2000s

Josh Ranek

Josh Ranek

2001 — In the first night game at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, SDSU beats Ferris State of Michigan 34-24. Josh Ranek scored all five Jackrabbit touchdowns and finished the game with 235 rushing yards on 37 carries.

2001 — South Dakota State trailed the Beef Bowl game 24-0 at halftime to St. Cloud State, but rallied for a 30-24 win.

Frank Blalark returned the second-half kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown to jump-start the comeback. By the end of the third quarter, SDSU had pulled to within two, 24-22, after Josh Ranek broke away for a 55-yard TD run. A fourth-quarter interception by Justin Landis set up a 42-yard drive, capped by Ranek’s three-yard TD, and SDSU had the lead.

But it still took a late defensive stand to win the game after St. Cloud reached the SDSU ten. A sack by Brandon Thiesse and three straight incomplete passes after the Huskies reached the 10-yard line gave the Jacks the ball on downs.

2004 — A 22-yard pass from Brad Nelson to Chris Molitor with 39 seconds left gave SDSU a 24-21 win over North Dakota State in the inaugural Dakota Marker game. An interception at mid-field by Hank McCall closed the deal, securing the Jackrabbits’ first home win over a Division I opponent.

SDSU’s winning drive went 80 yards in 14 plays, and included two fourth-down conversion tosses in Jackrabbit territory. On fourth-and-six from the SDSU 24-yard-line, Nelson to Brian Janecek for seven yards. Then on fourth-and-five, Nelson passed to Solomon Johnson for seven yards.

Nelson completed 20 of 35 passes for 198 yards. Chris Coauette led the defense with 15 tackles.

2005 — The new scoreboard at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium got a workout as the Jackrabbits averaged 45.4 points in seven home games. SDSU scored a Division I-best 69 points against Valparaiso (Ind.) on Sept. 10, then posted a 64-28 victory over Missouri-Rolla on Hobo Day. The Jackrabbits rushed for a school-record 567 yards in the win over Missouri-Rolla, with three different players (Cory Koenig, Trevor Hohn and Anthony Watson) rushing for more than 100 yards.

2006 — SDSU used a 12-play, 91-yard, fourth-quarter drive to beat the 16th-ranked University of California-Davis 22-21 on Hobo Day. Andy Kardoes hit Dusty Snyders with a nine-yard pass with 1:08 to play.

UC-Davis had taken a 21-7 halftime lead. With just under 11 minutes to play, Kardoes passed  four yards to Chris Wagner for a TD but the two-point conversion failed, leaving it 21-16.

SDSU’s comeback hopes dimmed when the Jacks faced a third-and-21 at the Davis 25. But Kardoes and Snyders hooked up for a 16-yard gain to set up their winning connection.

2007 Dakota Marker Game

2007 Dakota Marker Game

2007 — North Dakota State came in unbeaten (10-0), , but with the Great West Conference title at stake, the Jackrabbits prevailed 29-24 in front of a Coughlin-Alumni Stadium record crowd of 16,345. The conference title was the first by a Jackrabbit football team since 1963.

The Jacks took the opening kickoff and marched down the field, settling for a 31-yard Parker Douglas field goal, then Cole Brodie blocked an NDSU punt with SDSU recovering at the Bison 8.  Cory Koenig scored from 1-yard out. After Paul Aanonson returned a punt 94-yards for a TD midway through the second quarter, the Jacks were up 20-3.

NDSU took a 24-23 lead early in the fourth quarter but the Jacks answered with a 42-yard TD run by Koenig with 9:10 to play.

The Jackrabbit defense came up big on NDSU’s last two possessions as the Bison lost a fumble, recovered by Justin Kubesh, and Brock Gentile had an interception.

First Missouri Valley Football Conference game (2008)

First Missouri Valley Football Conference game (2008)

2008 — In its first-ever Missouri Valley Football Conference contest, the Jackrabbits raced out to a 27-0 halftime lead en route to a 40-7 victory over Youngstown State. Quarterback Ryan Berry completed 19-of-30 passes for 319 yards and a touchdown, with Kyle Minett adding 123 yards and two scores on the ground.

2008 — On a blustery day November afternoon, Jackrabbit quarterback Ryan Berry set school and Missouri Valley Football Conference records with seven touchdowns as SDSU defeated Illinois State, 52-21. Berry threw three first-quarter touchdowns, including two to Colin Cochart, as SDSU built a 24-0 lead. Glen Fox was on the receiving end of three of Berry’s seven TD passes.

2009 Dakota Marker Game

2009 Dakota Marker Game

2009 — In a Hobo Day matchup between No. 6 Northern Iowa and No. 11 SDSU, the fourth-largest crowd (15,523) in stadium history saw the Jackrabbits score the game’s last ten points en route to a 24-14 win.

Kyle Harris broke a 14-14 tie with a 49-yard field goal in the third quarter, then SDSU launched an 11-play, 93-yard drive which ended with a one-yard Thomas O’Brien-to-Collin Cochart TD pass. O’Brien had a big day, completing 26 of 37 passes for 285 yards and two TDs, including a 63-yarder to Glen Fox early in the third quarter.

Zach Zenner from 2012 playoff game

Zach Zenner in the 2012 playoff game at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium

2012 – In the first-ever playoff game at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, Zach Zenner runs wild over Eastern Illinois, racking up a school-record 295 yards on 33 carries as the Jackrabbits posted a convincing 58-10 victory over the Ohio Valley Conference champions. Zenner’s first of three touchdowns on the afternoon, a 68-yard scamper through the defense, opened the scoring for the Jackrabbits, who would go on to lead 34-3 at halftime.

2014 – John Stiegelmeier becomes the Jackrabbit career leader in football coaching victories with win No. 114 as South Dakota State records a 41-3 victory over Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Sept. 10. Stiegelmeier passed Ralph Ginn, who compiled a 113-89-9 record in 22 seasons from 1947-68 (Ginn was the Jackrabbit head coach when Coughlin-Alumni Stadium opened).

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