BROOKINGS, S.D. — Sixth-ranked South Dakota State scored 34 consecutive points and the Jackrabbit offense rolled up 546 yards of total offense en route to a 55-14 season-opening victory over Butler (Ind.) Saturday night at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. Walter Payton Award candidate Zach Zenner wasted little time in putting the Jackrabbits on the board. Zenner, a junior from Eagan, Minn., ran for 39 yards on his first carry of the season, then scampered 36 yards on the second play of the drive for a touchdown only 45 seconds into the game and the rout was on. Quarterback Austin Sumner moved into sixth place on the Jackrabbit career passing chart finishing the night 22-of-32 passing for 326 yards and three touchdowns. The junior from Brandon hooked up with eight different receivers. Backup Nate Meyer was 3-for-3 passing for 32 yards and his first collegiate touchdown pass. Zenner tallied 117 yards on 16 carries. Of his 117 yards, 93 came in the first quarter. Butler was limited to 272 yards of total offense.
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