The South Dakota Coyotes pulled off a miracle to take down the South Dakota State Jackrabbits 23-20 on Saturday.
It appeared that the Jackrabbits would run out the clock on the previous drive. South Dakota State had 4th-and-1 with eight seconds remaining, and instead of trying to get one yard to lock up a victory, they chose to have quarterback Chris Oladokun run back several yards before just heaving a deep pass out of bounds as a tactic to run the clock.
However, there was still one second remaining on the turnover-on-downs. And one second was all South Dakota needed to score an absolutely incredible touchdown.
Now, the play took quite a bit of luck- even more than the usual hail mary. South Dakota was 57 yards from the end zone, and the pass went to roughly the five-yard line. However, the pass was tipped twice by Jackrabbits defenders, before finally landing in the hands of Caleb Vander Esch, who tumbled into the end zone from the one-yard line for a game-winning score.
Finish of the year in college football! South Dakota State had a 4th down with 8 seconds left, opted to run a play, but the ball went out of bounds with one second left so South Dakota got one play and completed a 57 yard tip drill Hail Mary for the WIN! pic.twitter.com/Swb8hLXBUA
— The Artist Formerly Known as @DanWeiner (@ReallyDanWeiner) November 13, 2021
🚨 HAIL MARY ALERT 🚨
South Dakota takes down South Dakota State with this game-winner 🤯
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 13, 2021
South Dakota State entered this game ranked No. 7 in FCS (after a win over North Dakota State last week), while South Dakota was ranked No. 17.
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