Chris Streveler threw for 290 yards, including a touchdown, and ran in two more scores Saturday to lead South Dakota to a 45-7 victory over No. 10 North Dakota in the DakotaDome in Vermillion, S.D.
"Our guys went out and executed it," USD coach Bob Nielson said. "We played with a lot of confidence and a lot of enthusiasm.
Kai Henry also ran for two touchdowns, including a 34-yard run up the middle, and Ben Klett had a 7-yard TD run late in the game as South Dakota notched its first 3-0 season start since 2006.
Streveler, the former Gophers quarterback, was 23-for-30 passing and piled up another 62 yards on the ground. His first touchdown came late in the first quarter as he scrambled around the left end for 7-yard score. He later connected with Shamar Jackson with 10 seconds left in the opening half on a 13-yard touchdown pass. Jackson caught four passes for a game-high 97 yards.
Streveler got his third TD on a 14-yard quarterback draw in the second half.
The Coyotes scored on five of their seven first-half possessions and led 31-0 at halftime.
North Dakota (1-2) was held scoreless until the fourth quarter when Travis Toivonen caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Keaton Studsrud.
South Dakota State 51, Drake 10: Taryn Christion was 14-for-22 for 171 yards and two touchdowns as the No. 4 Jackrabbits (3-0) routed the visiting Bulldogs (1-2). Isaac Wallace scored twice on 1-yard runs in the first half, which ended with South Dakota State ahead 41-3.