VERMILLION, S.D. -- Kevin Earl threw an 18-yard fourth quarter touchdown pass to Trevor Bouma, then Miles Bergner kicked a 41-yard field goal with 1:24 remaining as South Dakota rallied to beat Missouri St. 17-14 Saturday.
Kierra Harris threw two interceptions for Missouri State (1-5, 1-1 Missouri Valley), one returned for a 22-yard touchdown by Kyle Guziec to give South Dakota (2-3, 1-1) a 6-0 lead. Harris's interception by Jarrid Bryant on the Coyote 3-yard line killed another drive.
The Coyotes, whose defense averages 119 yards passing allowed per game, held Harris to 72 yards.
Harris did rush for a 3-yard TD to give the Bears a 7-6 lead. The Bears then stopped USD for back-to-back rushing losses before Vernon Scott blocked a punt and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bears a 14-6 lead.
The Coyotes won their first game as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
New Rutgers athletic director Patrick Hobbs has made hiring a football coach his first priority.
Former Hawaii quarterback Nick Rolovich will take over his alma mater and said Monday he plans to focus on the bonds his players develop with one another, not on any specific offense or defense.
The first bowl matchup is set, with Western Michigan joining Middle Tennessee in the Bahamas Bowl, a source said.
The Big Ten issued its first batch of postseason honors on Monday night, unveiling its All-Big Ten teams and individual awards on defense and special teams.
USA Today's Dan Wolken joins The Paul Finebaum Show to weigh in on Mark Richt's exit and his possible replacement.
SEC Network analyst and former LSU player Marcus Spears weighs in on the LSU coaching situation.
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