5 things you might've missed in South Dakota's 20-13 win over UND

UND dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

South Dakota running back Nate Thomas pushes for yardage against the North Dakota linebacker Devon Krzanowski on Saturday in Vermillion. South Dakota downed No. 13 UND 20-13. Photo/South Dakota Athletics

1. UND's starting nose guard injured

UND starting nose guard Jalen Morrison was injured in the first half against South Dakota and didn't return. After the game, Morrison had his leg wrapped and was on crutches.

The Fighting Hawks started the second half with backup Chandon Pierre at nose guard.

Morrison, a 6-foot-2, 290-pound senior, entered the game with seven tackles this season.

Pierre finished the game with five tackles.

2. USD's kicker nailed a 54-yard field goal

South Dakota kicker Mason Lorber drilled a 54-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.


The kick gave the Coyotes a 20-10 lead and easily had the distance. UND cornerback Evan Holm was in the back of the end zone in case Lorber's kick came up short.

Lorber's 54-yarder tied a school record for South Dakota.

The senior has made eight straight kicks after missing at Kansas to start the year.

3. UND holds out Maag and Navratil, doesn't travel Stage

When UND came out for warm-ups, there was one surprise among those not participating.

As expected, the Fighting Hawks held out wide receiver Garett Maag, who has tried to play through a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 1.

It was also expected UND wouldn't play outside linebacker Josh Navratil and wide receiver Tyler Burian, as both players were injured last week against North Dakota State.

Kicker Adam Stage, however, was a surprise absence. UND needed to use Brady Stevens on field goals and one extra point. Stevens was 2-for-2 on field goals with makes from 25 and 41 yards.

Stevens is a junior walk-on from Highlands Ranch, Colo. He has handled the kickoff duties at least part-time the past three seasons but has never handled field goals or extra points.


4. UND comes up empty after punt block

UND safety Jayson Coley blocked a South Dakota punt in the second quarter, but the Fighting Hawks couldn't turn the play into points.

"I thought that was a key part of the game," Schweigert said.

Coley was actually credited for deflecting another punt later in the game.

After his block in the second quarter, UND's offense took over at the USD 33. UND tried a deep ball from Tommy Schuster to Jake Richter but the two couldn't connect.

After a 4-yard Otis Weah run, Schuster was sacked on third-and-6 for a 10-yard loss by Nick Gaes and the Hawks were forced to punt.

5. UND was held to its fewest rushing yards since 2019

UND rushed for just 50 team yards, which is the lowest total since the Fighting Hawks ran for 44 yards in the final game of the 2019 season -- an FCS playoff loss at Nicholls State.

Preseason All-American Otis Weah ran 15 times for 58 yards for an average of 3.9 yards per carry.

Quincy Vaughn added one carry for 2 yards -- a fourth-down pickup in the fourth quarter.


Tommy Schuster was credited with three carries for minus-10 yards. As a team, UND rushed for 2.6 yards per carry.

The Yotes entered the game with a reputation for stopping the run. South Dakota was giving up just 2.4 yards per carry and still have yet to allow a rushing touchdown.

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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