TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - South Dakota’s Miles Bergner kicked four field goals and three PATs Saturday and the Coyotes needed everyone to beat Indiana State 33-30 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Bergner dueled head-to-head with Sycamores kicker Jerry Nunez, who made three field goals and three PATs.
Bergner’s 41-yarder in the second overtime proved to be the game-winner as wide receiver Kelvin Cook’s third-down pass on a trick play in the second OT was intercepted by USD’s Jacob Warner.
“Defensively we battled,” USD coach Bob Nielson said. “Offensively, we could have made it a lot easier on ourselves. We’re capable of being a lot better team that we showed in the last three quarters.”
USD improved to 2-1 in double-overtime games this season. It beat Weber State 52-49 and lost to North Dakota 47-44.
The Coyotes (3-3, 2-1 Missouri Valley) played the second half without their most dynamic player in quarterback Chris Streveler, who had accounted for 18 of the team’s 21 touchdowns going into the game. He threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Alonge Brooks for a 7-3 lead in the first quarter.
Streveler was 8 for 12 for 122 yards and a TD but was replaced by Ryan Saeger after halftime because of an injury. Saeger was 10 for 17 for 54 yards and a score.
“Ryan’s a guy we certainly have confidence in,” Nielson said. “He’s won some games. Good to see him come in. We’ve got guys who can step up when they need to step up.”
Bergner certainly did. In addition to his two 41-yarders in OT, he also kicked a 49-yarder that gave the Coyotes a 17-3 lead and a 38-yarder that broke a 17-17 tie midway through the third.
Indiana State (3-4, 1-3) went up 3-0 on Nunez’s 42-yard field goal with 12:34 left in the first quarter, but South Dakota answered just over a minute later on Brooks’ 69-yard catch.
The Coyotes then turned a Sycamore fumble into a 7-yard TD run by Trevor Bouma and 14-3 lead with 9:05 left in the first quarter.
Bouma ran for 72 yards on 24 carries.
USD extended the lead to 17-3 on Bergner’s field goal with 5:14 to play in the half.
The Sycamores responded with a 46-yard TD pass from Isaac Harker to Miles Thompson with a minute left in the half, then opened the third quarter with a 48-yard pass from Harker to Robert Tonyan to tie it 17-17 with 11:06 remaining in the third quarter.
Harker completed 24 of 40 passes for 325 yards and three scores.
USD made it 27-17 on Bergner’s 38-yard field goal and Saeger’s 3-yard pass to Drew Potter.
Thompson’s 23-yard TD pass to Harker cut the gap to 27-24 with 1:59 left. Thompson caught eight passes for 152 yards.
Nunez tied the game with a 42-yard field goal with 12 seconds to play then added a 46-yarder in the first OT.
ISU’s Roland Genesy ran 16 times for 109 yards.
“Indiana State has a good team, but now we get to come home for two weeks,” Nielson said. “We’re going to have to play better and better.”
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