Saturday’s other MVFC games
N. Dakota St. 24, N. Iowa 23.
Sam Ojuri ran for 96 yards and the go-ahead touchdown as North Dakota State rallied back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit. With three minutes to play, Ojuri took the handoff, shuffled right and burst through a gap up the middle, breaking two tackles on his way to the 19-yard game-winning touchdown. The Bison (5-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley) cut the lead to 23-17 earlier in the fourth quarter. Going for it on fourth-and-6 from the Panthers 11, Brock Jensen threw a line drive to Zach Vraa crossing the middle of the end zone. David Johnson had 142 yards on 12 carries for the Panthers (4-1, 0-1).
Illinois State 35, Western Illinois 21
Marshaun Coprich ran for a career-high three touchdowns for Illinois State (2-3, 1-1 Missouri Valley). A 14-yard touchdown pass from Blake Winkler to Milton Colbert snapped a 21-21 tie in the middle of the fourth quarter. Coprich then ran for a 24-yard score late in the fourth to extend the Redbirds’ lead to 35-21. Coprich finished with 124 yards rushing, also a career high. The Redbirds led 14-0 at halftime behind a 4-yard touchdown pass from Winkler to Chick Chatham and a 1-yard scoring run by Coprich. A 6-yard touchdown run by Coprich in the third quarter then gave Illinois State a 21-7 lead. Western Illinois (3-3, 1-1) tied the game with touchdown passes from Trenton Norvell on its next two possessions. Norvell finished with three touchdown passes but was just 11 for 28 for 139 yards.
South Dakota 17, Missouri St 14
Kevin Earl threw an 18-yard fourth quarter touchdown pass to Trevor Bouma, then Miles Bergner kicked a 41-yard field goal with 1:24 remaining. Kierra Harris threw two interceptions for Missouri State (1-5, 1-1 Missouri Valley), one returned for a 22-yard touchdown by Kyle Guziec to give South Dakota (2-3, 1-1) a 6-0 lead. Harris’s interception by Jarrid Bryant on the Coyote 3-yard line killed another drive. The Coyotes, whose defense averages 119 yards passing allowed per game, held Harris to 72 yards. Harris did rush for a 3-yard TD to give the Bears a 7-6 lead. The Bears then stopped USD for back-to-back rushing losses before Vernon Scott blocked a punt and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bears a 14-6 lead.
S. Illinois 27, S. Dakota St. 24.
Kory Faulkner rushed for two touchdowns, passed for another and Thomas Kinney hit a pair of field goals to lift Southern Illinois. The game was tight throughout with three ties and two lead changes. The Jackrabbits (3-3, 0-2) ended the first half ahead 17-10 after a Zach Zenner rushing TD, Justin Syrovatka field goal and Charles Elmore’s 89-yard return of a Faulkner interception. The Salukis (3-3, 1-1) responded two minutes after intermission when Faulkner hit John Lantz for a 59-yard scoring pass to tie. Faulkner ran in from the 3 in the final quarter. Kinney added field goals of 35 and 42 yards. South Dakota State’s Zenner scored from the 1, capping a six-play drive to close within 27-24, but a final drive ended on downs with 1:46 remaining.