In a defense slugfest on Saturday at Trojan Field, it was the visiting Vikings of Valley City State University that would come away with a hard fought 14-6 win over Dakota State University. The teams combined for 24 punts in the contest, both had nine total first downs and the biggest factor was turnovers. Both of the Vikings touchdowns, which came in the first half, were off of turnovers. Dakota State rotated a pair of freshman quarterbacks, which produced mixed results at times.

Their lone score came on the final possession of the game, a 19-play 90 yard drive. It included a few fourth down conversions, as Madison’s own Tyler Tappe engineered the successful drive. He capped it off with a touchdown pass to Jacob Hirsch with no time on the clock. The Trojan defense had a bevy of tackles-for-loss but spent much of the game on the field, as the Vikings held the ball for over 38 minutes.

The loss dropped DSU to 2-5 on the season. They are scheduled to play Mayville State on Thursday at 5pm in Mayville, North Dakota. That would be the final game of the fall season.