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South Dakota State University's Independent Student-Run Newspaper Since 1885

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From Frisco to Frozen

From Frisco to Frozen

Marshall Minihan, Sports Editor January 16, 2024

Turns out, beating Montana for a football National Championship wasn’t the only challenge for South Dakota State and their fans. Getting home from Texas in the teeth of a nasty blizzard turned out to...

South Dakota State’s Jaxon Janke holds the National Championship trophy after the team beat Montana 23-3 in the championship game in Frisco, TX Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024.

After back-to-back championships, the Jacks look to reload for 2024

Brayden Byers, Managing Editor January 16, 2024

While the Jackrabbit football team wrapped up its playing season just over a week ago defeating the Montana Grizzlies 23-3 in the FCS title game, the FCS football news cycle hasn’t closed just yet. Much...

Jackrabbit Head Coach Jimmy Rogers lifts the national championship trophy after beating Montana 23-3 in the FCS title game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024. Rogers just finished his first year at SDSU with an undefeated season.

Back-2-Back

Jon Akre, Sports Reporter January 7, 2024

Exactly 364 days ago, the Jacks won their first FCS national championship. Nearly one year later the Jacks are back atop the mountain top as the best team in the Football Championship Subdivision. In...

Mark Gronowski runs the ball in for a touchdown during a game against the Missouri State Bears on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. Gronowski becomes the first Jackrabbit to win the Walter Payton award as the FCS offensive player of the year.

Gronowski named Walter Payton Award winner

Brayden Byers, Managing Editor January 6, 2024

South Dakota State quarterback Mark Gronowski has been named the winner of the Walter Payton award as the FCS offensive player of the year. This was announced at the Stats Perform FCS national awards...

The South Dakota State offense huddles during the Hobo Day football game at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings, S.D. against Northern Iowa on Saturday October 14, 2023

The stage is set

Jon Akre, Sports Reporter January 6, 2024

The 2024 FCS National Championship in Frisco, TX is set to be an instant classic. It’s just the eighth time the top two playoff seeds have made the FCS championship, with the last time happening in...

FCS playoff committee says Frisco feels like a championship event

FCS playoff committee says Frisco ‘feels like a championship event’

Brayden Byers, Managing Editor January 6, 2024

In the 14 seasons that Frisco, Texas has hosted the FCS Championship Game, the Dallas suburb has become a staple of FCS football. The city has been a destination for fans of the participating teams...

Colby Huerter and Jason Freeman tackle a Bison ball carrier in their 33-16 win against NDSU on Nov. 4, 2023

Defense wins championships

Marshall Minihan, Sports Editor January 5, 2024

Former Alabama coach Bear Bryant is credited for the phrase “Defense wins championships”, a remark that dates back to the 1970s. Now 40 years later, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits will put it to...

South Dakota State head coach Jimmy Rogers leads his team out of the locker room before a football game against Missouri State at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023.

‘I’m not nervous about the moment’

Jon Akre, Sports Reporter January 5, 2024

Being a first-year head coach for the defending national champions, Jimmy Rogers had some rather big shoes to fill replacing longtime head coach John Stiegelmeier. But when it comes to the story of...

Running back Isaiah Davis celebrates after scoring a touchdown in their win against UAlbany in the Semifinals.

FCS National Championship: Keys to the game

Marshall Minihan, Sports Editor January 5, 2024

  The No. 1 South Dakota State Jackrabbits and the No. 2 Montana Grizzlies are set to take the field for the 2023 FCS National Championship. This matchup is the first time in years that these...

SDSU offensive lineman Garret Greenfield hoists the national championship trophy after beating Montana 23-3 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2023.

The FCS Championship Game

It's Gameday The Jackrabbits are back in Frisco for the second year in a row looking to become the first back-to-back champion in FCS football since the Bison 3-peat from 2017-19. 4th quarter updates Jacks...

BROOKINGS, SD - DECEMBER 15: Zach Heins #87 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits celebrates a touchdown against the Albany Great Danes at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings, SD.

Back 2 Frisco

Marshall Minihan, Sports Editor December 15, 2023

  The Great Danes could do nothing against the No. 1 ranked defense in the nation all game, resulting in a 59-0 blowout in the FCS Semifinals.  To add, the Jackrabbits scored on five of their six...

BROOKINGS, SD - December 9: Matthew Durrance #23 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits blocks a punt from Nathan Fondacaro #96 of the Villanova Wildcats at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on December 9, 2023 in Brookings, South Dakota.

Second half surge from Isaiah Davis sends the Jacks to the Semifinals

Marshall Minihan, Sports Editor December 9, 2023

Over 10,000 fans corralled into Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium this morning to witness an impressive 192 yard game from Isiah Davis as the Jacks won 23-12 over No. Eight Villanova in the FCS quarterfinals. The...

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