- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota State quarterback Taryn Christion threw five touchdown passes, and the Jackrabbits returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a 52-14 Missouri Valley Football Conference win over Western Illinois on Saturday.

Trailing 14-7, SDSU (2-2, 1-0 MVFC) scored 45 straight points against the previously unbeaten and eighth-ranked Leathernecks (3-1, 0-1).

“I’m proud that our guys rose up and got it done,” SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier said.

Christion passed for a career-high 361 yards. Four of his touchdown passes went to Dallas Goedert, who tied a 67-year-old school record for TD catches in a game.

Goedert came in with three TDs this season.

Christion threw for 236 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, three of those in the 21-point second quarter.

Goedert had three TDs in the first two quarters to help the Jacks build a 28-14 lead. He finished with eight catches for 204 yards.

Stiegelmeier didn’t seem impressed at the break. “We’re the boringest program in America,” he said before leaving the field. “We’ll go out and do our thing (in the second half) and see if we can win a football game.”

The Jackrabbits added 24 points in the third quarter.

Western Illinois quarterback Sean McGuire tossed two touchdown passes in the first quarter as the Leathernecks took a 14-7 lead. He threw a 6-yard pass to Lance Lenoir with less than three minutes into the game and a 3-yarder to Joey Borsellino with 1:52 left in the quarter. That was their final score.

The 16th-ranked Jackrabbits sandwiched a 24-yard TD pass from Christion to Goedert between the two Western Illinois scores.

Goeddert added scoring catches of 25 and 24 yards in the second quarter and Connor Landberg added a 17-yarder with 17 seconds left in the half.

The Jackrabbits’ defense got into the act early in the third quarter. Christian Rozeboom intercepted a pass and returned it 37 yards for a score.

“I dropped to the hole in my zone. I saw the ball in the air . Just going back to high school running back days,” Rozeboom said.

With 5:38 left in the third quarter, Goedert hauled in a 70-yard TD pass to make it 45-14. Less than two minutes later, Dallas Brown returned an interception 19 yards for the game’s final score.

Eight SDSU players caught passes from Christion. Jake Wieneke caught seven passes for 102 yards.

McGuire and backup quarterback Trenton Norvell combined to go 20 of 37 for 159 yards. Lenoir caught 10 passes for 84 yards.

Stacey Smith had 71 of Western Illinois’ 183 rushing yards.

The Jackrabbits came into the game giving up 41.7 points and 524 yards per game. SDSU responded to the challenge.

“They’re winners,” Stiegelmeier said of his team. “If things aren’t going as well as you like, and people point it out to you, you don’t cower down and don’t make excuses. You correct some things. Those guys rose up tonight.”

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