ST. LOUIS—South Dakota quarterback Austin Simmons and defensive end Darin Greenfield are the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive and Defensive Athletes of the Week, respectively, for their play during a 43-28 win against Northern Colorado Saturday inside the DakotaDome in Vermillion, South Dakota.
It is the first such honor for Simmons, a junior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, and the second for Greenfield, a junior from Sheldon, Iowa.
Simmons completed 31 of 40 passes for a career-high 462 yards – third-most in program history – and accounted for five touchdowns in the win. He was also the game’s leading rusher with 80 yards on eight carries. His 542 yards of total offense are the second-highest in program history. He threw touchdown passes of 3, 76, 12, and 4 yards, and had a 2-yard naked bootleg for a score.
Greenfield had seven tackles including two sacks and three tackles-for-loss in the victory. He also had a quarterback pressure on a pass that was overthrown and intercepted. His first sack came on 3rd-and-6 in the first half, and the second sack resulted in the clock running out on Northern Colorado on a drive before halftime.
South Dakota, 1-1 on the season, returns to the field Saturday against Weber State (1-1) in Ogden, Utah, a matchup that is expected to feature two nationally-ranked teams.