Dakota State Football hit the road on Saturday for a non-conference match-up with Briar Cliff University in Sioux City and came up on the short end, losing 13-10. Both teams had a slow start offensively as it was tied 0-0 after the first quarter. Mother Nature intervened in the first half, as near-by lightning forced a weather delay with just over seven minutes left in the second quarter. After the lite hiatus, Dakota State was able to find the end zone for the first touchdown of the game, as Brodie Fredricksen scampered in from 22 yards out for his 3 touchdown of the season and the extra point from Casey Bourque was good for a 7-0 lead.
That score would hold until the first drive of the second half, as the Chargers of Briar Cliff got a 54 yard touchdown run from Jordan Williams. The point after was missed and the Trojans held the lead at 7-6. After exchanging possessions, DSU drove into the red zone but had to settle for a short field goal after being sacked on third and goal from the six yard-line.
Briar Cliff would eventually put a drive together a few minutes into the fourth quarter and took the lead for good on a 12 yard run from Stanton Lee and it was 13-10 with ten minutes left in the fourth quarter. Dakota State pieced together a drive and got the ball inside the Briar Cliff 40 yard-line before turning the ball over on downs with four minutes left and the Chargers were able to run out the clock and pick up the victory.
Offensively, DSU was held to less than 200 yards total and failed to reach the century mark in passing. Fredricksen rushed for 107 yards to go along with the lone touchdown of the day for the Trojans. Linebacker Karson Lindblad collected 17 tackles (6 solo) and defensive lineman Braedon Wallenstein had 7 tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception.
DSU, 1-1, will be back in action on September 21st with Homecoming as they welcome in Wisconsin-Stevens Point to Trojan Field.