NCF Nation: South Dakota Coyotes

Minnesota's last home victory came against South Dakota State on Nov. 14. The score: 16-13.

If only the Gophers could be so lucky against the other team from the Mount Rushmore State.

South Dakota came into TCF Bank Stadium today and stunned Tim Brewster's team 41-38, wiping away any momentum generated from Minnesota's season-opening win at Sun Belt Conference favorite Middle Tennessee.

In the opener, Minnesota held the ball for nearly 46 minutes. Now we know why. The Gophers can't stop anyone.

A defense featuring 11 new starters had no answer for South Dakota and quarterback Dante Warren, who lit up Minnesota for 352 pass yards and three touchdowns and added 81 rushing yards and two scores. Minnesota signal caller Adam Weber did his best, tossing three touchdown passes, and Duane Bennett added 104 rush yards and two scores, but the Gophers aren't really built to win shootouts and shouldn't have been in one against the Coyotes. Kevin Cosgrove's defense simply must get better in a hurry.

Brewster entered the season on the hot seat. Now it's scorching. And USC is coming to town next week.

Ugh.

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