The Indiana State football team fell 44-0 to number two ranked South Dakota State Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The Jackrabbits have won the last seven competitions over the Sycamores and leads the overall series 9-2.
SDSU wasted no time setting the tone as they scored early in the game. Quarterback Chris Oladokun threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to running back Pierre Strong with 12:55 to go in the first quarter giving them a 7-0 lead fast. The Sycamores ended the first quarter trailing 17-0.
Scoring in the second quarter opened when Oladokun completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Tucker Kraft with 10:14 to go, putting the Jackrabbits up 24-0. Oladokun finished 12-for-21 with 216 yards and three passing touchdowns.
Oladokun threw his final touchdown pass of the game when he completed a 42-yard touchdown pass to Jaxon Janke increasing their lead to 31-0 with 8:23 to go in the second quarter.
Offensively for Indiana State Peterson Kerlegrand led in rushing with 76-yards on 21 carries. Safety Michael Thomas led the defense with 10 total tackles.
The Jackrabbit’s running attack was led by Pierre Strong Jr. He finished the contest with 156 rushing yards on 20 attempts. This was Strong’s thirteenth time for rushing over 100 yards in his career. Adam Bock led SDSU defensively with 10 total tackles and an interception.
“I was really impressed with how they (Indiana State) tackled our running back in the open field all game,” SDSU head football coach John Stiegelmeier stated. “He is one of the harder backs in the conference to tackle in open field.”
The third quarter consisted of only an SDSU field goal. In the final quarter the Jackrabbits seen the endzone for the final time when they executed a 22-yard run from Amar Johnson with 2:45 to go increasing their lead to 44-0. This was the ninth shutout under head coach Stiegelmeier but the first since 2015. SDSU finished with a 517-226 advantage in total offense. “We’ve got to play better in all three phases,” Indiana state head coach Curt Mallory said. “We have seven games left and won’t hang our head on this loss. We’ll evaluate film, learn from it and be ready for next Saturday.” The Sycamores are now 2-2 and 0-1 in the conference. Their next competition will be against South Dakota on the road.