Lujan sparks South Dakota State with big second-half effort

November 14, 2015

Zach Lujan football

Zach Lujan

How does South Dakota State football spell relief?


Junior quarterback Zach Lujan of Anchorage came on in relief of the starter late in the game and orchestrated a pair of scoring drives in the fourth quarter that led the Jackrabbits to a 30-23 win over South Dakota.

He entered the game with 21 seconds left in the third quarter and No. 5 South Dakota State trailing 20-10.

Lujan, of South High fame, completed passes of 34 and 14 yards to set up a touchdown run. On the next possession he set up pass plays of 25 and 38 yards to set up another rushing touchdown.

He finished 6-of-8 for 128 yards.

Last week he stepped in relief in the second quarter and completed a 14-yard touchdown pass, the go-ahead score in a 25-20 win over Illinois State.

South Dakota State has won 10 of 15 games he has started and Jackrabbits win when he comes off the bench. Bottom line, he is a big reason why the team has posted a 17-5 record since he’s been on campus.