How to watch, what to know
South Dakota State travels to western Illinois on Saturday after the Jacks lost a 20-point lead in a loss to southern Illinois, squeezing them to 8th in this week’s poll .
The Jackrabbits are 4-1 (1-1 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference) heading into Saturday’s game against Western Illinois (1-5, 1-2)
Things to Know About South Dakota State Football vs. Western Illinois Football
WHEN OR: Saturday noon at Hanson Field, Macomb, Ill.
ONLINE BROADCAST:ESPN +
RADIO: WNAX-AM 570; Jackrabbit Radio Affiliates
COACHES: SDSU – John Stiegelmeier (Grade 25, 178-108); WIU – Jared Elliott (4th grade, 8-27)
SERIES: SDSU leads 11-5
LAST TIME: SDSU won 45-10 last spring at Brookings
LAST WEEK: SDSU lost 42-41 in overtime to Southern Illinois; WIU lost 37-27 to Indiana State
RANKS: SDSU is ranked # 8 in the Top 25 FCS
Following:Western Illinois gives SDSU football a chance to prove they learned from their first loss
KEY PLAYERS: SDSU – RB Pierre Strong (648 yards, 7 TD on the ground, 2 TD on the pass), TE Tucker Kraft (26 rec., 320 yards, 4 TD), WR Jadon Janke (15 rec., 310 yards, 4 TD) , QB Chris Oladokun (1079 yards, 12 TDs passing), LB Adam Bock (41 tackles, 1 INT), LB Isaiah Stalbird (21 tackles); WIU – QB Connor Sampson (1,860 yards, 16 TDs), WR Dennis Houston (49 rec., 687 yards, 5 TD), RB Ludovick Choquette (102 yards, 2 TD rushing, 23 rec., 214 yards, 4 TD received ), DB Michael Lawson (65 tackles, 4 INT), DB Darius Joiner (77 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT)
Following:South Dakota state defeat over issues exposed in southern Illinois could prove costly
ETC: SDSU has won three straight games against the Leathernecks, scoring 52, 52 and 45 points in those three games…. Sampson threw for a career-high 449 yards last week against the Sycamores. He ranks fourth in the country for passing yards and fifth for touchdowns…. Houston leads all FCS in receiving yards…. Joiner ranks third in the country in tackles…. SDSU had three turnovers in their loss to SIU after not having had any in their first four games…. The Jacks have scored 40 or more points in all five games this season…. Bock had a career-high 17 tackles last week…. All-conference SDSU linebacker Logan Backhaus is questionable to play after he left at the start of last week’s loss…. WIU, like SDSU, also lost to Southern Illinois by failing to convert a potential two-point conversion winning streak into overtime.