Scores

Final

South Dakota 17

(3-5, 0-4 away)

N Colorado 21

(3-6, 2-3 home)

3:35 PM ET, October 31, 2009

Nottingham Field, Greeley, CO

1 2 3 4 T
SDAK 0 10 7 017
UNCO 7 7 0 721

Top Performers

Passing: B. Waggener (UNCO) - 281 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Harris (UNCO) - 19 CAR, 57 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Thompson (UNCO) - 7 REC, 109 YDS, 1 TD

N. Colorado 21, South Dakota 17

Associated Press

GREELEY, Colo. -- Bryan Waggener threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns as Northern Colorado rallied to beat South Dakota 21-17 Saturday.

Andre Harris scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to cap a 13-play, 89-yard drive with 5:20 left to give the Bears the victory.

South Dakota (3-5) trailed 14-0 with 13:16 left in the first half before rallying. Noah Shepard threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Dustin Nowotny kicked a field goal to give the Coyotes (3-3) a 17-14 lead early in the third quarter.

After taking the early lead, Northern Colorado (3-6) couldn't generate much offense until early in the fourth quarter.

Pinned at his own 11, Waggener directed the game-winning drive, which was aided by a 15-yard pass-interference penalty that gave the Bears a first down at the Coyotes' 26.

Harris scored five plays later to give Northern Colorado the lead.

South Dakota, which had scored touchdowns on two long drives, drove to the Bears 42 on its ensuing possession, but Logan Zabel intercepted Shepard at the 25. After holding Northern Colorado, the Coyotes got the ball back at their own 20 with 1:38 left, but Shepard threw four straight incompletions.

Alex Thompson had seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown for Northern Colorado, which had lost five of its last six. Harris finished with 57 yards rushing.

Northern Colorado took a 7-0 lead when Waggener hit Thompson with a 53-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter. After taking over on downs at their own 22, the Bears drove down and scored on Jace Davis' 24-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter.

The Coyotes, who have lost four straight, then started their comeback. Shepard hit Tom Flanagan with an 8-yard touchdown pass with 1:01 left in the first half, then scored on a keeper from the 1 with 9:40 left in the third quarter to give South Dakota a 17-14 lead.

Shepard was 23 of 40 for 212 yards and two interceptions, and he ran for 46 yards. Chris Ganious led the Coyotes with 68 yards rushing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SDAK
UNCO
1st Downs2222
Total Yards409395
Passing212281
Rushing197114
Penalties9-12017-177
3rd Down Conversions7-137-14
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers20
Possession29:5730:03

Passing Leaders

South DakotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Shepard23/402125.312
Northern ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Waggener21/322818.820

Rushing Leaders

South DakotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ganious9687.6039
Newton10676.7038
Northern ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris19573.0111
Robinson3175.7010

Receiving Leaders

South DakotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Flanagan6508.3116
Landry44511.3018
Northern ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thompson710915.6153
Davis35819.3124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSDAKUNCO
TD05:15Alex Thompson 53 Yd Pass From Bryan Waggener (Michael York Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERSDAKUNCO
TD13:16Jace Davis 24 Yd Pass From Bryan Waggener (Michael York Kick) 014
FG08:58Dustin Nowotny 19 Yd 314
TD01:01Tom Flanagan 8 Yd Pass From Noah Shepard (Dustin Nowotny Kick) 1014
THIRD QUARTERSDAKUNCO
TD09:40Noah Shepard 1 Yd Run (Dustin Nowotny Kick) 1714
FOURTH QUARTERSDAKUNCO
TD05:20Andre Harris 1 Yd Run (Michael York Kick) 1721