Valley City State University used a pair of second half touchdowns and a returned two point conversion, to drop Dakota State on Senior Day at Trojan Field, 30-18. The Vikings benefitted from recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff and led 7-0 after a minute into the game. Later in the quarter, DSU tied things up on a 13 yard passing touchdown from Torren Devericks to Cooper McDermott, capping off a 17 play 75 yard drive
Dakota State would take their only lead of the contest a few minutes into the second quarter on a 30-yard field goal from Josh Snook.. Valley would answer with a touchdown drive and held a 14-10 lead at the break. Both teams had two first half turnovers.
VCSU would take command of the contest, opening up the second half with an 8 play 66 yard drive and made it a 21-10 score. Dakota State was without the services of Running Back Brodie Frederiksen, who had aggravated an injury in the first quarter and so they turned to Devericks and Brenner Furlong to carry the load. Devericks scored on a fourth and goal late in the third quarter but his two point pass attempt was picked off and returned for two points in favor of Valley City State.
Another Vikings touchdown in the fourth quarter along with a safety late in the contest ended the scoring at 30-18. Dakota State outgained Valley City State 282 to 249 in the contest, Furlong finished with 119 yards on the ground and Devericks had 55. Noah Guse got his fourth interception of the season and Jordan Thomas recovered a fumble for the DSU defense. Now at 4-5 on the year and 2-4 in conference play, the Trojans will wrap up the season this Saturday on the road versus Presentation College with a 1pm kickoff.