South Dakota State Comeback Stuns Cal Poly, 29-28
Oct. 21, 2006
San Luis Obispo, Calif. -
-Senior quarterback Andy Kardoes passed for 250 yards and three fourth-quarter touchdowns as South Dakota State rallied from a 22-point deficit to hand Cal Poly its first Great West loss of the season, 29-28 on Saturday.
Kardoes connected with sophomore wide receiver JaRon Harris on scoring passes of 14, 12 and 19 yards in the final period, then ran for the game-winning two-point conversion with 1:05 to play, giving the Jackrabbits (4-3, 1-0 Great West) their fourth consecutive victory after three losses.
Kardoes completed 14 of 27 passes and Harris finished with six catches for 133 yards. Micah Johnson also caught six passes for the Jackrabbits, covering 97 yards.
Cal Poly (5-2, 2-1 Great West) was led by sophomore running back James Noble who gained 168 yards on 26 carries, including a 74-yard scoring run in the third quarter. It was Noble's fifth 100-yard game this season and the 13th in 17 career contests.
Mustang sophomore quarterback Matt Brennan completed four of 13 passes for 84 yards.
Noble ran nine yards for a first-quarter touchdown and Ernie Cooper ran five yards for a second-period touchdown as the Mustangs led 14-3 at halftime.
Noble's 74-yard run and a one-yard dive by Fred Hives with 26 seconds left in the third quarter gave Cal Poly its 28-6 lead.
South Dakota State's only scoring to that point was a pair of field goals by Parker Douglass spanning 38 and 40 yards.
South Dakota will try for its fifth straight win next Saturday at home against UC Davis, while Cal Poly heads down to San Diego to face I-A foe in San Diego State.