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  Mark Gronowski passed for two touchdowns and caught a 24-yard TD pass from Pierre Strong Jr. to help top-seeded South Dakota State beat Delaware 33-3 in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs on Saturday. South Dakota State, in its ninth consecutive FCS playoffs appearance, advanced to the championship game for the first time in program history. The Jackrabbits (8-1) will face the Sam Houston State-James Madison winner in the championship game on May 16 in Frisco, Texas. Gronowski had 115 of his 162 yards passing, 23 of his 27 yards rushing and all of his 24 yards receiving in the first half to help South Dakota State build a 27-3 lead. Strong ran for 73 yards and a touchdown. Jaxon Janke caught three passes for 64 yards and a touchdown and returned a punt 55 yards in the second quarter. - South Dakota State/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) So/2024 QB Mark GronowskiSouth Dakota State
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  MARCH 15 MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: PK Cole Frahm, South Dakota State, 6-5, 225, Jr., Omaha (Neb.) Burke High/Nebraska...Frahm booted the game-winning 29-yard field goal with 31 seconds remaining to lift South Dakota State to a 19-17 victory over Youngstown State. Earlier in the game, Frahm connected on a career-long 52-yard field goal en route to going 2-for-3 on field goals on the day. Frahm has made a field goal in all four games this season and is 5-for-7 on the season. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 K) Sr/2022 K Cole FrahmSouth Dakota State
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  MARCH 15 MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: RB Pierre Strong Jr., South Dakota State - Strong rushed 21 times for a season-high 124 yards (5.9 ypc) in South Dakota State's 19-17 home victory over Youngstown State on March 13. It was Strong's first 100-yard game of the season and 10th of his career. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#23 RB) rSr/2022 RB Pierre Strong Jr.South Dakota State
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  MARCH 15 MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: LB Preston Tetzlaff, South Dakota State - Tetzlaff registered a team-high nine tackles in South Dakota State's 19-17 victory over Youngstown State on March 13. As a team, the Jackrabbits limited YSU to 251 yards of total offense, including only 55 through the air. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 OLB) Sr/2022 OLB Preston TetzlaffSouth Dakota State
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  South Dakota State quarterback Mark Gronowski accounted for 317 total yards and four touchdowns and the Jackrabbits trounced Western Illinois 45-10 on Saturday. He threw for 197 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for 120 yards on four carries with two scores. Gronowski's 22-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter was the game's first score. His 80-yard touchdown run with 4:55 left before halftime gave South Dakota State (2-1, 2-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference) a 35-3 lead. Gronowski threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jadon Janke and a 12-yarder to Mason Leighton for a 42-10 advantage 41 seconds before halftime. Isaiah Davis ran for 118 yards on nine carries and touchdown for the Jackrabbits as they amassed 531 total yards; 328 of which came on the ground. Western Illinois' (0-2, 0-2) Connor Sampson threw for 278 yards and a touchdown and was intercepted three times. - South Dakota State/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) So/2024 QB Mark GronowskiSouth Dakota State
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  MARCH 8 MISSOURI VALLEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: PK Cole Frahm, South Dakota State -- Frahm was perfect on kicks during South Dakota State's 45-10 home victory over Western Illinois on March 6. He made all six extra-point attempts and added a 39-yard field goal into the wind for the only scoring by either team in the second half. Frahm also recorded three touchbacks on kickoffs to keep the WIU return game in check. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 K) Sr/2022 K Cole FrahmSouth Dakota State
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  MARCH 8 MISSOURI VALLEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: LB Adam Bock, South Dakota State -- In his first career start, Bock paced a South Dakota State defense with eight tackles as the Jackrabbits defeated Western Illinois, 45-10, on March 6. Bock and the Jackrabbit defense forced three turnovers in the home victory. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 OLB) rSo/2024 OLB Adam BockSouth Dakota State
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  MARCH 8 MISSOURI VALLEY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: QB Mark Gronowski, South Dakota State, 6-3, 200, Fr., Naperville (Ill.) Neuqua Valley High,...Gronowski accounted for four first-half touchdowns, running for two and passing for two, in South Dakota's State 45-10 home win over Western Illinois on March 6. He opened the scoring with a 22-yard touchdown run. In the second quarter, he sandwiched an 80-yard touchdown run around TD passes of 44 and 12 yards to Jadon Janke and Mason Leighton, respectively. For the game, Gronowski was 12-of-19 passing for 178 yards and carried four times for 120 yards. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 QB) So/2024 QB Mark GronowskiSouth Dakota State
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  MARCH 8 MISSOURI VALLEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: RB Isaiah Davis, South Dakota State -- Davis, who had only one carry entering Saturday's game against Western Illinois, racked up 118 yards on nine carries with a 40-yard touchdown in South Dakota State's 45-10 victory on March 6. Davis' touchdown was part of a 28-point second quarter for the Jackrabbits. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 RB) So/2024 RB Isaiah DavisSouth Dakota State
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  South Dakota State quarterback Mark Gronowski accounted for 317 total yards and four touchdowns and the Jackrabbits trounced Western Illinois 45-10 on Saturday. He threw for 197 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for 120 yards on four carries with two scores. Gronowski's 22-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter was the game's first score. His 80-yard touchdown run with 4:55 left before halftime gave South Dakota State (2-1, 2-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference) a 35-3 lead. Gronowski threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jadon Janke and a 12-yarder to Mason Leighton for a 42-10 advantage 41 seconds before halftime. - South Dakota State/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) So/2024 QB Mark GronowskiSouth Dakota State
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  MARCH 1 MISSOURI VALLEY TOP PERFORMANCES: WR Jaxon Janke, South Dakota State - Janke set career highs with seven receptions and 161 receiving yards, and tied a career best with two touchdown catches for South Dakota State Feb. 27 at North Dakota. Janke's first touchdown covered 18 yards on the opening drive of the game, adding a 76-yard score from Mark Gronowski later in the first period. Janke added three separate receptions of 22 yards in the game, as well. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2023 WR Jaxon JankeSouth Dakota State
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  FEB 22 MISSOURI VALLEY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: RB Pierre Strong Jr., South Dakota State, 5-11, 210, Jr., Little Rock, Ark.,...Strong tallied 142 all-purpose yards and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard pass play with 19 seconds remaining in South Dakota State' 24-20 victory at Northern Iowa on Feb. 19. The junior running back rushed 22 times for 91 yards and caught a team-high six passes for 31 yards. He added a 20-yard kickoff return to round out his performance. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#23 RB) rSr/2022 RB Pierre Strong Jr.South Dakota State
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  FEB 22 MISSOURI VALLEY NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: QB Mark Gronowski, South Dakota State, 6-3, 200, Fr., Naperville, Ill.,...In his collegiate debut, the true freshman accounted for all three South Dakota State touchdowns in the fifth-ranked Jackrabbits' 24-20 victory at No. 3 Northern Iowa. Gronowski completed 19-of-29 passes for 194 yards and touchdown passes of 6 yards to Jaxon Janke in the second quarter and the game-winning 1-yard toss to Pierre Strong, Jr. with 19 seconds remaining in the game that capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive. He also rushed for 24 yards on 10 carries, including a 5-yard touchdown late in the first half. Gronowski connected with seven different receivers in the game. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 QB) So/2024 QB Mark GronowskiSouth Dakota State
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  Mark Gronowski passed for two touchdowns, including a 1-yarder to Pierre Strong with 19 seconds left, and ran for another to help South Dakota State beat Northern Iowa 24-20 on Friday night. Grownowski, a freshman, was 19-of-29 passing for 194 yards and no interceptions. Strong finished with 91 yards rushing on 22 carries and had six receptions for 31 yards. Zach Heins added 90 yards receiving on five catches for South Dakota State (1-0, 1-0 Missouri Valley Conference). The teams kicked off an unprecedented spring slate of FCS football games after the fall season was upended by the coronavirus pandemic. - AP College Football

(DS#23 RB) rSr/2022 RB Pierre Strong Jr.South Dakota State
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  With Sacred Heart University's season having been canceled, Jordan Meachum is looking to play elsewhere. Meachum, the Pioneers' leading rusher in 2018, said Thursday on Twitter that he would be transferring. Head coach Mark Nofri also confirmed the news in a text. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Meachum will be immediately eligible at his new school as a graduate transfer. He'll have one season of eligibility remaining. - CT Post

(DS#999 RB) rSr/2022 RB Jordan MeachumSouth Dakota State
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