Last Second Touchdown Spoils Central's Plans for Victory
VERMILLION, S.D. - South Dakota scored the game-winning touchdown with 15 seconds remaining, spoiling an upset bid by Central Washington, as the visiting Wildcats lost 10-7 to the 14th-ranked Coyotes on Saturday afternoon at the DakotaDome. The Wildcats (3-3, 1-3 North Central Conference) led for the majority of the contest, scoring the game's first points at the 13:42 mark of the second quarter on a 33-yard pass from sophomore Mike Reilly (Kalispell, Mont./Flathead HS) to senior Josh Boonstra (Sedro-Woolley, Wash.). CWU took that 7-0 lead into the halftime locker room. Central contained the nation's third-leading rushing team to more than 80 yards below its season average. South Dakota, which finished with 197 yards on the ground including 66 on its game-winning drive, came into Saturday's contest averaging 280.4 rushing yards per game. The Coyotes' top rusher, Stefan Logan, was held to just 106 yards - 30 below his season average. Offensively, the Wildcats struggled. They were held to an even zero yards rushing and, despite his 16-for-20 passing accuracy, Reilly threw for just 169 yards. It marked Central's lowest offensive total since Sept. 2, 2000, when the Wildcats managed just 85 yards in a 52-7 loss at North Dakota.