The South Dakota State Jackrabbits, ranked sixth in both major Football Championship Subdivision polls, enter the game with a 3-0 record following a 34-26 come-from-behind victory Sept. 14 over Southeastern Louisiana. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:42 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.
The Jackrabbits, SDSU will be in search of its first 4-0 start since 2000, when the Jackrabbits played at the NCAA?Division II level. However, history is not on their side. Saturday’s game marks the third meeting between South Dakota State and Nebraska. The Cornhuskers have won the two previous meetings — both of which have been played in Lincoln, Neb. The first-ever meeting between the two programs was played exactly 50 years to the day — Sept. 21, 1963 — with the Cornhuskers recording a 58-7 victory. South Dakota State has not fared well against Big Ten Conference opponents, holding a 1-19 record against current Big Ten members. The Jackrabbits’ lone win against a Big Ten foe was a 13-6 decision at Wisconsin in 1935.
SDSU is plus-11 in turnover margin this season, forcing three lost fumbles and intercepting nine passes. The Jackrabbits have yet to turn the ball over on offense this season — their lone turnover came on an onside kick last week against Southeastern Louisiana. The Jackrabbits’ nine interceptions have come from eight different players. Zach Zenner again leads the Football Championship Subdivison in rushing (540 yards, 180.0 yards per game), and is tied for the lead in scoring with 54 points. Zenner led all of college football in 2012 with 2,044 rushing yards (157.2 ypg).
Jackrabbits supporting Team Jack:
–South Dakota State coaches will wear hats during Saturday’s game in support of the Team Jack Foundation.
–The foundation was started in honor of Jack Hoffman, a 7-year-old from Atkinson, Neb., who has been battling brain cancer and captured the nation’s hearts with a touchdown run in Nebraska’s Spring Game.
–Jack’s parents, Andy and Bri Hoffman, are both alumni of South Dakota State.
–The Team Jack Foundation will present the inaugural National Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Day celebration on Sept. 26 in Atkinson.