Dickinson State continued its dominance of Dakota State on the football field Saturday afternoon, pulling out a 26-14 win in the fifth annual Ag Bowl. The Blue Hawks have won seven straight over the Trojans and 21 of 23 meetings all-time. Dickinson scored on the first drive of the game and added a punt return for a touchdown to take a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Dakota State then answered with a touchdown drive late in the quarter, capped off by a 5-yard touchdown pass from Torren Devericks to Tucker Bennett.
The Trojans would tie up the contest with a 7 play 77 yard drive in the second quarter, getting a two-yard plunge from Devericks. That score would hold into halftime. In a game that unfolded much like last year’s game at Trojan Field, Dickinson State came out and scored on their first possession of the second half and would hold Dakota State in-check, coming away with the victory to open up the season. The Trojans had opportunities in the second half but were unable to capitalize.
The visiting Blue Hawks out-gained DSU in offensive yards 335 to 234 and out rushed the Trojans 139 to 38. The lack of a run game stymied the Dakota State offense. Marcus Vanden Bosch led the defense with nine total tackles, Jordan Thomas had eight tackles with a forced fumble and fumble recovered, Gustavo Bonilla and Braedon Wallenstein chipped in with eight tackles a piece. The Dakota State Defense did force five fumbles and recovered four, also getting an interception from Wyatt Sanford.
Trojans will hit the road this upcoming Saturday, traveling to Aberdeen to take on Presentation in a night game, with kick off at 7pm.