FARGO, N.D. | North Dakota State clinched at least a share of its seventh straight Missouri Valley Football Conference title with a 49-14 victory over South Dakota at the Fargodome here Saturday.
Easton Stick passed for 307 yards and Ty Brooks rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns for the fifth-ranked Bison (9-1, 6-1). North Dakota State racked up 647 yards of total offense, reaching the end zone on seven of its first nine possessions.
No. 10 South Dakota (7-3, 4-3) got 232 yards passing and 93 yards rushing from Chris Streveler, who set the program’s single-season record for total yards with 3,520. Streveler scored the Coyotes’ two touchdowns on runs of 19 and 8 yareds in the first half.
He accounted for all but eight yards on the opening drive of the game, a 12-play, 75-yard march that he capped with a 19-yard scramble.
NDSU answered with the first of three Brooks touchdowns, an 8-yarder. The Bison then went 98 yards, thanks mainly to a 77-yard pass from Stick to Dimitri Williams that got them from one end of the field to the other.
The Coyotes trailed 21-7 when Streveler scored for the second time. Passes of 32 and 14 yards to Brandt Van Roekel, followed by a 17-yard run by Michael Fredrick made it first-and-goal from the 8. Streveler ran up the middle and dove into the end zone for the touchdown.
A 54-yard touchdown run by Brooks with 2:37 left in the first half made it 28-14 and put USD in a hole it couldn’t climb out of. The Coyotes gained 162 yards on five second-half possessions, but did not score.
South Dakota closes the regular season at home against South Dakota State Saturday at 2 p.m.