The Indiana State football team fell 38-10 in their third loss of the season Saturday. The Sycamores are winless in the conference but have played the third and sixth ranked teams in the Missouri Valley Football conference.
The opening of the competition was quiet until South Dakota put together a consistent drive that lasted longer than six minutes. The long drive ended up resulting in a 22-yard field goal putting South Dakota up 3-0 with 3:23 left in the first quarter.
Scoring for the Sycamores opened when redshirt senior Alan Selzer tied the game with a 41-yard field goal with 14:15 to go in the second quarter, making the score 3-3.
After the Indiana State field goal, South Dakota responded with three touchdowns before the end of the first half. When South Dakota regained possession the ISU defense failed to make a stop on fourth and goal. This led to South Dakota’s Carson Camp converting the fourth down on a 1-yard touchdown pass to Brett Samson with 9:06 to go in the second quarter, putting them up 10-3.
Camp finished the competition 19-for-26 with 200 yards and a touchdown.
Less than three-minutes later Camp completed a 47-yard touchdown pass to Carter Bell with 7:00 minutes remaining in the second quarter putting South Dakota up 17-3. Camp then found Samson for the second time of the game on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 2:33 to go in the first half.
Indiana State went into halftime trailing 24-3.
The Sycamores came out aggressive and tried to shift the momentum as they opened scoring in the second half. Anthony Thompson threw his first touchdown pass of the competition when he threw a 15-yard pass to Zach Larkin with 2:59 to go in the third quarter, cutting South Dakota’s lead to 24-10. Thompson left the game with an unknown injury.
This led to freshman Cade Chambers to be the man under center for the entirety of the game. Chambers finished 3-for-5 with seven yards.
“The expectation is the same at every position,” Indiana State football head coach Curt Mallory stated. “Cade goes out there and we expect him to manage the game the exact way it was being managed before.”
Thompson finished 16-for-24 with 135 yards and one passing touchdown. Larkin led in receiving for ISU with 48 yards on nine catches and a touchdown. Indiana State faced their season-high in penalties as they faced nine of them in South Dakota.
The next two touchdowns by South Dakota were runs. Travis Theis scored a 15-yard touchdown run with 12:20 to go in the contest. Nate Thomas scored a 27-yard run late with 5:34 to go in the competition. These two touchdowns concluded the contest.
Safety Michael Thomas led the Sycamore defense with 10 total tackles. Linebacker Jack Cochrane led the Coyotes defense with six total tackles.
Indiana State’s next contest will be at Memorial Stadium Saturday at 1pm.