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Spencer Waege and Costner Ching and their North Dakota State University teammates ended a unique spring college football season with a. ABERDEEN, S.D. – Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert is teaming up to host a free football camp from 10 a.m. – noon on July 9 at Northern State. Name of school: South Dakota State University. City/Zip: Brookings, SD 57007. Founded: February 21, 1881. Enrollment: 8,635 (fall, 1998).

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SDSU's Logan Backhaus makes a tackle Saturday at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.

League champion North Dakota State led the way with seven first team selections to the Missouri Valley Football All-Conference team, announced Monday by the league after a vote of league coaches and media.

Missouri State quarterback Jason Shelley was named offensive player of the year and newcomer of the year, Northern Iowa defensive tackle Jared Brinkman was named defensive player of the year (repeating the honor from the spring season), Youngstown State quarterback Demetriac Crenshaw earned freshman of the year and NDSU’s Matt Entz was named coach of the year.

More: Zim's Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Pro team

South Dakota State placed four on the all-conference first team, eight on the second team and saw three earn honorable mention, while South Dakota had two first team selections, three second team picks and five honorable mentions.

Here’s the complete team:

First team

QB – Jason Shelley, MSU

RB – Pierre Strong, SDSU

RB – Jaleel McLaughlin, YSU

FB – Hunter Luepke, NDSU

WR – Dennis Houston, WIU

WR – Tyrone Scott, MSU

WR – Christian Watson, NDSU

Tight end Tucker Kraft is South Dakota State's leading receiver this season

TE – Tucker Kraft, SDSU

OL – Zeveyon Furcron, SIU

OL – Cody Mauch, NDSU

OL – Trevor Penning, UNI

OL – Cordell Volson, NDSU

OL – Matt Waletzko, UND

DL – Jared Brinkman, UNI

DL – Kevin Ellis, MSU

DL – Inoke Moala, ISU

DL – Brayden Thomas, NDSU

LB – Adam Bock, SDSU

LB – Logan Backhaus, SDSU

USD linebacker Jack Cochrane during spring football camp Monday, April, 8, on the outdoor practice field at the university in Vermillion.

LB – Jack Cochrane, USD

LB – Spencer Cuvelier, UNI

DB – Montrae Braswell, MSU

DB – Benny Sapp, UNI

DB – Qua Brown, SIU

DB – Darius Joinder, WIU

DB – Michael Tutsie, NDSU

P – Grant Burkett, MSU

K – Matthew Cook, UNI

RS – Montrae Braswell, MSU

LS – Dalton Godfrey, USD

AP – Christian Watson, NDSU

South Dakota State's Adam Bock tackles North Dakota State's Christian Watson during the Dakota Marker rivalry game on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at the Fargodome in Fargo.

Second team

QB – Connor Sampson, WIU

RB – Otis Weah, UND

RB – Javon Williams, SIU

FB – Tim McCloyn, ILSU

WR – Jaxon Janke, SDSU

WR – Landon Lenoir, SIU

WR – Isaiah Weston, UNI

DyShawn Gales of SDSU and Isaiah Weston of the University of Northern Iowa run after a long pass during a playoff game on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Dana J. Dykehouse Stadium in Brookings.

TE – Josh Babicz, NDSU

OL – Landon Beebe, MSU

OL – Wes Genant, SDSU

OL – Alex Jensen, USD

OL – Aron Johnson, SDSU

OL – Mason McCormick, SDSU

Wes Genant (77) has worked well this season with offensive line coach Jason Eck (in visor), guard Mason McCormick (60) and tackle Aron Johnson (71)

DL – Eric Johnson, MSU

DL – Anthony Knighton, SIU

DL – Caleb Sanders, SDSU

DL – Reece Winkelman, SDSU

LB – Jasir Cox, NDSU

LB – Jackson Hankey, NDSU

LB – Brynce Notree, SIU

LB – Tylar Wiltz, MSU

DB – Don Gardner, SDSU

DB – Evan Holm, UND

DB – Clayton Isbell, ILSU

South Dakota's Elijah Reed barely misses intercepting a long pass during the FCS playoff game against Southern Illinois on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.

DB – Elijah Reed, USD

DB – Michael Lawson, WIU

P – Brady Schutt, USD

K – Jose Pizano, MSU

LS – Bradey Sorenson, SDSU

RS – Jayden Price, NDSU

AP – Isaiah Weston, UNI

Honorable mention

ILS – Zeke Vandenburgh, Trey Goerge, JT Bohliken, Cole Mueller; ISU – JJ Henderson, Waytt Harwood, Dante Hendrix; MSU – Kyriq McDonald, Titus Wall, Xavier Lane; UND – Jordan Canady, Devon Krzanowski, Jaxson Turner; NDSU – Eli Mostaert, Lane Tucker, Noah Gindorff; UNI – Omar Brown, Bradrick Shaw, Deion McShane; USD – Carter Bell, Jacob Matthew, Travis Theis, Wesley Eliodor, Brett Samson; SDSU – Cole Frahm, Chris Oladokun, Zach Heins; SIU – PJ Jules, Nic Baker, Avante Cox; WIU – Hunter Mason, Greg Benton, Tony Tate; YSU – Grant Dixon, Jaison Williams, Colt McFadden

This article originally appeared on Sioux Falls Argus Leader: South Dakota State lands 15, South Dakota 10 on MVFC All-Conference team








Jon Anderson is in his fourth season as head football coach at the University of Sioux Falls.

He was formally introduced as USF’s 21st head coach on Tuesday, Dec. 6. During his first three seasons, Anderson has directed USF to a 24-11 record with a 24-9 mark in the NSIC.

In May of 2020, Anderson was appointed to the NCAA DII Football Committee. Anderson, who was appointed by the NCAA in early May, will serve on the committee from Sept. 1, 2020 through August 31, 2024.  He becomes one of eight members on the national committee, which consists of two members from each of the four Super Regions. Anderson is one of four football coaches nationally on the committee. As a member, he will help sustain and advance the NCAA’s mission, traditions, values and reputation. Anderson will regularly participate in committee meetings and conference calls. Anderson will also serve on the football regional advisory committee for Super Region IV, assist in regional rankings and will also be responsible in assisting with the selection of teams to make the Division II football playoffs as a member of the national committee.   

In his first season in 2017, he led USF to a 9-3 record and a fourth consecutive postseason appearance. The Cougars finished third overall in the NSIC with a 9-2 mark and tied for second in the NSIC South with a 5-2 mark. In 2018 in Anderson's second season, USF finished 7-4. USF was again 5-2 in the NSIC South. In 2019. Anderson led USF back to the NCAA DII playoffs for the second time in three seasons at USF. The Cougars registered their 26th straight winning season which ranks fourth across all divisions of the NCAA after finishing 8-4. The Cougars were third in the NSIC overall at 8-3 and third in the NSIC South at 5-2.

Review - Year-by-Year

In the 8-4 season in 2019, the Cougars opened 2-2 and finished 6-2 with just a 42-39 loss to No.2 Minnesota State and a heartbreaking 24-21 playoff road loss to No. 8 Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. Despite playing without six starters, the Cougars led 21-7 before CSM rallied late for the win. USF finished 8-3 in the league for third overall and was 5-2 in the NSIC South for third place. As a result, USF received votes in the final American Football Coaches Association Top-25 poll. The Cougars finished just out of the Top-25 with 40 ballot points. Extending the rankings placed USF at No. 27 in the AFCA poll.

For the second time in three seasons, the 2019 Cougars had one of the nation's top defenses as they ranked fourth in DII with a 260.7 yards per game allowed. USF was fifth in the final DII rankings in passing efficiency defense at 94.15 and 14th in scoring defense at 17.3 ppg. With 19 interceptions, USF ranked 10th in DII. The Cougars also finished 16th against the rush (98.8 yards). USF's offense averaged 427.6 yards per game, which ranked third in the NSIC. The Cougars, which averaged 35.3 points per game (2nd in the NSIC), had a near 50-50 balance on offense with 213.8 rushing yards (2nd, NSIC) and 211.4 passing (9th, NSIC) per game.

The Cougars placed two players, Caden Walters and Nolan Kern, on the All-NSIC South Division first team and 12 overall. Walters became the fourth USF player to be a candidate (36 nationally) for the Harlon Hill Trophy as DII Player of the Year. Nick Zimmerman was named CoSIDA Academic American (second team). Also USF Football had 17 student-athletes named to the Academic All-NSIC Team with seven on the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence.

In 2018, USF opened the season ranked No. 18 in the and No. 20 in the AFCA Poll as the season opened. USF, which led the NSIC and ranked fifth in NCAA DII in rushing at 274.2 yards per game, had the league’s top offense at 466.0 yards per game. The offense was ranked 19th in DII at season’s end.

Despite losing three games by a combined eight points, USF had a 5-1 home record and finished 2-3 on the road as they lost tight tussles with Winona State, 16-15; Minnesota State, 31-21; and Bemidji State, 25-21. In a 51-13 "Key to the City" win over Augustana, Anderson moved to 2-0 and USF, 6-1, in the series with their in-city rivals.

For the first time in school history, USF had players named finalists for both the Harlon Hill Trophy (Gabriel Watson, 5th) and Gene Upshaw Award (Trey Pipkins, 3rd). Gabriel Watson finished with a school record 1,957 yards and a DII best 26 TDs. He led the NCAA in rushing yards per game at 177.8 and scoring at 14.2 ppg.

Trey Pipkins, who was one of 14 players named to the all-league team, was USF’s first-ever invitee to the NFL Combine and drafted as the 27th pick of the third round - 91st overall - by the Los Angeles Chargers. USF had offensive tackle Adam Sheffield invited to a rookie mini camp of the Indianapolis Colts. USF had four student-athletes named first team All-NSIC and seven selected second team. Eighteen student-athletes were named Academic All-NSIC. Watson was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Year and also selected Don Hansen and D2CCA region player of the year while earning five All-America honors. Pipkins was named to five (two preseason and three postseason) All-America teams. Defensive back Hakeem Johnson (Don Hansen) was an honorable mention All-American as was Sheffield ( Johnson, Sheffield, Pipkins, Watson were named all-region.

In his first game as head coach at USF, the Cougars, ranked No. 17, knocked off then- No. 10 Minnesota Duluth, 26-7, on the road. In week two, his first game as head coach of USF at Bob Young Field, No. 9 USF defeated Northern State, 37-7. The Cougars followed up with a 38-7 victory on the road at U-Mary and a 34-0 home win over  Minnesota Crookston in the Hall of Fame game. In week five, No. 5/7 USF defeated Southwest Minnesota State, 24-10 in another road game. The No. 6 Cougars dropped a 31-13 decision to No. 17 Winona State on Cougar Days. In week seven, the No. 18 Cougars defeated Wayne State, 31-7, on the road.  In week eight, USF moved to 5-0 on the road with a 27-9 victory over Concordia St. Paul. In his first game as head coach in the “Key to the City” matchup with Augustana, the No. 13 Cougars recorded a 21-14 decision at Bob Young Field. USF defeated Upper Iowa, 19-7, to extend its road NSIC winning streak to 17 games. In a battle for a share of the NSIC title, the Cougars dropped a 27-23 decision to league champ and No. 1 Minnesota State at Bob Young Field. USF advanced to play Midwestern State, No. 5 nationally, and dropped a heart-breaking 24-20 decision.

USF had 14 players named All-NSIC with linebacker Dennis Gardeck named first team and 10 others picked to the second team. A total of 25 student-athletes were selected Academic All-NSIC. Linebacker Dennis Gardeck was named to five All-American teams, finalist for Cliff Harris Award, Harlon Hill candidate, and was later signed to a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals and remains on the team in his second NFL season. Max Mickey was invited to the Minnesota Vikings rookie game. Jason Towns, Gardeck, and Nicholas Stanke were selected all-region. Austin Schaffer and Nicholas Stanke were named the program's first-ever first team CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. Gardeck was named NISC Newcomer of the Year.

Previous to coming to USF, Anderson was head coach at West Virginia State where he had a 10-34 record. He is now 34-45 in his coaching career.

While a coach with USF from 2002-2012, Anderson helped lead the Cougars to a 134-26 record, three NAIA championships (2006, 2008, 2009), as well as the program first, nine-win team at the NCAA DII level. Most recently Anderson served as the head coach at West Virginia State for four seasons (10-34 record). He also made sure to keep the program involved in the community through projects such as Breast Cancer Awareness, Flood Relief, Coach to Cure MD, the Relay for Life, WVSU Cares Day, and work at Dunbar Primary School.

Anderson spent 11 years with USF, including his final three seasons as defensive coordinator. Overall, the Cougars posted a 134-26 record including a 21-5 playoff record with Anderson as part of the coaching staff. At the DII level, he   was part of the staff and team that was 5-4 in the transition year from NAIA to NCAA DII in 2011 and the 9-2 team squad in 2012. The 2012 team earned USF’s first ever national ranking in its first year as member of the NSIC. In fact, the Cougars climbed as high as No. 17 in the AFCA poll and were ranked seven times in that national poll.
While Anderson coached at USF, the Cougars dominated its conference opponents, winning 92-of-95 conference games. In 2009, the school posted a perfect 15-0 record in claiming its second consecutive NAIA national championship.

In 2012, Anderson’s defensive unit was among the conference leaders in scoring defense, surrendering only 20.2 points a game. The Cougars’ defense was also among the league leaders in forcing turnovers taking the ball away from opponents 29 times, including 23 interceptions. The 2012 defensive unit built on the success of the 2011 team when the Cougars’ defense forced 21 turnovers and gave up just 21.6 points per game.

During Anderson’s three years as defensive coordinator, the Cougars posted a 27-7 record and limited opponents to an average of 16 points per game. Prior to being named the Cougars’ defensive coordinator, Anderson served eight years as the special team’s coordinator and linebackers coach. In that role, he coached five All-Americans and eight All-Conference players.

Anderson, a native of Maryville, Missouri, played college football for four years at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and coached the secondary at his alma mater during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

He moved to Madison, South Dakota, to join the Dakota State University staff as the linebackers and special teams coach for the 2001 season. He arrived at USF for the 2002 season and earned his master’s degree from South Dakota State University in 2003. He worked with legendary head coach Bob Young, and former head coaches Kalen DeBoer and Jed Stugart.

He and his wife, Amanda, have two sons, Trevor and Tyce.


How to watch South Dakota State vs. South Dakota football Saturday

With two weeks left in the regular season, at least six teams from the Missouri Valley Football Conference are still alive for a playoff berth and at least a share of the conference title.

That includes South Dakota and South Dakota State, who square off Saturday at the DakotaDome for a 1 p.m. kickoff in the latest chapter of the Showdown Series.

The Jackrabbits are 7-2 and ranked 7th in the nation. The Coyotes are 6-3 and ranked 17th. Both teams are 4-2 in league play.

SDSU has dominated the rivalry in the Division I era, but USD won the last meeting, a 24-21 squeaker in 2019 at the Dome that snapped a 10-game losing streak in the series for the Coyotes. If the Jacks win Saturday, it will move them one step closer to a potential playoff seed and first-round bye. If the Coyotes win, it likely secures a playoff spot for them.

Showdown Series: USD, SDSU football square off for first time since 2019

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What to know about Coyotes vs. Jackrabbits: Game time, TV info


WHEN/WHERE: 1 p.m. Saturday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion

TV: Midco Sports

ONLINE: Midco Sports Plus 

RADIO: WNAX-AM 570; Jackrabbit radio affiliates; KVHT-FM 106.3, KQSF-FM 95.7

COACHES: SDSU - John Stiegelmeier (25th year, 181-109); USD - Bob Nielson (6th year, 28-32)

SERIES: SDSU leads 55-53-7

LAST TIME: USD won 24-21 in 2019 in Vermillion

LAST WEEK: SDSU beat North Dakota State 27-19; USD beat Western Illinois 42-21

RANKINGS: SDSU is ranked 7th in the FCS poll; USD is ranked 17th

KEY PLAYERS: SDSU – RB Pierre Strong (1,142 yards, 14 TDs), QB Chris Oladokun (1,991 yards, 16 TDs), WR Jaxon Janke (38 rec., 686 yards, 2 TDs), TE Tucker Kraft (45 rec., 543 yards, 5 TDs), LB Adam Bock (74 tackles), DE Reece Winkelman (4.5 sacks); USD – RB Travis Theis (601 yards, 7 TDs), RB Nate Thomas (505 yards, 4 TDs), QB Carson Camp (1,566 yards, 13 TDs), WR Carter Bell (34 rec., 583 yards, 5 TDs), LB Jack Cochrane (65 tackles, 3 INT), LB Jacob Matthew (6 sacks), DL Nick Gaes (6 sacks)

ETC: Both teams are ranked going into the Showdown Series meeting for the first time since 2017 when SDSU was ranked fifth and USD was 15th....USD's win over the Jacks in 2019 ended a 10-game losing streak in the rivalry and was their first over SDSU since the 2000 season....USD has two wins over ranked teams this year (North Dakota was 13th when the Coyotes beat them, UNI was 16th)....SDSU is No. 1 in the Valley in scoring offense (40.7) and third in scoring defense (17.4). USD is fifth in scoring offense (29.7) and second in scoring defense (17.1).

More: After finally beating SDSU in 2019, USD football enters 2021 rivalry game with added confidence



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College football team delivers greatest Hail Mary of season on game-winning play from beyond midfield

South Dakota pulled off an improbable victory on Saturday over South Dakota State as time expired when QB Carson Camp found Jeremiah Webb for a game-winning 57-yard touchdown pass that was deflected en route.

The Coyotes won 23-20 thanks to winning the second half, 16-10, as they improved to 7-3 on the season. The Jackrabbits fell to 7-3.

These teams are used to tight finishes.

It was the second time they met as FCS top-25 foes as the rankings came in No. 17 for the Coyotes and No. 7 for the Jackrabbits. The last intrastate meeting of top-25 teams came in 2017 when the Jacks eked out a 31-28 win on the final week of the regular season. That result gave SDSU a first-round bye in the playoffs while South Dakota ultimately qualified for its first FCS playoffs and scored a first-round win at Nicholls.

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All State Players 2021

Jayden Beck and Ethan Remington 

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All Academic Players 2021

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Game Time: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 3: p.m. ET

Location: Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium, Brookings, South Dakota

Where To Watch: ESPN3/WatchESPN

Betting Odds: North Dakota State -7, O/U 50.5

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Although the Dakota Marker is currently in the hands of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, they didn’t win their last meeting with the North Dakota State Bison. The Jackrabbits upset the mighty Bison in the FargoDome 19-17 during the regular season, but got hammered when it really mattered in the postseason.

In their quarterfinal match-up, the Bison quickly fell behind 10-0 and the hometown faithful were worried that a repeat of the regular season meeting was going to happen. However, the defense and the run game came up large after the team fell behind and North Dakota State rattled off 36 unanswered points to cruise to a victory.

South Dakota State will be looking for some revenge and can also essentially lock up a postseason berth with a win here.

Reasons to Like North Dakota State

The Bison have one of the best defenses in the entire FCS. Their only competition for the title of the top defense at this level is James Madison and they are about neck and neck with the Dukes.

North Dakota State has only allowed one opponent to score more than 14 points on them all season long. This team is phenomenal against the run and doesn’t need to leave guys in the box in order to get a numbers advantage. They just whip you at the line and let the second level make plays.

The ground game has churned out big chunks of yardage all year too. When you control for the quality of opponents, there’s no doubt that this is the best running attack at the FCS level. Easton Stick is a great runner for a quarterback and Bruce Anderson has been a freshman phenom.

Reasons Not to Like North Dakota State

Injuries have taken their toll on this team all season long. The Bison were already down their top defensive lineman coming into the season and one of their top back-up running backs suffered a season-ending injury in the opener.

NDSU suffered perhaps its toughest injury to date though when Lance Dunn went down with a torn labrum two weeks ago. Dunn was the workhorse for this team and got most of the goal line work. Losing him makes this team very thin at the running back position.

Reasons to Like South Dakota State

Taryn Christion has performed very well for the Jackrabbits this season. He is averaging nine yards an attempt and has been more careful with the ball than he was last year. Christion has also proven to be a great running threat. He has already broke free for a 90-yard touchdown run this season and the Bison will have to be wary of him as a runner.

He is buoyed by a fantastic offensive line that is great in both phases of the game. Christion has only been sacked six times in eight games and doesn’t feel much pressure in the pocket. Additionally, the running backs have plenty of room to run behind this line and the team is averaging 5.6 yards per carry as a whole.

Reasons Not to Like South Dakota State

The Jackrabbits do not have a good run defense. At all. They were gashed on the ground by Youngstown State and Northern Iowa had a ton of success against this team as well. South Dakota State is allowing 4.4 yards per carry and that is not a good sign heading into this game.

For as good as Christion has been at times, he has not looked good when the Jackrabbits can’t establish the run. In the two losses to Youngstown State and Northern Iowa he completed less than 50 percent of his passes because the round game was shut down. Keep that in mind with how good the Bison are at stopping the run.


This is a rivalry game and although I want to take the home team and the points, it’s hard to justify taking South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits just won’t be able to do enough on offense, while the Bison will be able to control the game on the ground.

Final Score: North Dakota State 31, South Dakota State 13

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