BROOKINGS, S.D. -- South Dakota State earned a chance at the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs Saturday afternoon with a 31-8 win over in-state rival South Dakota in the teams' first gridiron matchup in nine years.
The Jackrabbits (8-3, 6-2 Missouri Valley Football Conference) were led by running back Zach Zenner, who gained 164 yards on 28 attempts with one touchdown. It marked the eighth time he gained more than 100 yards this season.
SDSU quarterback Austin Sumner was 20 of 30 for 272 yards with one touchdown.
South Dakota got its only score on a blocked punt and 27-yard return with just under 8 minutes left in the game. USD (1-10, 0-8 MVFC) ends its season without a conference win.
Receiver Will Powell led the Coyotes with seven catches for 110 yards.
Dabo Swinney shows his fun and spontaneous side in recruiting, a trait that filters throughout the Clemson program.
The state of Minnesota had an unusual number of strong prospects, and Tracy Claeys was able to convince several to stay at home.
The Aggies' class, which includes eight ESPN 300 prospects, was ranked 20th nationally, but that's down from 12th last season and fourth in 2014.
Texas Tech figures to lean on rising juniors Ian Sadler and Cameron Batson as it tries to replace the production of departing WR Jakeem Grant.
LSU's collection of talent signed Wednesday at defensive line, wide receiver and defensive back is among the best in the country.
Michigan State has its Messiah, and Northwestern can unchain Jango, while Nebraska has Dicaprio to act its way out of any trouble.
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|South Dakota State||5-3||8-4|