Eastern Washington @ South Dakota
by, 09-11-2011 at 01:02 AM (1523 Views)
VERMILLION, S.D.--Today, I witnessed the defending national champions Eagles play South Dakota. I got to take my two sons to the game and we got to see an upset on the DakotaDome astroturf.
USd QB Dante Warren had a rushing and passing touchdown and kicker Kevin Robb had three field goals as the Coyotes upset the Eagles 30-17.
The Coyotes took a 21-0 lead in the second quarter before EWU finally scored. Warren scored on a 2-yard run and threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Blount.
Jim Thompson added a 67-yard interception return to give the Coyotes a 21-0 lead.
A Matt Johnson interception gave EWU the ball back right before halftime.
Eagle QB Bo Levi Mitchell then completed 9-of-12 passes for the entire 72-yard drive, capped by a 2-yard touchdown pass to Nicholas Edwards as the game went into halftime with USD holding a 21-7 advantage.
EWU took the opening second half drive to the Coyote 4 yard line but had to settle for a 21-yard Mike Jarrett field goal to pull the Eagles within 21-10.
On its next possession, South Dakota converted a third-and-20 and a fourth and 3 with runs of 17 and 14 yards by Warren respectively that set up the first field goal by Robb.
EWU scored on a quick, four-play, 72-yard drive that cut the lead to 24-17 as the third quarter ended. Mitchell found Greg Herd from 27-yards out for the score.
After another USD field goal, EWU drove deep into USD territory, only to have Marquis Butler make an impressive over-the-shoulder interception and return it 66 yards back into Eagle territory. Another field goal gave the Coyotes a 30-17 lead.
Eastern once again put together a drive, but a holding call on the Eagles resulted on a failed fourth-down attempt with 2:06 left and sealed the game.
South Dakota is not uncommon for an upset as it defeated FBS Minnesota 41-38 a year ago. Consistancy, however, was a concern as the Coyotes ended up finishing just 4-7 overall and 1-3 in the GWC play.
EWU now at 0-2 overall does not seee an easy time to get its first win must play at Montana next week.