1970s

Les Tuma

Les Tuma

1972 — Crowds shout “Tuma, Tuma, Tuma” as Les Tuma runs for what was then a single-season, school record of 1,061 yards.

1975 – Coaches noticed something sparkly on the wrist of kicker Dan DeLaHunt before the game’s opening kickoff. Turns out he had forgotten to take off his wristwatch. “After the kickoff, we definitely asked him to take it off. I can’t remember it happening again or happening before [in my twenty-five years of coaching],” Mike Daly says.

1975 — SDSU wins a Hobo Day nailbitter over the University of South Dakota 24-22. The Coyotes seem poised to spoil State’s homecoming after taking a 22-21 lead with 5:35 left. USD scored a touchdown and two-point conversion after intercepting SDSU in the end zone.

But DeLaHunt, known to teammates as DeLaFoot, capped a 14-play drive with a 25-yard field goal with 18 seconds left to play.

1979 — In a memorable Hobo Day battle, USD grabbed a 14-13 fourth-quarter lead. But SDSU answered with consecutive touchdowns by Lionel Macklin and Jerry James to take a 26-14 lead with 6:40 remaining. SDSU held on to win 26-21, and later that season played in its first playoff game.

The Jackrabbits play on the field in 1977.

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