VERMILLION, S.D. – Ryan Saeger ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third Saturday and South Dakota held off a second-half surge by Northern Arizona to win 28-21.
NAU (2-2) scored twice in the third quarter before the Coyotes pulled away 28-14 on a 9-yard TD pass and a two-point conversion pass from Saeger to Eric Shufford Jr.
Casey Jahn scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth, but South Dakota (2-2) was driving when time ran out.
Saeger gained 108 yards on 14 carries and was 6 of 15 for 85 yards passing and one interception.
The Coyotes (2-2) capitalized on two interceptions with 1-yard keepers by Saeger and led 20-0 at halftime on 31- and 22-yard field goals by Miles Bergner.
The Lumberjacks surged on a 3-yard TD run by Jahn and a 6-yard scoring pass from Kyren Poe to Nick Butier. Poe was 11 of 22 for 174 yards passing with three interceptions.