- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota State took care of business Saturday, crushing rival South Dakota 37-14 to stay in the hunt for an FCS playoff berth.

Now it waits. Playoff pairings will be announced on Sunday.

The Jackrabbits (8-4, 5-3 Missouri Valley Football Conference) scored on their first five possessions against the Coyotes (2-10, 0-8).

SDSU quarterback Austin Sumner completed 16 of 28 passes for a career-best 295 yards and three touchdowns. He threw a 28-yarder to Jasper Schneider, an 18-yarder to Jake Wieneke and a 50-yarder to Zach Zenner. Wieneke’s TD was his school-record 15th of the season. He had six catches for 177 yards.

“We’re executing offensively and we’ve had great game plans. It’s been good,” Sumner said.

Zenner led the Jackrabbits with 76 yards rushing and a touchdown on the ground.

Jacks coach John Stiegelmeier kept things simple for his team, telling the players “Just go out and play like it’s your last play. Don’t worry about the playoff, just play like it’s your last play.”

The Jacks took that to heart, dominating the struggling Coyotes from the opening drive. USD lost its last eight games of the season and its sixth straight game to SDSU.

“The thing got out of hand early. It was over before it started,” South Dakota coach Joe Glenn said.

SDSU had 320 total yards in the first half and took a 31-0 lead into the break. USD linebacker Sean Bredl was ejected late in the second quarter and kneeing an SDSU player in the neck.

“(The start) was unbelievable. To play at that level the whole time is tough but you got to be able to do that,” SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier said.

It was a frustrating day for the Coyotes, who gave up more than 500 yards for the fifth straight game. The Jackrabbits finished with 547 yards, the third straight game it went over 500 yards.

SDSU scored touchdowns on its first three possessions. After a Justin Syrovatka field goal, the Jackrabbits tacked on another TD.

With 9:21 left in the first half, USD kicker Miles Bergner missed a 25-yard field-goal attempt, ending a streak of 18 straight makes. He had been 16 for 16 this season.

Kevin Earl threw for 226 yards and Drew Potter rushed for 103 yards for USD, which has lost all 12 of its November games since the 2011 season. The Coyotes had 438 yards of offense.

“We wanted to play to the finish and not embarrass ourselves. We did a good job of playing hard the second half,” Glenn said. “They just made plays and we didn’t.”

Earl threw a 10-yard TD pass to Eric Shufford Jr. and Ryan Saeger tossed a 10-yard TD to Josh Hale for USD.

Syrovatka kicked three field goals for SDSU - 32, 21 and 34 yards.

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