BY JEREMY HOECK
With the prospect of an 0-3 conference start on the line Saturday, the University of South Dakota will face Missouri State for homecoming Saturday afternoon in Springfield.
Both sides understand what’s at stake.
“We’ve got to do something special,” said coach Joe Glenn, whose Coyotes (2-4, 0-2) are looking for their first victory outdoors in four years.
The last two meetings between the programs have been decided by three points: Missouri State won 27-24 at home in 2012, while USD won 17-14 in Vermillion last season.
“I expect it it’ll probably be that way this week,” Missouri State coach Terry Allen said. “Joe’s done a great job with that team, they’re better than they’ve been in the past.
“They’ve got their quarterback back, so they’ll be a handful.”
Though junior quarterback Kevin Earl returned for last Saturday’s game, the Coyotes were dealt a couple other dings to some offensive weapons in the loss to Northern Iowa.
Wide receiver Riley Donovan passed a concussion test Tuesday morning, Glenn said, while tight end Aaron Ramsey will have an MRI on a knee.
Despite the 0-2 league start, spirits remain high in Coyote land, according to Glenn.
“We’re capable. We can do this,” he said. “We can get in the ring with pretty much anyone in our league, and we’ve got to keep improving and do it right.”