DES MOINES | South Dakota’s offense operated like a fine-tuned machine in a season-opening 77-7 lambasting of Drake here Saturday.
Chris Streveler passed for 248 yards -- flipping scoring passes to five different receivers – and scored six touchdowns.
In the first half.
The Coyotes stormed to a 56-7 halftime lead, which were the most points the team had scored in an entire game since 2006.
By intermission, Streveler had thrown touchdown passes to Shamar Jackson (30 yards), Brandt Van Roekel (13), Kody Case (23), Alonge Brooks (25) and Josh Hale (3).
And, for good measure, Streveler scored on a 2-yard run as the Coyotes amassed 412 total yards while limiting Drake to 91. The defense also chipped in on the first-half explosion with Phillip Powell returning an interception nine yards for a touchdown.
South Dakota was 9-for-10 in third-down conversions and Ryan Weese, a graduate transfer from Kansas, made all eight of his PAT kicks in the first half.
There’s not much more you can say about this one except for the fact that it got out of hand early and stayed that way. USD rang up 28 points in each of the first two quarters en route to scoring its most points in a game since blanking Minnesota-Crookston 77-0 in 2005.
The Coyotes were close to the all-time school record of 86 points against Augustana in 1930.
Yes, the offense was clicking on all cylinders with 602 total yards, but the defense was equally impressive. Drake rushed for a minus-1 yards and gained just 147 in all and the only bright spot for the Bulldog offense was an 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive in the second quarter.
By that time, though, South Dakota had already mounted a 28-0 cushion.
While Streveler took the second half off, it gave his backup Austin Simmons ample playing time. All the sophomore from Council Bluffs Lewis Central did was engineer three scoring drives.
USD’s Case, from South Central Calhoun High School, is a true freshman. Kai Henry, another true freshman, scored on a 2-yard run midway through the third quarter.
Streveler, last year’s Missouri Valley Football Conference Newcomer of the Year, completed 17 of 24 passes. He carried 11 times for 53 yards in the first half.
Simmons had an 11-yard touchdown pass to Brooks, who made a highlight-reel catch between his legs. Ben Klett rambled in from a yard out for his first Coyote touchdown to put a capper on the rout.
Darrin Greenfield, a sophomore defensive end from Sheldon, Iowa, charted a team-high seven tackles.
South Dakota will be on the road again Saturday, playing at Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green