- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Miles Bergner kicked a 34-yard field goal in the second overtime and South Dakota erased two 21-point deficits to beat Weber State 52-49 on Saturday.

Weber State’s Taylor Hintze missed a 37-yarder on its second overtime possession to set up the final South Dakota drive.

Coyotes quarterback Chris Streveler accounted for six total touchdowns, four passing and two rushing; while throwing for 173 yards and running for 125 more. His third TD pass to Shamar Jackson with 26 seconds left sent the game into overtime.

“It felt good, obviously,” Streveler said. “We came in with a great game plan and we expected to have some opportunities to get to them. I’m just glad we did.”

South Dakota has won 14 straight home openers. But this one wasn’t easy.

“It would have been easy to hang it up,” Coyotes coach Bob Nielson said. “Our guys hung in there and made the plays at the end of the game that we needed to make. Hopefully it’s a character win we can build on.”

Jackson caught six passes for 81 yards and TDs of 26, 10 and 18 yards.

“This felt really good,” Jackson said. “Before overtime, I said I’m going to win this route and he (Streveler) put his faith in me.”

The Coyotes trailed 21-0 less than seven minutes into the game despite Weber State running just one offensive play. However they rallied for 21 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

Weber State’s defense took charge early. Landon Stice stepped in front of a Streveler pass and returned the interception 63 yards for a score. Next the Coyotes fumbled and Weber State went up 14-0 on its first play when Drew Batchelor tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Jadrian Clark.

Their next possession ended when Streveler was sacked and fumbled and Cardon Malan scooped the ball up for a 1-yard TD run and a Wildcats 21-0 lead.

The teams exchanged touchdowns after that. Streveler scored on runs of 1 and 45 yards to make it 21-14. But Weber State’s Treshawn Garrett broke a 71-yard run on the Wildcats’ next possession.

With 10:25 to play in the first half, Streveler threw a TD pass to Jackson which made it 28-21 at the half.

Weber State pulled away again in the second half, opening with back-to-back scoring drives. Clark tossed a 47-yard TD to Darryl Denby and Cory Thomson added a 1-yard TD run with 4:49 left in the third quarter to make it 42-21.

With 10:21 left in the fourth, the Coyotes began their comeback. Austin Simmons threw an 8-yard TD pass to Riley Donovan, Streveler threw a 42-yard TD to Brandt Van Roekel to make it 42-35, and Streveler guided a 12-play, 67-yard drive to tie the game.

“Obviously we got behind there again,” Nielson said. “The turnover helped us with momentum and we did a good job executing the two-minute drill.”

The teams exchanged touchdowns in the first overtime, setting up the deciding second stanza.

Overall, the Coyotes ran 106 plays for 491 yards, while Weber State had 68 plays for 373 yards.

Trevor Bouma ran 36 times for 150 yards for USD.

Garrett carried 22 times for 141 yards for the Wildcats.

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