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Chase Vinatieri Receives National Award

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

(From the SDSU Sports Desk)

South Dakota State University's Chase Vinatieri was honored Sunday as Missouri Valley Football Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in the Jackrabbits' 31-27 road win at Montana State on Sept. 9. A day later, the Jackrabbit kicker was named STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week.

A sophomore from Sioux Falls, Vinatieri booted a career-long 47-yard field goal and scored what proved to be the decisive touchdown on a fake field goal to lift the fourth-ranked Jackrabbits to the victory.

Vinatieri's field goal gave SDSU an early 10-0 lead, and he lined up for what would be another career long of 48 yards late in the game. Instead, Vinatieri took a pitch from holder Brady Hale and rolled around right end for a 31-yard touchdown run with 4:26 left.

He also made all four of his extra-point tries for a total of 13 points and recorded touchbacks on five of his six kickoffs to limit the Montana State return game.

The fourth-ranked Jackrabbits host Drake in the 51st Annual Beef Bowl on Sept. 16. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.



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