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Here are some tidbits, stats, news and quotes from today’s Great West Conference football coaches’ teleconference.
** Among Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams, the University of South Dakota ranks first in total offense, third in rushing offense, fifth in scoring offense and 19th in passing offense. Those 52 points against St. Ambrose and 70 points against Culver-Stockton can do wonders for your stats, I guess.
** No. 11 Cal Poly took Northwestern State to the woodshed, demolishing the Louisiana-based team 52-18. Mustangs’ QB Jonathan Dally threw for 224 yards and accounted for 4 touchdowns. Cal Poly (2-1) is one scary team when it can get 118 rushing yards from little-used James Noble, head coach Rich Ellerson said. “The good news is, he’s really doing something when he gets touches.”
** The best quote of the teleconference came from USD coach Ed Meierkort (big surprise; dude is hilarious) when talking about his team’s close losses to FCS teams: “We decided that knocking on the door isn’t good enough … I guess you have to kick it down.” And speaking of next week’s opponent, Montana State, Meierkort said the Bobcats “could be the best team we’ll face this year.”
** Following a 38-35 win at Idaho State last Thursday, North Dakota heads to Cajun Country to face Southeastern Louisiana — a team that narrowly held off USD. Of SLU, North Dakota coach Chris Mussman said, “I look at them and see a team that’s faster then Idaho State.” And of USD’s loss at Southeastern, Mussman said, “That gives us a little bit of a measuring stick, because we know how talented South Dakota is.”
** Northern Arizona intercepted a Southern Utah pass in the end zone with 23.4 seconds remaining in a 19-14 win Saturday. Of the loss, SUU coach Ed Lamb said, “In the end, we missed a golden opportunity. It was a great chance for us to do something special; it was very disappointing.”
** And for UC Davis, the misfortune continues, as the Aggies dropped a 29-24 decision to fourth-ranked Montana on the road. Oddly, Montana’s three wins this year have come against Great West teams. UC Davis (1-3) have lost its three games by a combined 11 points, but trust me, this team is one of the best 1-3 squads in the country. Coach Bob Biggs joked, “We’re done with moral victories. We know we’re a good football team, but now we need to string together some wins.”
** A look at Great West action this weekend: USD is at Montana State, UC Davis travels east to face Northeastern, North Dakota is at Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Utah is at Texas State, and Cal Poly is off.