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Dakota State University
Briar Cliff
Football - Sat, Sep. 9, 2017

The Briar Cliff football played its first home game of the 2017 season, and the first game back at Memorial Field since 2014, falling 49-33 to Dakota State. The loss dropped the Chargers to 0-3 this season, while the Trojans improved to 1-2. 

The two teams played a scoreless first quarter and Dakota State was the first team on the scoreboard with a blocked punt returned for a TD at the 9:36 mark in the second quarter to go up 7-0. Briar Cliff answered less than two minutes later to draw even at 7-7 when Noah Ylagan scampered into the endzone from 12 yards out. The two teams then combined for three more TD's before the half, including another Ylagan touchdown from 20 yards away, to make the score 21-14 in favor of DSU at the break. The Trojans scored first in the third quarter to push ahead 28-14 but the Chargers wouldn't go away as Dillon Ruelas threw a nine yard strike to Miles Jones in the corner of the endzone to bring BC within seven at 28-21. Dakota State would again push their lead to 14 at 35-21 before Kwame Johnson had a four yard rushing score, but a missed PAT made the score 35-27. Dakota State then scored two TDs in the fourth quarter to take a 49-27 lead before Johnson found paydirt again with 2:35 left in the game to make the final score 49-33.

Both teams racked up 29 first downs in the contest but Dakota State had the edge in total yardage 628-498 with 354 yards passing and 274 rushing, compared to BC having 309 yards passing and 189 yards on the ground. Turnovers plagued the Chargers with five but the Cliff defense did force two interceptions of its own. The Charger defense also stood strong on third down, holding the Trojans to 4-12 third down attempts, compared to BC's offense going 7-15 on third down.

Ylagan continued his climb up the Briar Cliff rushing charts, moving into second place all-time in career rushing with 1,249. His afternoon was highlighted by two trips into the endzone with 148 yards on 21 carries. Johnson also scored twice on the ground with 57 yards on 20 carries. Freshman quarterback Dillon Ruelas dazzled in his first competition in the Blue and Gold, going 18-28 passing for 240 yards with one TD and one interception. Jones paced the receivers with seven catches for 95 yards and a score, while Logann Freeman added five catches for 83 yards.

Nate Ericson paced BC's defense with 12 tackles and he also added an interception. Materno Hassan was second in tackles with eight, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss. Hank Glaros had a sack for four yards and two tackles and Solomon Joseph had a pick to go with three tackles.

Jacob Giles was the star of Dakota State's offense, rolling up 354 passing yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions on 26-42 passing. His leading receiver was Austin Opdahl with seven catches for 104 yards.

Briar Cliff will be on the road next weekend, playing at Midland with a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. 

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