South Dakota takes to the streets again after a season-saving win at DakotaDays for a matchup with Youngstown State Saturday in Youngstown, Ohio.
It’s the penultimate away game of the season for USD in a four-game stretch they must win to qualify for the FCS playoffs. Here’s what you should know about the game:
SOUTH DAKOTA (2-5) vs. Youngstown State (4-3)
WHEN WHERE: Saturday at 1 p.m. at Stambaugh Stadium in Youngstown, Ohio
TV CHANNEL: KELOXTRA
STREAM: ESPN+ (subscription required)
ON-LINE: goyotes.com (audio)
RADIO: KQSF 95.7 at Sioux Falls, KVHT 106.3 at Yankton/Vermillion, KKLS 920 at Rapid City and KSDR 1480 at Watertown
TRAINER: USD – Bob Nielson (7th year, 30-38); YSU – Doug Phillips (Year 3, 8-16)
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SERIES: YSU leads 7-2
RANKINGS: USD is not classified. Youngstown State is unranked.
Interesting facts about the Youngstown State Salukis
The Coyotes’ defense is tasked with stopping a dynamic game in progress as Youngstown State features the nation’s leading rusher in Jaleel McLaughlin. McLaughlin is averaging 152 yards per game and nearly 8 yards per carry. He has surpassed 200 yards in each of his last two contests. However, the strong running game is offset by an uneven view of the quarterback.
Sophomore Demeatric Crenshaw started the year as a starter, but the job was taken over by junior Mitch Davidson early in the Missouri Valley Football Conference game. Davidson has flown more than 200 yards in every game, has had at least 25 passing attempts (in each of the last three competitions), and has completed 59% of his passes in those three competitions. The Youngstown State defense’s greatest strength lies in pass rush, where Dylan Wudke and James Jackson combined for seven sacks and 14.5 tackles for the loss.
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What you should know about Youngstown State Coach Doug Phillips
Phillips was named his alma mater’s head coach in 2020, 29 years after he began his coaching career at the school as a research assistant. He spent time in the high school ranks before taking on assistant roles at Ohio State, Bowling Green, left coaching for eight years and then returned to a role for Iowa State in 2016. He then landed in Cincinnati, where he served as a special teams coordinator/tight ends coach in 2017 and as a running backs coach in 2018-19. The Penguins have won four games in his first two years and have already won four halfway through his third season.
Things to know about soccer in South Dakota
South Dakota has a new quarterback. Iowa State transfer Aidan Bouman was named the Coyotes’ starter after being used near the end of the first half against Southern Illinois, 14 points behind, and leading USD to a comeback win. Bouman only threw for 120 yards and one touchdown in the game, but the rest of the offense (and even the defense to an extent) came alive after the quarterback change.
USD running backs Travis Theis and Shomari Lawrence both rushed for 100 yards against Southern Illinois, and although the Salukis attempted 44 passes, the USD secondary only allowed 190 yards through the air. South Dakota linebackers Brock Mogensen and Stephen Hillis are ranked as the third- and first-best tacklers in the Missouri Valley Football Conference into the Youngstown State encounter.
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