SIOUX FALLS — The South Dakota State Jackrabbits defeated the South Dakota Coyotes, 14.5 to 11.5, and claimed the 2018-19 South Dakota Showdown Series, presented by South Dakota Corn. The announcement was made by the South Dakota Corn Utilization officials Thursday.

The Showdown Series tracks head-to-head matchups and conference championship results in 16 sports with each school accumulating points toward the overall series championship. The Series also recognizes outstanding academic achievement by the schools’ student-athletes and aims to raise awareness, funds and donations for Feeding South Dakota, a statewide not-for-profit with the goal of eliminating hunger in South Dakota.

The Jackrabbits were plus-three in athletic competitions to bring the traveling trophy back to Brookings, outscoring the Coyotes 11.5-8.5. Both schools scored the maximum three points allotted for academic achievement by compiling a student-athlete grade point average of above 3.0.

Feeding South Dakota, the philanthropic partner of the Showdown Series, will once again provide meals for adults and children throughout the state through a $70,000 donation from South Dakota Corn. Funds were raised through yearlong activities and efforts of SDSU and USD fans, students and campus communities. One of those promotions, now in its third year, encouraged fans and the community to come together and “Get off the Bench,” to provide much-needed funding towards the state’s fight against hunger.

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