BROOKINGS, S.D. – Walter Payton Award candidate Zach Zenner rushed for a school-record 295 yards and a career-best three touchdowns, pacing 19th-ranked South Dakota State to a 58-10 victory over No. 25 Eastern Illinois in opening-round action of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs Saturday afternoon at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. Zenner rushed 24 times for 246 yards in the first half and the Jackrabbits continued to churn out yards on the ground in the second half. As a team, the Jackrabbits ran for 434 yards on 53 attempts — an average of 8.2 yards per carry. Zenner’s 295 yards came on 33 carries. Sumner finished the afternoon 13-of-28 passing for 146 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Rollin led Jackrabbit receivers with five catches for 44 yards. Overall, SDSU held a 580-366 advantage in total offense. In recording their first-ever playoff victory, the Jackrabbits improved to 9-3 overall. SDSU will travel to top-seeded North Dakota State next Saturday (Dec. 1) for a 3 p.m. contest at the Fargodome. Eastern Illinois, the champion of the Ohio Valley Conference, ended its season 7-5 overall.
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