MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL CONFERENCE


MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL CONFERENCE

Saturday’s other games

North Dakota State 38, Missouri State 11

FARGO, N.D.

Easton Stick threw for two touchdowns and Lance Dunn ran for two more as North Dakota State beat Missouri State for the eighth time in 10 tries in the Bison’s Missouri Valley Conference. Stick drove the Bison 90 yards on the opening drive, hitting Jeff Illies from 32-yards out for the score to make it 7-0 less than four minutes into the game. Dunn capped a four-play, 81-yard drive on the second possession, scoring from 18 yards out. North Dakota State (4-0, 1-0) stopped the Bears on fourth down at the 1 early in the second quarter, but surrendered a safety when Dunn was unable to escape the end zone on first down from the 2. The victory was the seventh straight Homecoming victory for the Bison, matching the longest such streak in school history. Missouri State (1-4, 0-2) managed just 234 yards offense.

South Dakota 38, Western Illinois 33

MACOMB, ILL.

Chris Streveler accounted for four touchdowns and 417 total yards as South Dakota spoiled Western Illinois’ home opener. Streveler threw for 328 yards and three scores, and rushed for 89 yards and another touchdown as South Dakota (4-0, 1-0 Missouri Valley Conference) jumped out to a 24-6 halftime lead. Streveler has now thrown for 1,168 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. He is also the leading rusher with 318 yards and another seven TDs. The Leathernecks (3-1, 0-1) got the ball back trailing 38-33 with 34 seconds left, but Danny Rambo intercepted on the first play to seal the win. Western Illinois trailed by 17 at the break last year before coming back to win 35-34. The Leathernecks scored 27 in the second half this time but could not overcome the margin. WIU’s Jaelon Acklin caught a school record 19 passes and had a career-best 343 yards receiving with three scores.

Illinois State 24, Indiana State 13

NORMAL, ILL.

Jake Kolbe threw for two touchdowns as Illinois State remained unbeaten with a victory over winless Indiana State on Saturday night. Kolbe was 18 of 30 passing for a career-high 345 yards for the Redbirds (4-0, 2-0 MVC). Christian Gibbs caught both of Kolbe’s touchdown passes and had 189 yards receiving. The Redbirds scored 24 unanswered points in the first half, beginning with Sean Slattery’s 44-yard field goal and a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Adam Conley after Indiana State’s Cade Sparks was sacked in his own end zone. Scoring passes from Kolbe to Gibbs of 54 and 77 yards followed in the second quarter, pushing Illinois State’s lead to 24-0 at the break. The Sycamores (0-4, 0-1) scored twice in the third quarter starting with a Kolbe pass interception return of 47 yards by Mekhi Ware. Sparks threw for 108 yards and a score for Indiana State.

Associated Press

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