This year, those two will probably be passing it back and forth a lot more. Smith, granted a medical redshirt, has returned with his 2, career rushing yards for a sixth season.
Saturday's game is also the first game played west of the Mississippi River in the year history of the program. This is the first contest against a nationally-ranked opponent for LIU since defeating 15th-ranked Assumption College Div.
II on Nov. Saturday's game is one of three non-conference games this season as the Sharks will take on Villanova and Merrimack on Nov. Despite joining the NEC this season, Merrimack is not postseason eligible until and will not count as a conference opponent.
The Jackrabbits have come out victorious in all five previous Dairy Drive games. Each game has drawn a crowd surpassing 10, fans.
In 22 previous home openers, SDSU has compiled an record and has won eight in a row. South Dakota State is one of only two Football Championship Subdivision programs to reach the playoffs each of the last seven seasons.
North Dakota State holds the longest active streak with nine consecutive trips to the playoffs. Since moving to the FCS ranks at the start of the season, the Jackrabbits have posted a overall record. The Jackrabbits finished second behind league and Football Championship Subdivision champion North Dakota State, which garnered 32 of 40 first-place votes from a panel that included head coaches, sports information and media members who regularly cover the team league.