College football: Late touchdown lifts Sioux Falls over UMD

Reisdorfer’s third touchdown helps Cougars rally past Bulldogs.

Minnesota Duluth running back Levon Bellemy is tackled after a short gain in the Bulldogs’ 34-31 loss to Sioux Falls Saturday in NSIC football at Bob Young Stadium in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Senior Thuro Reisdorfer rushed three 19 times for 100 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 45 seconds remaining to lift Sioux Falls to a 34-31 NSIC victory over Minnesota Duluth Saturday before 1,702 at Bob Young Stadium.

Reisdorfer’s 2-yard plunge capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive that took only 1 minutes, 51 seconds off the clock for unbeaten Sioux Falls (4-0).

In a seesaw, surprisingly offensive contest, UMD (2-2) had taken a 31-27 lead with 6:53 remaining on quarterback Garrett Olson’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Byron Bynum.

The Bulldogs quickly got the ball back after cornerback Dayvia Gbor intercepted Adam Mullen, giving them the ball at the Sioux Falls 30-yard line.

UMD drove to the Sioux Falls 4-yard line, went back five yards and then missed a 26-yard field goal, setting the stage for Mullen to orchestrate the game-winning drive with 2:27 remaining.


While there was some grumbling on social media about the officiating UMD coach Curt Wiese took the high road afterward.

“Tough loss in a lot of ways,” Wiese said. “In every loss there are always calls and decisions both as players and coaches you wish you could change. Sioux Falls is a good team and we had an opportunity to beat them. The credit goes to them for executing a two-minute drive to win the game.”

Mullen finished 14-for-25 for 146 yards and a touchdown, with his top target being Carter Slykhuis, who caught four passes for 84 yards and a score. In addition to Reisdorfer, the Cougars got 10 carries, 78 yards and a touchdown from backup running back Landon Freeman.

The Bulldogs’ offense received a boost with the return of Olson, a senior who hadn’t played since Week 1 due to a lower-body injury. Olson finished 14-for-25 passing for 155 yards and three touchdowns, with his top target being Bynum, who caught five passes for 42 yards and all three of Olson’s touchdown tosses.

Freshman quarterback Kyle Walljasper led the UMD rushing attack with 17 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown, while senior Wade Sullivan added 10 carries for 59 yards.

With two losses already, the Bulldogs already have their work cut out for them if they want to make their sixth NCAA Division II playoff appearance in coach Curt Wiese’s nine seasons.

UMD returns to Duluth for homecoming at noon Saturday, Oct. 1, against Minnesota State-Moorhead. The rest of UMD’s schedule features games against NSIC North Division rival Bemidji State (2-2) and South Division opponents Augustana (4-0) and Northern State (2-2) — all on the road — with those latter two closing out the regular season.

“We have a good group of leaders, but we will all be tested to get this group back on track,” Wiese said.

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