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Eastern Illinois @ South Dakota State, First Round Playoffs 2012

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BROOKINGS, S.D.--I am at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium for today's first round playoff game between the Ohio Valley Conference champion Eastern Illinois Panthers and the Missouri Valley Conference runner-up South Dakota State Jackrabbits.

And it's rather chilly in the pressbox, I might add. I should have remembered this time of year as it was around this temperature when SDSU played North Dakota State in both team's last Great West game for each team in 2007.

This is the first home postseason game in Brookings at any level for SDSU.

The weather is rather chilly but not unexpected in South Dakota. Temperatures right now are in the upper 20s/lower 30s with a high today to be around 35.

The wind might be the tougher thing to handle with the brisk 20 mph wind and gusts over 30.

That weather might hamper the EIU passing game but should not be much of a factor with the power running for SDSU.

The Jacks have to be the favorite in this game with the home field and field conditions that lean more towards the Jacks type of offense.

But we shall see. The winner of this game will have a chance at #1 seeded North Dakota State next week in Fargo.

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  1. Kent's Avatar
    This game is over. EIU just fumbled the ball and SDSU's Gandy has gone over the century mark and the Jacks are about to score again as most of the backups are in the game for SDSU.

    Gandy gets his his second touchdown on the ground from 12 yards out.

    PAT is good.

    SDSU 58 EIU 10 with 3:54 left in the game.
  2. Kent's Avatar
    And it is over.

    SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 58 EASTERN ILLINOIS 10.
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