Coming into the game this past weekend Southwest Minnesota State University was coming off a 6-4 season the previous year including a loss to BHSU early in the 2008 season.  This past Saturday Southwest avenged the loss in 2008 as they defeated Black Hills State University 55-10.  Black Hills State entered halftime fresh off an 80-yard drive capped off by a two yard run by senior Clint Nicholes from Afton, Wyoming closing the gap to 21-10.

Black Hills State started the second half with the momentum and they drove the ball from the 35-yard line to the Southwest three-yard line.  At that point a penalty stopped the drive and backed the Yellow Jackets to the eight-yard line.  On the next play the Yellow Jackets took a shot at the end zone to senior wide receiver Corey Wheeler and the play was broken up by a Southwest defender.  BHSU ended up missing a 26 yard field goal and gave the momentum back to the Mustangs.  On the ensuing drive the Mustangs took just three plays to score.  “This was a huge turning point in the game.  Going into halftime we had the momentum and drove the ball all the way down to the three-yard line.  To not come away with points gave Southwest the momentum back.  With the momentum on their side they took a shot at the end zone and it worked,” said Head Coach Jay Long.

“When playing a good Division II team with five freshmen contributing we could not afford to make mistakes.  Southwest took advantage of our inexperience in certain positions,” stated Coach Long.  On a positive not the Yellow Jackets had over 400 yards total offense.  Freshmen running back Cole Benne from Rapid City, South Dakota and Jessen Kirschner from Littleton, Colorado rushed for 99 yards and 94 yards respectively.  Another positive was the defensive line that was a question mark coming into camp was answered as they played well against an experienced big offensive line.

The Yellow Jackets will hit the road again this Thursday as they make a trip down to Alva, Oklahoma to face off against Northwestern Oklahoma State University this Saturday at 1:00 PM CST.  Please tune into KDSJ 980 to listen live Saturday.  More details about the Northwestern Oklahoma State University game will be posted later on in the week.

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