1991 —The most memorable part of this 7-3 season was the weather.
In the season opener against Nebraska-Kearney, lightning delayed Mike Daly’s debut as head coach by two hours.
“I had given my pregame speech, we were ready to come out of the locker room, and the officials came in and said we have to pull it back. We ended up sitting there for a couple hours; it seemed like a day,” he recalls.
A late October “blizzard of the century” roared through the Midwest, and St. Cloud State was unable to complete its trip to Brookings. It ended up that all games in the North Central Conference were canceled, making for a ten-game season.
Even the next week’s game was affected. SDSU was one of several teams to move its game to the DakotaDome in Vermillion. SDSU lost to Mankato State 23-0 in a late-night game.
1993 —Jim Remme lettered for four years as a defensive lineman, but his footnote to history came on special teams. When the starting placekicker got into a “funk,” Remme, a senior who kicked straight on, was given a chance. But Remme missed his first two field goal attempts and the original placekicker had his job back.
That original kicker? Future Super Bowl champion Adam Vinatieri.
1993 — A Beef Bowl crowd of 6,225 saw SDSU beat North Dakota State 42-30 for State’s first win against the Bison in seventeen years.
All-conference quarterback Todd McDonald ran for 46 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries while throwing for two TDs and 264 yards, going 19 of 33 with one interception. Game MVP Dan Nelson ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.
“We just made all the plays. . . . We played a lights-out game,” Coach Mike Daly says.
1993 — North Dakota came in 8-1, alone atop the North Central Conference, while SDSU was just 6-4. The Jackrabbit defense spearheaded a 28-0 upset, holding UND to just 154 yards total offense while also scoring the first TD of the game when Mike Jaunich blocked a punt and Dean Herrboldt returned it twenty-seven yards for the score.
Jaunich and Jim Remme recorded seven tackles each to lead the defense, which also had six sacks by six different players. SDSU had a fifteen-minute advantage in time of possession time as UND was just two of thirteen on third-down attempts.
1994 — Three fourth-quarter touchdowns gave SDSU a thrilling 32-28 victory over Slippery Rock (Pa.) to open the 1994 season.
Trailing 28-14 early in the fourth, the Jacks got back within striking distance on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Brook Parent to Rusty Lenners. SDSU then put together two 90-plus yard drives to earn the victory. Parent capped a 10-play, 95-yard drive with a 7-yard run midway through the quarter, and scored the game-winner on a 1-yard run with 2:11 left to finish off an eight-play, 94-yard drive.
1997 — Brock Beran catches a game-winning touchdown pass from Noel Bouche’ from midfield on the last play of the game to beat St. Cloud State, 20-16, on Hobo Day.
Coach John Stiegelmeier recalls, “My brother [Jim] jumped out of the stadium and tackled me [afterwards]. He died a few years ago. He was a brother that didn’t get to see very many games, so that was special.”
1998 — SDSU plays its first-ever overtime game, winning 30-27 in two overtimes over an undefeated and nationally ranked Nebraska-Omaha squad on Hobo Day.
The game was tied at 10 after three quarters and at 24 after regulation. In the first overtime, Brett Gorden kicked a 39-yard field goal and hit a 23-yarder in the second overtime after the Mavericks missed a 42-yard field goal attempt to open the second extra period.
1999 — Casey Hillman returned an interception 53 yards for the winning touchdown with 24 seconds to play to give SDSU a 38-31 victory in a game that was tied at 7, 14, 24 and 31. Josh Ranek rushed for 177 yards on 33 carries and scored three TDS (7, 1, 4). His last touchdown, with 3:54 to play, tied the game.
1999 — In the 1999 season finale, Josh Ranek rushes for a then-school-record 291 yards on 41 carries with three touchdowns as SDSU defeats St. Cloud State, 28-19. Ranek becomes the first Jackrabbit to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, setting a single-season school record with 2,055 yards.