South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Athletics

09/21/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/22/2019 01:24

Defense Comes Up Big In 'Rocker Win Over Simon Fraser, 26-7

BURNABY, B.C. --- The South Dakota School of Mines' defense was a force Saturday night as the Hardrockers recorded two interceptions which were returned for touchdowns in the second half of play and defeated the Simon Fraser Clan(0-3), 26-7, Saturday night in a non-conference bout in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

It was the Hardrockers first win of the season (1-3). It was also the third straight game that the Hardrocker defense got into the end zone and it was the second time this year that SD Mines had scored two defensive touchdowns.

Linebacker was credit with the first INT, stepping in front of a pass deep in Clan territory and dashing to the end zone in the third quarter from 17 yards out.

The second interception was a deep pass that snagged and then returned 69 yards up the sideline, hurdling defenders to bust in for the score. Jackson now has two pick-sixes on the season and has three on the year.

The Hardrockers first score came at the end of the first quarter when quarterback delivered a shuttle pass to tight end over the middle who took the ball in from six yards out.

also had two field goals in the second quarter, the first was good from 38 yards and the second was a 40-yarder. He also added two extra points.

Offensively, the Hardrockers rushed the ball very effectively, racking up 231 yards on 47 carries. led the way with 94 yards on 23 carries, added 83 yards on 15 rushes and tacked on 46 yards on five carries.

got the start at quarterback Saturday, completing 15-28 passes for 149 yards and a TD throw. He found seven different Hardrocker receivers in the game.

collected eight receptions for 59 yards, Joe Luebers had two catches for 11 yards while Lewis, , , Murphey and Roth were all credit with one catch.
Defensively, led the team with 11 tackles, had 10 and recorded nine.

SD Mines also recorded four sacks in the game. was credited with three sacks and had the other.