South Dakota State Jackrabbits football

Last updated
South Dakota State Jackrabbits football
AmericanFootball current event.svg 2020 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team
South Dakota State University logo.svg
First season1900
Athletic directorJustin Sell
Head coach John Stiegelmeier
24th season, 173–106 (.620)
Stadium Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
(capacity: 19,340)
Year built2016
Field surfaceTurf
Location Brookings, South Dakota
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Missouri Valley
Past conferences NCC (1922–2003), Great West (2004–2007)
All-time record61847238 (.565)
Playoff record11-10
Conference titles
  • NCC (14)
    1922, 1924, 1925, 1933, 1939, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963
  • GWC (1)
    2007
  • MVFC (2)
    2016, 2020
Rivalries North Dakota State (main rivalry)
South Dakota (rivalry)
North Dakota
The Dakota Four
ColorsBlue and yellow [1]
         
Fight songRing the Bell
MascotJack Rabbit
Marching bandThe Pride of the Dakotas
NCAA FCS Playoff Appearances(10) 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Website Jackrabbit Football

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team represents South Dakota State University in college football. The program competes at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level as member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC). The Jackrabbits play their home games at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on South Dakota State's campus in Brookings, South Dakota. South Dakota State is considered to be among the few perennial powers in the FCS. South Dakota State is also one of only 13 FCS schools to host ESPN's College GameDay . GameDay came in 2019 when the #3 Jackrabbits hosted the #1 NDSU Bison, where they lost a close battle 23-16 after losing their starting QB to a season ending knee injury.

Contents

History

The Jackrabbits were an NCAA Division II program in the North Central Conference until moving to the Football Championship Subdivision in 2004. The current head coach is John Stiegelmeier. In March 2007, SDSU initially began their Division I FCS era by being a charter member of the now-defunct Great West Football Conference (along with North Dakota State, Southern Utah, Cal Poly, UC Davis, Northern Colorado) and stayed there until 2007 when they were accepted into the Missouri Valley Football Conference and began league play in the 2008 season. South Dakota State University has invested in their football program's facilities recently as they have some of the finest amenities and facilities at the FCS level including the largest video/scoreboard in the FCS (2015) a new 19,340 seat stadium (2016), and a large state-of-the-art student-athlete center in the north end zone (2010). Connected to the student-athlete center is one of the largest indoor practice facilities in NCAA Division I (completed in 2014). Due to the success of the NDSU and SDSU football program, SDSU football and the Dakota Marker game was featured on ESPN’s nationally televised College GameDay on October 26th, 2019, becoming one of only a few FCS programs to be featured on the show. South Dakota State has reached the National Championship Subdivision semi-finals three times in 2017, 2018 and 2020 respectively. They advanced to their first national championship game on May, 8th 2021 after defeating Delaware 33-3 in the national semi-finals. They played #2 Sam Houston State for the National Championship on May 16th, 2021 and lost 23-21. The Jackrabbits finished the season 8-2 and National Runner-Up.

Classifications

Conference affiliations

Players in the National Football League

A total of 34 Jackrabbits have played for NFL teams, including two currently.[ when? ][ citation needed ]

28 Jackrabbits have been drafted in the NFL Draft. Jim Langer is the only Jackrabbit, to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Record versus Missouri Valley Football Conference

Jim Langer
2x Super Bowl Champion,
SDSU's sole NFL Hall of Famer Jim Langer in 1969, SDSU.jpg
Jim Langer
2x Super Bowl Champion,
SDSU's sole NFL Hall of Famer
RivalRecord (W–L–T)Winning Percentage
Illinois State4–6.400
Indiana State7–2.777
Missouri State10–1.909
North Dakota State41–60–5.410
Northern Iowa21–28–1.430
South Dakota55–52–7.513
Southern Illinois5–3.625
Western Illinois10–4.714
Youngstown State13–6.684

FCS Playoffs results

The Jackrabbits have appeared in the FCS playoffs 10 times with an overall record of 11–10. With their best finish being runners-up in 2020.

YearRoundOpponentResult
2009 First RoundMontanaL 48–61
2012 First Round
Second Round
Eastern Illinois
North Dakota State
W 58–10
L 3–28
2013 First Round
Second Round
Northern Arizona
Eastern Washington
W 26–7
L 17–41
2014 First Round
Second Round
Montana State
North Dakota State
W 47–40
L 24–27
2015 First RoundMontanaL 17–24
2016 Second Round
Quarterfinals
Villanova
North Dakota State
W 10–7
L 10–36
2017 Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Northern Iowa
New Hampshire
James Madison
W 37–22
W 56–14
L 16-51
2018 Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Duquesne
Kennesaw State
North Dakota State
W 51-6
W 27–17
L 21–44
2019 Second RoundNorthern IowaL 10–13
2020 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Championship
Holy Cross
Southern Illinois
Delaware
Sam Houston State
W 31-3
W 31-26
W 33-3
L 23-21

Division II Playoffs results

The Jackrabbits have appeared in the Division II playoffs one time with an overall record of 0–1.[ citation needed ]

YearRoundOpponentResult
1979 QuarterfinalsYoungstown StateL 7–51

Head coaches

#CoachTenure
1Morrison1900
2 L. L. Gilkey 1901
3 J. Harrison Werner 1903
4 William Blaine 1904
5 William Juneau 1905–1908
6 Jason M. Saunderson 1909–1910
7 Fred Johnson 1911
8 Harry W. Ewing 1912–1917
9No team1918
10 Charles A. West 1919–1927
11 Cy Kasper 1928–1933
12 Red Threlfall 1934–1937
13 Jack V. Barnes 1938–1940
14 Thurlo McCrady 1941–1946
15 Ralph Ginn 1947–1968
16 Dave Kragthorpe 1969
17 Dean Pryor 1970–1971
18 John Gregory 1972–1981
19 Wayne Haensel 1982–1990
20 Mike Daly 1991–1996
21 John Stiegelmeier 1997–present

Facilities

Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium - named for university benefactor and former football player Dana J. Dykhouse. Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium 2016.jpg
Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium – named for university benefactor and former football player Dana J. Dykhouse.

In 2014, South Dakota State University started construction of a new stadium on the location of the current Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. The new stadium has a total seating capacity of 19,340 with easy expansion to 22,500.

The Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex is the Jackrabbits new State-of-the-art indoor practice facility. The facility was opened on October 11, 2014. The SJAC has bleacher seating for up to 1,000 spectators and can be used for football practice, track practice, softball and baseball practice, track competitions, and other events within the SDSU athletic department. The 149,284-square foot facility is the largest indoor practice facility in Division I athletics and features an eight-lane, 300-meter track which is only one of five collegiate indoor tracks of that size in the nation. Inside the track is an 80-yard football field plus end zones at each end and is composed of a soy-based Astroturf. Within the facility it has areas for sports medicine and strength and conditioning. Sports medicine features include rehab space, a training room, weight room expansion, hydrotherapy, a football team room, offices and academic advising facilities. The SJAC is used by many of SDSU's athletic programs.

All-Time statistical leaders

[ when? ]

Single-game leaders

Single-Season leaders

Career leaders

Media coverage

All home and road games are covered on the Jackrabbit Sports Network. The broadcast range of the Jackrabbit Sports Network covers eight states (South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, and Wyoming), and consists of the following stations:

The team does not have an official television partner, but Jackrabbit games have been televised on Midco Sports Net, Fox College Sports, the Big Ten Network, Fox Sports North, ESPN+, ESPN, ABC and local television networks.

Record against FBS competition

Overall 1–9.

SeasonOpponentConferenceResultRecord
2008 Iowa State Big 12 L 17–440–1
2009 Minnesota Big Ten L 13–160–2
2010 Nebraska Big 12L 3–170–3
2011 Illinois Big TenL 3–560–4
2012 Kansas Big 12L 17–310–5
2013 Nebraska Big TenL 20–590–6
2014 Missouri SEC L 18–380–7
2015 Kansas Big 12W 41–381–7
2016 TCU Big 12L 41–591–8
2018 Iowa State Big 12Canceled by weather
2019 Minnesota Big TenL 21-281-9
2021 Colorado State Mountain WestTBDTBD

Related Research Articles

South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University is a public land-grant research university in Brookings, South Dakota. Founded in 1881, it is the state's largest and most comprehensive university and the oldest continually-operating university in South Dakota. The university is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents, which governs the state's six public universities and two special schools.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks represent the University of North Dakota, competing as a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) in the NCAA Division I's Football Championship Subdivision. From 1973 to 2008, they played in the NCAA's NCAA Division II, winning the National Championship in 2001. From 1955 to 1972, they competed in the NCAA's College Division where they participated in and won three bowl games.

North Dakota State Bison football College Football team of North Dakota State University

The North Dakota State Bison football program represents North Dakota State University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level and competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Bison play in the 19,000 seat Fargodome located in Fargo. The Bison have won sixteen national championships and 36 conference championships. They won five-consecutive NCAA Division I FCS National Championships between 2011 and 2015 as well as three more consecutively between 2017 and 2019. NDSU is the only college football program to ever win five consecutive NCAA national championships, and hold the record for most FCS titles with eight.

Dakota Marker Award

The Dakota Marker is the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual football game played between the rival Division I Championship Subdivision North Dakota State University Bison and the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits. Both schools are members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are the 19 intercollegiate teams representing South Dakota State University that compete in the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. SDSU is currently a member of the Summit League, the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Big 12 Conference and Varsity Equestrian. The university won numerous conference championships and several national titles including the NCAA College Division national title in men's basketball in 1963 and the NCAA Division II national title in women's basketball in 2003.

James Madison Dukes football

The James Madison Dukes football program represents James Madison University in the sport of American football. The Dukes compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) as members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The university first fielded a football team in 1972, and the Dukes play at the on-campus Bridgeforth Stadium in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Dukes are currently coached by Curt Cignetti.

Missouri State Bears football Football program representing Missouri State University

The Missouri State Bears football program is the college football team that represents Missouri State University located in Springfield, Missouri, United States. Missouri State competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits womens basketball

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits women's basketball team is part of the athletic program at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. The NCAA Division I team is a member of The Summit League. The Jackrabbits head coach is Aaron Johnston.

2013 North Dakota State Bison football team In the 2013 NCAA Division I FCS football season

The 2013 North Dakota State Bison football team represented North Dakota State University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by head coach Craig Bohl, in his 11th and ultimately final season, as he left to become the head coach at Wyoming after the season. The team, which played their 21st season in the Fargodome, entered the season as the two-time defending national champions. The Bison have been members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference since the 2008 season.

South Dakota–South Dakota State football rivalry Collegiate football rivalry

The South Dakota–South Dakota State football rivalry between the South Dakota Coyotes and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits is a yearly rivalry match-up in football between the two largest public universities in the state of South Dakota: the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and South Dakota State University in Brookings.

2016 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team American college football season

The 2016 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team represented South Dakota State University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 20th-year head coach John Stiegelmeier and played their home games at their new stadium Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. They finished the season 9–4, 7–1 in MVFC play to finish in a tie for the MVFC title. Due to their head-to-head victory over North Dakota State, they received the MVFC's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs where they defeated Villanova in the second round, before losing in the quarterfinals to North Dakota State.

2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season

The 2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States, was organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The FCS Championship Game was played on January 7, 2017, in Frisco, Texas. The James Madison Dukes defeated the Youngstown State Penguins, 28–14, to capture their second National Championship in team history.

2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season

The 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States, was organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The FCS Championship Game was played on January 6, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. The North Dakota State Bison beat the James Madison Dukes, 17–13, to capture their sixth title in seven years.

2017 North Dakota State Bison football team American college football season

The 2017 North Dakota State Bison football team represented North Dakota State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Chris Klieman. The team played their 25th season in the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota as members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Bison finished the season 14–1, 7–1 in MVFC play to win the MVFC championship for the seventh consecutive year. As a result, the Bison received the conference's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs as the No. 2 seed. In the playoffs, they defeated San Diego, Wofford, and Sam Houston State to advance to the National Championship game. There they defeated James Madison 17–13 to win the school's sixth National Championship in seven years. The September 30 game against Missouri State was the 700th victory since the team's founding in 1894.

2017 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team American college football season

The 2017 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team represented South Dakota State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 21st-year head coach John Stiegelmeier and played their home games at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings, South Dakota as members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Jackrabbits finished the season 11–3, 6–2 in MVFC play to finish in a tie for second place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated Northern Iowa in the second round and New Hampshire in the quarterfinals before losing in the semifinals to James Madison.

2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season

The 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States, was organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The FCS Championship Game was played on January 5, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. North Dakota State claimed its second consecutive FCS title, and seventh in eight years.

2018 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team American college football season

The 2018 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team represented South Dakota State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 22nd-year head coach John Stiegelmeier and played their home games at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings, South Dakota as members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. They finished the season 10–3, 6–2 in MVFC play to finish in second place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated Duquesne in the second round and Kennesaw State in the quarterfinals, before losing in the semifinals to North Dakota State.

2019 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team American college football season

The 2019 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team represented South Dakota State University in the 2019 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 23rd-year head coach John Stiegelmeier and played their home games at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings, South Dakota as members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. They finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in MVFC play to finish in a three-way tie for third place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where, after a first round bye, they lost in the second round to Northern Iowa.

2020 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team American college football season

The 2020 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team represented South Dakota State University in the 2020–21 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 24th-year head coach John Stiegelmeier and played their home games at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings, South Dakota as members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

2021 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game Postseason college football game

The 2021 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game played to determine a national champion in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision for the 2020–21 season. It was played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on May 16, 2021. It was the culminating game of the 2020–21 FCS Playoffs. The Sam Houston State Bearkats defeated the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 23–21.

References

  1. "South Dakota State Jackrabbits Media Information". July 17, 2017. Retrieved November 4, 2018.