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Jeff Kolpack, Published September 04 2012

SDSU offers hurricane help

FARGO – South Dakota State had all of its eyes last week on playing the University of Kansas, but not everybody on staff at SDSU had the same philosophy. Hurricane Isaac had assistant athletic director Rob Peterson’s attention.

The Jackrabbits play at Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday and SDSU offered to switch a home-and-home contract if the storm caused unforeseen damage. The plans included using the airplane that the Jacks already contracted to charter to Louisiana.

“We had it all set up,” said SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier.

But the hurricane did not cause any extensive damage to the field or the university. Stiegelmeier said the only concern was hotel accommodations, but that turned out not to be an issue.

Southeastern plays in the Southland Conference and lost its season opener 62-10 at Missouri.

Elsewhere around the Valley:

E North Dakota State center Joe Lund was named the Missouri Valley Offensive Lineman of the Week. The center graded out at 98 percent in a coaching evaluation, allowing no quarterback sacks or hurries in NDSU’s 52-0 win over Robert Morris.

E Youngstown State head coach Eric Wolford said his team was confident it could beat Pittsburgh last Saturday, which it did 31-17.

“This sounds crazy, but we knew we could win that game,” he said. “We felt we were the better team going into that game. We were faster and just as physical.”

E Missouri State was tied with Kansas State 9-9 late in the third quarter before the Wildcats rolled 51-9. For its reward of a good effort, MSU gets a date with another FBS school on Saturday, playing at Louisville.

“A Louisville team that’s more athletic than the Kansas State team,” said head coach Terry Allen.

E Southern Illinois had a major defensive lapse in a 49-28 season-opening loss at Eastern Illinois. It doesn’t get any easier for the Salukis on Saturday when they travel to Miami (Ohio) of the FBS Mid-American Conference.

The RedHawks feature senior quarterback Zach Dysert, who is about to become just the 22nd quarterback in MAC history to throw for at least 50 touchdowns. “He’s capable of making any throw in the book,” said SIU head coach Dale Lennon.

E Illinois State also has a MAC opponent in Eastern Michigan on the road. Eastern went 4-4 in the league and 6-6 overall last year.

E The frenetic schedule of Northern Iowa continues Saturday when the Panthers host Division II Central State (Ohio). It comes between Big Ten games Wisconsin – a narrow 26-21 loss last week – and at Iowa next week.

The Badgers were up 19-0 and had the ball before the Panthers rallied.

E Like NDSU, South Dakota has a new playing surface with its AstroTurf at the DakotaDome, which will be unveiled Saturday in its home opener against Colgate. USD head coach Joe Glenn will also be part of halftime ceremonies when the 1968 Coyotes team that he played on will be inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia

Kolpack is the host of the WDAY Golf Show Saturdays from 8-9 a.m. on 970-AM.