MACOMB, Ill. — Taryn Christion threw for 386 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another score and South Dakota State pulled away from Western Illinois for a 52-24 win on Saturday.
The Jackrabbits scored 21 points in the third quarter and eclipsed the 50-point mark for the second week in a row and fourth time this season.
Christion, a junior, moved into second place in school history with 58 career touchdown passes ahead of Ryan Berry’s 56 from 2005 to 2008. Austin Sumner’s school record 65 TD throws was set from 2011 to 2014. He’s thrown 21 TDs in eight games this season and is on pace to eclipse his 30 TD mark set in 13 games last season.
Christion put South Dakota State (6-2, 3-2 Missouri Valley Conference) ahead for good, 24-17, on a 1-yard scoring pass to Jake Wieneke 55 seconds before halftime. In the third, he threw scoring passes to Marquise Lewis for 46, found Wieneke from 6-yards out and Mikey Daniel ran it in from 2-yards out to seal the game.
Steve McShane led Western Illinois (5-3, 2-3) with 90 yards rushing and two scores.