return home on Saturday when they will host Western Illiniois with a 2 p.m. kickoff inside Memorial Stadium.

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