- Associated Press - Saturday, September 20, 2014

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Zach Zenner and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits overwhelmed Wisconsin-Oshkosh 41-3 Saturday.

Zenner ran for 209 yards and scored three first-half touchdowns against the Division III Titans.

Zach Lujan threw for 170 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 13 of 19 passes, including TD strikes of 38 and 5 yards to Jason Schneider.

With the win, John Stiegelmeier became the winningest coach at South Dakota State. He entered the game with 113 wins, tied with Ralph Ginn for the all-time lead.

“There are a lot of neat things that make me feel blessed to be in this role,” Stiegelmeier said. “It was a special night for our football team.”



The first 20 minutes featured four punts by Oshkosh, 4 touchdowns and two scores of the first plays of a possession.

“We came out and played with intensity,” Stiegelmeier said of the start. “It takes a tough son of a gun to be able to play 60 minutes mentally focused with a lead like that.”

Zenner ran for 65 yards and scored on a 2-yard run on the Jackrabbits’ first possession. In doing so, he became the 23rd FCS player to rush for more than 5,000 yards in his career. His 209 yards gives him 828 yards this season. He had more than 2,000 yards in each of the last two seasons.

SDSU (3-1) made it 14-0 on Zach Lujan’s 38-yard TD pass to Jason Schneider with 4:39 left in the first quarter. The pair would connect again in the third quarter.

Schneider caught three passes for 59 yards.

Zenner’s TD runs covered 2, 36 and 10 yards.

SDSU had a 309-99 advantage in total yards at halftime.

The Jackrabbits ran for 292 yards. Stiegelmeier credited a lot of people. “Tight ends, fullbacks . it’s not like they didn’t have nine guys within seven to nine yards of the ball. Credit the fat guys,” he said.

Seawolves kicker Nate Ray made a 24-yard field goal with 6:39 left. SDSU kicker Justin Syrovatka countered with field goals of 31 and 36 yards.

Oshkosh quarterback Dylann Rauch was 15-for-22 for 85 yards and Brett Kasper completed all six of his throws for 79 yards.

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