BROOKINGS, S.D. -- Austin Sumner threw three touchdown passes and South Dakota State totaled more than 500 yards of offense in a 55-14 win against Butler on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.
Jackrabbits offensive stars Sumner and Zach Zenner each had a big game. Sumner, who completed 32 passes for 332 yards, has a good chance to become South Dakota State's all-time leading passer this season. Zenner, who carried the ball 16 times for 177 yards and two TDs, returns after leading the nation in rushing last season.
Sumner's first touchdown pass broke a 7-7 tie and the Jackrabbits rattled off 34 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.
The Jackrabbits amassed 546 yards of total offense compared with Butler's 272.
Butler's Matt Lancaster passed for 140 yards and threw three interceptions. He was also the Bulldogs' leading rusher, with 6 carries for 63 yards.
South Carolina's loss to The Citadel, coupled with Georgia and Florida struggling in tight victories, was an embarrassment for the conference.
Ryan Graham pass complete to Kenny Golladay for 27 yds for a TD (Christian Hagan KICK)
Ryan Graham pass complete to Juwan Brescacin for a loss of 4 yards to the NoIll 17
Riley Neal pass complete to Chris Shillings for 7 yds for a TD
Chase Herbstreit finishes up the regular season going with Ohio State to knock off Michigan, which doesn't come as a shock to the family.
Oklahoma is projected to be in the College Football Playoff after the release of the CFP rankings, while West Virginia joined the bowl-eligible crowd.
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