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SDSU sets attendance record during Dakota Marker game

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South Dakota State University set a new attendance record Saturday during the Dakota Marker game.

16,498 people filled Coughlin-Alumni Stadium for the annual matchup between the South Dakota State Jackrabbits and the North Dakota State Bison.

The two teams have been battling for the Dakota Marker trophy each year since 2004.  

The coaches from both teams didn't expect much from the Dakota Marker after the trophy was unveiled in 2004 during a sparse news conference at the border town of Hankinson, N.D.
 
SDSU Head Coach John Stiegelmeier says the Jackrabbits at the time didn't have a conference and didn't have a rival, so he wondered if the annual game would ever amount to much.
 
Stiegelmeier says the matchup has become "an unbelievable rivalry."
 
The trophy mimics the quartzite monuments that used to mark the border between the two states.
 
NDSU Head Coach says so many people said it was crazy to move up to Division I and that it wasn't going to work and the schools were losing traditional rivalries.
 
Bohn says it's now "a big, big deal."

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