By Matt Zimmer
Courtesy of the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader
College Sports Journal
LAWRENCE, Kan. — For most of its existence as a football program, South Dakota State’s biggest wins came against regional foes, like in-state rivals at USD, and fellow Division II schools from North Dakota and Minnesota.
There have been some big ones, too, since the Jacks joined the Division I FCS level 12 years ago, but still, programs like the University of Kansas existed on another planet in the sports universe.
They played on national TV, in multi-level stadiums, in a power conference loaded with the best athletes in the country. The idea of the Jackrabbits playing and beating one of those teams was, for a very long time, only a dream.
Saturday at KU’s Memorial Stadium, that dream became a reality.
In their eighth try against major college football program, the Jacks got their signature victory as a Division I team, beating the Jayhawks of Kansas and the Big 12 41-38 in front of 30,144 Memorial Stadium fans.