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SDSU's Ready to Battle the Big Red

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     The South Dakota State football team ventures into big time college football again on Saturday.   The Jacks play at Nebraska.

     SDSU goes in 3-0, and is ranked sixth in the nation in the FCS polls.  The Huskers are 2-1, and dropped out of the AP Top 25 after that home loss to UCLA last week.

    Nebraska is a more than three touchdown favorite.  But the Jacks plan on putting on another battle in Lincoln.

    The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are confident bunch, who look at a game at one of the most storied programs in college football history, as an opportunity.

"It's going to be great to go down there.  But we're not treating this as some sort of Super Bowl.  It's going to be a tremendous challenge for our team." says head coach John Stiegelmeier.

"It's going to be exciting going in and playing in front of that many people against that storied program.  But we have to stay focused, and not let our emotions run too high about the game." says linebacker TJ Lally.

  Back in 2010, the Jacks went into Lincoln and lost 17-3 in a game where a couple of Jacks touchdowns were called back.  Some of the current Jacks were freshman or redshirt freshman on that team.

"You have to play well at Nebraska, and those guys saw that at that time." says Stiegelmeier.

"I don't think they'll overlook us.  We'll go in there swinging, it's still a football game." says quarterback Austin Sumner. 

  SDSU will see a familiar face on the other side of the ball.  Sioux Falls native Nate Gerry is starting at linebacker for the Huskers as a true freshman.

"I've been looking forward to this game because I'm from South Dakota.  I'll have a lot of friends and family there because we are playing SDSU.  I don't know who they'll cheer for the Jacks or me so." says Gerry.

"I think highly of Nate Gerry.  I got to know him well in the recruiting process, he's a great student-athlete.  I'm a little surprised they took away his redshirt, but he's going a great job for them." says Stiegelmeier. 

  South Dakota State has 13 Nebraska natives on their roster.

  Things will kick off at 2:30 on Saturday in Lincoln and will be televised on the Big 10 Network.


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