- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - It took some time for South Dakota State’s offense to find its stride Saturday in a 39-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference win over Missouri State.

The Jackrabbits defense saw to it that the offense had all the time it needed by dominating the Tigers.

SDSU (6-2, 3-2 Missouri Valley Conference) held Missouri State (1-7, 0-5) to just 211 total yards in notching its first road shutout in 16 years. Missouri Straight has lost six straight games.

“When you play great defense it just energizes your whole unit,” SDSU coach John Stigelmneier said. “Our guys played with confidence.”

The Jackrabbits limited the Bears to just 89 yards passing and 122 on the ground. SDSU has given up just four touchdowns in the last 18 quarters.

Brady Mengarelli rushed for 142 yards on 15 carries. He and Kyle Paris (15 yards) were the only South Dakota State players with positive rushing yards.

The Jackrabbits offense in the first two quarters consisted mostly of Mengarelli and kicker Jay Carlson.

Mengarelli opened the scoring with a 13-yard run and Carlson kicked the PAT for a 7-0 lead with 11:12 left in the first quarter. Carlson followed with field goals of 34, 41 and 47 yards for a 16-0 lead. Carlson kicked another 41-yarder in the second half.

With 1:04 to play in the half, SDSU quarterback Zach Lujan found Matt Raymond from 7 yards out for a TD and a 22-0 lead.

Mengarelli had 92 yards in the first half and SDSU outgained the Bears 250-90 in the first two quarters.

“Brady’s an unbelievable student-athlete,” Stiegelmeier said. “He never stops and, again, we had a good scheme for him.”

Lujan completed 15 of 19 passes for 208 yards as he slowly returns from an injury. He hooked up with Jake Wieneke seven times for 161 yards and a 48-yard TD.

“I feel like a little kid again,” Lujan said. “I thought our receivers really stepped up.”

Backup quarterback Taryn Christion threw a 14-yard TD pass to Connor Lundberg to cap an 87-yard drive - the longest of the game - with 8:34 left to play.

Missouri State quarterback Brodie Lambert was 12-for-25 for 77 yards. Ryan Heaston led the Bears in rushing with 73 yards.

Missouri State’s longest drive took 15 plays and moved 54 yards but the drive ended on downs. It had nine drives of four plays or less.

“When you come out and score right away on offense and hold them on defense, that’s a sign of a team that is focused.” Steigelmeier said.

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