- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

VERMIILION, S.D. (AP) - Trevor Bouma ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns as South Dakota rolled to a 52-0 win over Drake for its 13th straight home-opening win on Saturday.

The Coyotes’ second straight win and third in a row over the Bulldogs moved South Dakota over .500 for the first time since the 2013 season.

“You can see now how the kids are starting to grow up and fit into the system,” USD coach Joe Glenn said. “We haven’t had a game like this since I’ve been here. We’ve got a pretty decent football team.”

Bouma, who was the Missouri Valley Football Conference player of the week last week, scored on runs of 1, 10 and 1 yard as the Coyotes (2-1) built a 31-0 halftime lead.

USD quarterback Ryan Saeger completed 11 of 19 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns, including a 35-yarder to Nick Meyer late in the second quarter.

USD had 233 yards by halftime and outgained the Bulldogs 476-282 in total yards.

“We played hard in the first half and had it put away. But we talked about not letting up,” Glenn said. “But we probably left four or five touchdowns on the field, so there is a lot we can improve on. It was a big win, but we can also see where we laid too many eggs.”

Saeger tossed a 44-yard TD pass to Brandt Van Roekel in the third quarter. Van Roekel caught three passes for 74 yards.

Saeger also ran for 67 yards of the Coyotes’ 296 yards.

“It’s part of our package,” Glenn said of the quarterback option. “We don’t want to run our quarterback a lot. They were not having anybody ready for our quarterback and he made some hay today.”

Michael Fredrick scored on a 1-yard run and Nate Gunn added a 5-yard scoring run.

USD held Drake to just 116 yards rushing. Conley Wilken had 59 yards on 16 carries.

Quarterback Cody Thibault completed just 14 of 37 pass attempts for 147 yards. He was sacked twice and threw two interceptions.

The Bulldogs drove into Coyotes’ territory four times in the third and fourth quarters but missed two field goals, fumbled and ran out of time at the end of the game.

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