South Dakota State scored on big play after big play in the first half to roll past Western Illinois, 45-10, in the Jackrabbits’ home football opener Saturday afternoon at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.

With their win in the annual Dairy Drive game, the Jackrabbits improved to 2-1 both overall and in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. WIU dropped to 0-2.

Freshman quarterback Mark Gronowski led the Jackrabbits on touchdown drives on each of their first two offensive series, scoring on a 22-yard run to open the scoring and then taking advantage of a short field after an interception as Pierre Strong, Jr. scored from a yard out.

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

Stadium: Dana J. Dykhouse
Location: Brookings, S.D.
Attendance: 2347
Duration: 3:10

WIU: Sampson, Connor (278 PASS); Pua’auli, I. (44 RUSH); Daniels, Dallas (111 REC);

SDSU: Mark Gronowski (178 PASS); Mark Gronowski (120 RUSH); Jadon Janke (70 REC);



Dykhouse Stadium
North Campus Drive, Brookings, Brookings County, South Dakota, 57007, United States


Western Illinois370010
South Dakota State14283045