Lujan to face No. 1 ranked NCAA I-AA football team

November 1, 2014

Zach Lujan FootballHe’s only been the starting quarterback at South Dakota State for barely two months, yet Zach Lujan of Anchorage has learned to be a quick study.

The sophomore signal caller has won five of his seven starts to earn high marks.

But today is the true test.

No. 18 South Dakota State will travel to No. 1 North Dakota State in the annual Dakota Marker game in Fargo.

As always, Lujan isn’t lacking confidence.

“Expect a great game,” he told me. “It’s not only a conference game but a huge rivalry game for us and we know every man needs to do his 1/11th and play his last play. The game plan is to do exactly that – stay within the offense, trust our training, know our reads and keys and just play our game.”

Lujan, of South High fame, has established a new season-high in yards in three of four Missouri Valley Conference games, including a 329-yard performance on 28-of-42 passing with two touchdowns last week against Youngstown State in a 30-27 loss.

“It’s always fun to throw for 300-plus, especially with some of the weapons we have, but again the W is most important and individual stats mean so little especially in a loss,” he said. “Every game is a learning experience, particularly because in the grand scheme of things I’ve still only been in this system a few months and now that we are in our conference play each game is every that much more of a battle.”

The game is on the road, but that won’t rattle Lujan. Don’t forget, he came in relief in the season-opener at the University of Missouri and completed 21-of-28 passes against an SEC defense.

Nothing seems to shake this kid. He’s having too much fun.

“It’s gonna be loud and hostile, so a fun college football atmosphere that I can’t wait to be a part of,” Lujan said.