SATURDAY’S OTHER MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL CONFERENCE GAMES
South Dakota State 27, Illinois State 24, OT
Taryn Christion accounted for three touchdowns, Chase Vinatieri kicked a 43-yard field goal in overtime, and South Dakota State improved its FCS playoff chances with a victory over Illinois State. South Dakota State, ranked sixth in the FCS poll, has won four straight and is a game back of North Dakota State atop the conference standings. The 17th-ranked Redbirds have lost two in a row. Illinois State’s James Robinson, who finished with 83 yards rushing and two touchdown runs, bullied up the middle from 5 yards out for a score to tie the game 24-24 with just over two minutes remaining. In overtime, The Redbirds’ Sean Slattery hooked his 41-yard field goal attempt before Vinatieri’s kick split the uprights. Christion threw two touchdown passes in the first half, and ran for an 84-yard score in the fourth quarter. He had 172 yards passing and ran for another 110.
Northern Iowa 25, Missouri State 10
Marcus Weymiller ran 25 times for 131 yards and a touchdown and Northern Iowa scored the first 19 points on its way to a win over Missouri State. Weymiller scored for the Panthers on a 2-yard run to cap the game’s opening drive and Sam Drysdale missed the point-after attempt to leave it at 6-0. Drysdale followed with a pair of field goals and Elijah Campbell returned an interception 35 yards to make it 19-0 with 4:15 left in the second quarter. The Bears scored their only touchdown on Jason Randall’s 6-yard run with 54 seconds left in the half, but Drysdale kicked his third field goal of the second quarter with 12 seconds left to make it 22-7 at the half.
North Dakota State 49, South Dakota 14
Ty Brooks ran for three touchdowns as North Dakota State rolled to a win over South Dakota. Brooks had 152 yards on nine carries for the Bison. Easton Stick threw for 307 yards and a score and ran for another touchdown. North Dakota State amassed 647 total yards and held the Coyotes to 419 yards. Bruce Anderson ran for a score late in the first quarter to give the Bison a 14-7 advantage and they led the rest of the way. Seth Anderson ran 28 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter and Brooks went 54 yards for another score and NDSU was up 28-14 at the break. The victory puts the Bison back on track after losing their first game of the season last week, a 33-21 loss at South Dakota State. Chris Streveler had 232 yards passing and 93 yards and two touchdowns rushing for the Coyotes.
Western Illinois 45, Indiana State 0
TERRE HAUTE, IND.
Sean McGuire threw for 253 yards and four touchdowns — three in the second quarter — and Western Illinois shut out Indiana State. The win was Western Illinois’ sixth on the road, something the school had never before achieved in 113 seasons of football. The Leathernecks entered the game ranked No. 11 in the FCS polls. McGuire completed 17 of 25 passes with touchdown tosses to Adam Conrady for 21 yards, Jaelon Acklin for 23 and a shovel pass that Steve McShane turned into a 46-yard TD in the breakaway second quarter. McShane capped the first half with an 81-yard punt return for a score and a 31-0 halftime lead. Western Illinois rolled up 409 yards of offense to Indiana State’s 133. The Sycamores managed eight first downs, were 1 of 12 on third down conversions and gained just 43 yards on the ground. Lemonte Booker gained 51 yards on 20 carries for Indiana State.