BROOKINGS, S.D. — Taryn Christion threw four of his five touchdown passes to Jake Wieneke, who set a school record for career receptions and tied a record for TD catches, and South Dakota State beat Duquesne 51-13 in a season opener on Thursday night.
Wieneke caught his 226th pass, passing Josh Davis, and his four TD catches tied Don Bartlett (1949) and Dallas Goedert (2016).
Christion completed 17 of 26 passes for 254 yards and an interception, hitting Wieneke on scoring strikes of 10, 22, 2 and 15 yards. Christion’s 9-yard TD strike to Kane Louscher put the Jackrabbits up 20-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Christion gained 96 of SDSU’s 301 total rushing yards, and Brady Mengarelli and Isaac Wallace each scored on 3-yard runs.
Duquesne’s Tommy Stuart completed 14 of 22 passes for 175 yards and one interception. He hit Kareem Coles on a 31-yard TD pass and Nehari Crawford on a 2-yarder.