- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) - Trenton Norvell threw three touchdown passes and ran for another and Western Illinois beat South Dakota 40-21 on Saturday night.

Norvell was 16 of 25 for 288 yards passing, and Nikko Watson ran for 139 yards and a touchdown to lead the Leathernecks (3-2, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference) to consecutive wins.

“They were too much for us,” South Dakota coach Joe Glenn said. “We’re not making plays on offense. Special teams weren’t special . Kind of a lackluster effort really.”

Western Illinois took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards in 12 plays to take a 7-0 lead on Norvell’s 4-yard run.

South Dakota (2-3, 0-2) countered on its first series of offense when Tyler Bouma’s 3-yard run capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive.

The Coyotes ran for just 148 yards, led by Michael Fredrick’s 90 yards on 19 carries. “That’s a good day for him, ” Glenn said. “He ran real hard and hung on to the ball.”

The Leathernecks went up 13-7 on Norvell’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Lance Lenoir. Nathan Knuffman kicked field goals of 23 and 38 yards and the Leathernecks led 19-7 at halftime.

Ryan Saeger threw a 55-yard pass to Eric Shufford that set up Shamar Jackson’s 10-yard touchdown run, pulling the Coyotes to 19-14 to open the second half.

Norvell connected with Joey Borsellino on a 61-yard scoring strike. Watson bullied in for a 1-yard score, and Norvell threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Jaelon Acklin to stretch the Leathernecks’ lead to 40-14 late in the third quarter.

South Dakota scored late when Saeger threw a 10-yard pass to Brandt Van Roekel. Saeger was 17-for-29 for 197 yards and ran 12 times for 38 yards.

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