SDSU passed at will and caught some timely breaks to beat the lowly Bears.
For most of the 2011 season, SDSU has lacked an answer for the problems they’ve had on the football field. For all of their meeting with Missouri State on Saturday, the Jacks had an answer for everything.
The Jackrabbits went with what has worked this season — passing the football — and held on to pull out a 43-36 double overtime victory over the Bears, a sign that SDSU still is playing for something.
Zach Zenner, who made his first career start, scored from two yards out in the second overtime and the Jackrabbits defense found a way to shut down the Bears offense on four straight plays to pick up the Jacks’ first overtime victory in 13 years.
Both teams scored on their respective opening series of overtime, with Sumner finding Moss on a deep post on SDSU’s first play to answer the MSU touchdown, before the Jacks’ second series score and stop.
Big days were had by both ends of the Jacks air attack, with Austin Sumner throwing for a career-high 377 yards and four touchdowns. Wideouts Dale Moss and Aaron Rollin torched the MSU defense all day with Moss picking up 178 yards receiving and two touchdowns and Rollin going for 163 yards and a touchdown.
Each side swapped touchdowns and Missouri State responded to a three yard Brandon Hubert touchdown reception with a 86-yard drive that consumed nearly five minutes before a touchdown pass to Robert Fields that put the Bears ahead, 29-22.
What followed was the best example of the game to show the Jackrabbits ability to answer. On the next offensive play, Sumner went to Moss again, this time for 80 yards and the game-tying score. One play and Missouri State’s momentum and more importantly, their lead, was gone.
“We executed the way we were supposed to and the way we should have been doing in a lot of other games and we came out on top. Later in the game our mental focus was just a little bit better and that hasn’t been the case in a lot of games,” Moss said.
Missouri State had a chance to send its homecoming crowd out of