1980s

1980 — SDSU beats the University of South Dakota 21-13 in the Beef Bowl after trailing 13-3. The Jacks scored 18 fourth-quarter points with the key play coming when Milton Stuckey blocked a Coyote punt, and Ron Schneider recovered in the end zone to put SDSU ahead 17-13.

Tony Harris added the extra point and an insurance field goal.

Jeff Tiefenthaler

Jeff Tiefenthaler

1981 — In the only regional telecast by a national broadcaster, SDSU beat the University of North Dakota 28-16 in a game carried by ABC. During that era, the NCAA required ABC to carry one Division II game on a regional basis as a part of the network’s football contract.

The game was produced by the network’s Monday Night Football crew, which arrived on Wednesday to begin its preparation. It then had a police escort to the Brookings Airport to catch a plane to Minneapolis and then onto Pittsburgh for the Monday night game.

1985 — The most famous win over USD came October 19, 1985, when despised Coyotes traveled north for Hobo Day with No. 1 ranking in the nation. SDSU was 3-3 and had already lost by fifteen to the University of South Dakota in the second game of the year.

A record crowd of 16,193 knew that records are meaningless when it comes to playing the University.

SDSU built a 22-0 lead, before Jackrabbit reserves gave up two fourth-quarter touchdowns. SDSU ended the game with a safety when USD fumbled into the end zone with thirty-nine seconds to play. The Jackrabbits held USD to 260 yards while gaining 433 yards on eighty-six plays.

1988 — In the season opener, SDSU rallies from a 24-10 third-quarter deficit to beat Central Missouri State 31-24 by scoring on three consecutive possessions. Quarterback Ted Wahl had a hand in each TD.

He scrambled in from 16 yards out, hit J.D. Berreth on a 60-yard pass play, and the ran in from four yards out.

1989 —It took two days for SDSU to persevere against Hobo Day opponent Morningside.

Harry Forsyth, then the athletic director, remembers, “It started to rain at the beginning of the second half and then it just unloaded” with heavy rain and lightning that was crackling too close to a field that had two metal posts jutting up on each end of the field.

“We went over to my office in Frost. We had both coaches and their ADs [athletic directors]. We called the weather service and they said the system was stationary. It poured until 11 p.m.”

Doug Miller

Doug Miller

The game resumed at 1 p.m. Sunday with nine minutes remaining and SDSU leading 13-6. A Morningside touchdown closed the gap to 13-12, which proved to be the final score because future pro linebacker Doug Miller blocked the extra point.

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