YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – South Dakota State made a emphatic final statement toward a potential Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth Saturday afternoon, wrapping up the regular season with a 42-13 drubbing of Youngstown State in a contest between nationally ranked teams at snowy Stambaugh Stadium. SDSU established a punishing running game early and rolled up a season-high 312 yards on the ground for the game, compared to only 75 by the Penguins. Zach Zenner led the Jackrabbits with 186 yards rushing on the day. Zenner crossed the 100-yard mark for the 11th time in 12 games this season and 20th time in his career … Zenner finished the day with 1,695 yards for the season to move into fifth place on the Jackrabbit single-season rushing charts. The Jackrabbits, ranked 16th by the Sports Network and 17th in the FCS Coaches’ poll, won for the fourth consecutive time to improve to 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. YSU, ranked 15th and 18th, respectively, lost its third game in a row to also finish the regular season 8-4 and 5-3. Pairings for the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs will be announced at 10:30 a.m. Central Time Sunday on ESPNU. Playoffs begin next Saturday (Nov. 30) at campus sites.
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