- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota State junior receiver Jake Wieneke has put up big numbers in his career, but sometimes little numbers mean just as much.

Wieneke caught just three passes for 19 yards, but all three were for touchdowns as the Jackrabbits beat Drake 56-28 on Saturday in the first game at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.

Wieneke’s third touchdown was the 32nd of his career, tying him with Jeff Tiefenthaler for the school career TD reception record.

“They had a good scheme running against him,” SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier said. “It wasn’t about Jake Wieneke. That’s why Dallas (Goedert) was open and why Connor made some plays. It’s about winning football games. Credit our staff, that’s why they went away from him.”

Nine different SDSU receivers had catches.

The Jackrabbits (1-1) took control in the first half while racing out to a 28-14 lead on their way to a sixth straight home-opening win.

SDSU quarterback Taryn Christion threw for 169 of his 224 yards and three of his four touchdowns, a career high, in the first two quarters. All three of those scores went to Wieneke.

Christion completed 24 of 28 passes. Zac Lujan, a former SDSU starter, came on in the fourth quarter and completed all three of his passes for 49 yards and a TD.

Christion tossed scoring passes of 3 and 15 yards in the first quarter and scored on a 36-yard run for a 21-0 lead. After Drake (0-2) got a 3-yard TD pass from Cody Thibault to Eric Saubert, Christion hit Wieneke for a 1-yard TD.

“Especially the start of the game, he was really on,” Stiegelmeier said of Christion. “It was a great execution of the game plan.”

Drake closed the half with a 3-yard Conley Wilkins run.

“Finally, we woke up and started playing good football,” Drake coach Rick Fox said.

Stiegelmeier saw it more as what the Jacks weren’t doing. “They were human beings relaxing,” he said. “It was too easy to start out with . True champions will finish every play and every series.”

Defensive lineman Jared Blum added to the Jacks’ lead with an interception and TD. Blum snared an Andrew Clifford pass at the 3-yard line and dived into the end zone with 1:53 left in the third quarter.

Drake’s next possession ended on an Austin Smenda interception that led to Christion’s fourth TD pass, a 3-yard, one-handed Goedert TD reception that broke the game open with 14:56 to play.

“That’s a pretty special play,” Stiegelmeier said.

Goedert had four catches for 52 yards. Adam Anderson and Connor Landberg had five catches each.

SDSU added a touchdown less than two minutes later when Cody Hazelett blocked a punt and Jake Harms ran it in from two yards out for a 49-14 lead.

Drake responded with an 87-yard kickoff return for a TD by Drew Lauer, but that was the Bulldogs’ lone bright spot in the second half.

Brady Mengarelli ran seven times for a team-high 69 yards as the Jacks gained 187 yards on the grounds.

Drake ran for just 86 yards, while quarterbacks Grant Kreamer and Thibault combined for 224 yards.

SDSU had a 460-310 advantage in total yards.

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