BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) Taryn Christion threw five touchdown passes and South Dakota State returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a 52-14 win over Western Illinois in the the Missouri Valley opener for both teams on Saturday.
Trailing 14-7, SDSU (2-2, 1-0) scored 45 straight points against the previously unbeaten Leathernecks (3-1, 0-1).
Christion passed for a career-high 361 yards. Four of his touchdown passes went to Dallas Goedert, who tied a 67-year-old school record for TD catches in a game.
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Goedert had three TDs in the first two quarters to help the Jacks build a 28-14 lead. He finished with eight catches for 204 yards.
Western Illinois quarterback Sean McGuire tossed two touchdown passes in the first quarter as the Leathernecks took a 14-7 lead. He threw a 6-yard pass to Lance Lenoir less than three minutes into the game and a 3-yarder to Joey Borsellino with 1:52 left in the quarter.
McGuire and backup quarterback Trenton Norvell combined for 159 yards passing. Lenoir caught 10 passes for 84 yards.