NORMAL, Ill.—South Dakota’s defense forced seven turnovers and Carson Camp and the Coyote offense cashed them in for a 27-20 upset of seventh-ranked Illinois State Saturday at Hancock Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

It was the program’s sixth win against a top-10 team in the last six seasons and South Dakota’s first win in Normal in five tries. The Coyotes have won four consecutive MVFC openers and three of those came on the road.

Camp, a true freshman who played his high school ball less than two miles from Hancock Stadium, passed for 221 yards, ran for 20 and accounted for all three Coyote touchdowns. He became the first true freshman quarterback since 1999 to start a game for USD and the first to start a season opener in recorded history.

Game Recap (South Dakota) | Game Recap (Illinois State) | Box Score

Stadium: Hancock Stadium
Location: Normal,Ill.
Attendance: 1853
Duration: 3:26

USD: Camp,Carson (221 PASS); Henry,Kai (35 RUSH); Bell,Carter (64 REC);

ILS: JEFFERSON,Bryce (280 PASS); BROWN,Pha’leak (86 RUSH); NAGEL,Austin (132 REC);



Hancock Stadium
North Main Street, Normal, McLean County, Illinois, 61790, United States


South Dakota0177327
Illinois State7100320