Zenner unstoppable in South Dakota State triumph

Bozeman, MT (SportsNetwork.com) – Senior running back Zach Zenner is always
talking about the team effort of South Dakota State football.

Many times, Zenner’s exploits stand alone.

Zenner totaled 324 yards from scrimmage and scored five touchdowns – four from
at least 45 yards – to power South Dakota State past Montana State, 47-40, in a
snow-filled first-round game of the FCS playoffs Saturday.

South Dakota State (9-4), which has won four straight games, will visit second-
seeded North Dakota State (11-1), the three-time defending FCS champion, in an
all-Missouri Valley Conference second-round matchup next Saturday. NDSU beat
South Dakota State, 37-17, on Nov. 1 and has won the last six meetings.

Despite the field conditions, South Dakota State and Montana State (8-5)
combined for 988 yards. Zenner rushed for 252 yards on 23 carries across the
slippery turf, scoring on runs of 45, 7, 60, and 69 yards. He also scored on a
69-yard reception.

Behind Zenner, South Dakota State trailed for only 38 seconds in the high-
scoring game. Montana State sophomore Chad Newell, who rushed for 101 yards and
five touchdowns, scored on a 12-yard run to give the Bobcats a 26-24 lead with
10:47 left in the second quarter. But Zenner answered with his 60-yard scoring
run at the 10:09 mark, giving the Jackrabbits a 31-26 lead which they extended
to 40-26.

Newell’s final TD pulled Big Sky member Montana State within 47-40 with 1:10
left to play. The Jackrabbits misplayed the ensuing onside kick but recovered
the ball and ran out the clock.

South Dakota State quarterback Austin Sumner also threw a 10-yard touchdown to
Connor Landberg. He finished 19-for-28 for 249 yards.

Montana State signal caller Dakota Prukop returned from an MCL sprain after
missing two games and was 19-for-36 for 280 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown
to Mitchell Herbert.

Zenner increased his career totals to 6,415 rushing yards, 8,075 all-purpose
yards, 59 rushing touchdowns and 67 total touchdowns – all Missouri Valley
records.

He needs 114 rushing yards to become the first FCS running back to reach 2,000
yards in three separate seasons.