Sioux Falls quarterback Luke Papilion rushed for 240 yards and five touchdowns Saturday night as the Northern State football team fell in its road opener to USF 45-37.
USF compiled 411 yards on the ground and rushed for six scores in the game. The Wolves fall to 1-1 on the year with the loss.
Jared Jacobson had a solid game through the air for NSU, Jacobson went 22-for-43 for 234 yards and four passing touchdowns which ties a career-high. Jacobson also rushed for 74 yards and scored on a one-yard plunge in the first quarter to give Northern a 7-0 lead.
After 17 unanswered points by USF gave the Cougars a 17-7 lead, NSU responded with two scores in 48 seconds to take a 21-17 lead. The first score came on a beautiful 5-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone from Jacobson to Cody Kraft. The touchdown was the first of Kraft's career. On the ensuing kickoff, the Wolves recovered the kick deep in Cougar territory as the two USF returners were confused when the ball fell between them and Joe Parsley came flying in to recover the ball for NSU. Connor Doherty scored three plays later on a 3-yard reception from Jacobson.
However, Papilion scored with 11 seconds remaining for the Cougars on a 2-yard run to give Sioux Falls a 24-21 advantage at the break. USF would add two more touchdowns in the third quarter from Papilion to take a 38-21 lead going into the final frame.
NSU would not go away though, as Taylor Houchin caught a 32-yard pass from Jacobson to cut down the USF lead. Nathan Shaw would hit a 28-yard field goal, the first of his career, half way through the fourth quarter to cut the USF lead to 38-30. USF wouldn't let the Wolves get any closer as Papilion took it in for the fifth time with ***** left in the game to seal the victory.
Doherty and Tanner White each had five receptions to lead the Wolves. Houchin led NSU with 72 yards receiving on four grabs.
John Hughes had 44 yards rushing on 14 carries. Sean Schweichler came off the bench to spark the NSU running game in the second half. Schweichler had 39 yards on seven carries in his first career game.
Logan Dosch led the Wolves with eight solo tackles in the loss. Dosch becomes the all-time NSU leader now for career tackles. Trever Heining and Ryan Weybrecht each had six tackles for the Wolves.
NSU returns home Sept. 28 as Upper Iowa comes to town. Kickoff with the Peacocks is set for 1 p.m. at Swisher Field.