Sep 13th, 2012 @ 12:12 pm | Author: Viking Sports Admin
FB: Vikings Travel to Dakota State
The Vikings travel to Dakota State University for this week's contest. The Vikes are coming off of their first victory defeating Mayville State 38-14. The win moved the Vikings to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.). Dakota State is 0-3 and 0-0 in the A.I.I. thus far.

In last week's contest the Viking defense held the Mayville State Comets to just 140 yards of total offense. Offensively, the Vikes excelled as well turning in 199 yards rushing and 344 total yards. Ken Eliacin (SR, TE, Miami, FL) led the way for the Vikings catching two touchdown passes for 127 yards. Eliacin was also named Male Athlete of the Week by the Association of Independent Institutions after his performance against the Comets. Dakota State is coming off of a 0-28 defeat against the Doane Tigers who outgained DSU 484-329 in total offense.

The Vikings moved to Number 21 in the NAIA after last week's victory while they rank eighth as a team in Division I in pass defense per game (119.5 yds.) and fifteenth in total defense (284 yds.). Alex Hooey (SR, LB, Fargo, ND) ranks eleventh in Division I in tackles per game (11.5), Derek Elliot (JR, RB, Valley City, ND) ranks sixteenth in scoring per game (9) and also twenty-fourth in Division I total scoring (TDs) (3). Tommy Zinke (SR, QB, Rolla, ND) ranks twentieth in Division I in pass efficiency (135.2) while Ken Eliacin ranks twenty-seventh in receiving yds. per game (79).

The DSU Trojans rank Number 2 in the nation as a team in total pass offense (904 yds.), sixth in pass offense per game (301.3 yds.), and seventh in pass efficiency (155.5). SR WR Stacey Berk ranks first in the nation in all-purpose yards (499) and total receiving yards (437). SR LB Craig Hertz ranks second in the nation in tackles per game (14.3) while SR QB Brandon Large is third in total passing yards (798), according to Dak-Stats.

The former Dakota Athletic Conference rivals are meeting for the 21st time in the series history. The Vikes have won the last five contests, with the last victory coming in Valley City in 2011 with a score of 44-27. The Vikings currently lead the all-time series with a record of 18-2. The game is slated for 4 p.m. at Trojan Field.

WATCH IT: All Dakota State home football matches will be webcast live video and audio. There is no charge to the webcast. Fans wanting to follow the action can go to the following link:

LIVE STATS/PLAY-BY-PLAY: Live stats and play-by-play will be available in all Dakota State's home games. The live stats link is available on game day on under 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'

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