BY JEREMY HOECK
VERMILLION — A game the league newcomers could have won did not play out that way because of an early hole and more mistakes.
There will be plenty of learning moments for the University of South Dakota as it wades through the Missouri Valley Football Conference waters, and Saturday afternoon gave the Coyotes plenty of those.
In a contest that saw nearly 1,000 combined yards of offense, No. 12-ranked Illinois State held off USD 34-31 at the DakotaDome.
“We felt like, coming in, we were as good if not better than Illinois state,” said USD sophomore receiver Terrence Terry, who led with seven catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. “We felt like we had a good game plan, and we executed that game plan.
“In the Missouri Valley, you have to win close games, and we just couldn’t do it today.”