.University of South Dakota sophomore quarterback Kevin Earl and freshman wide receiver Riley Donovan have earned Missouri Valley Football Conference Player of the Week honors. Earl was named Offensive Player of the Week. Donovan was named Newcomer of the Week.
Earl passed for a career-high 370 yards and accounted for five touchdowns (3 pass, 2 rush) in leading the Coyotes to a 38-31, double-overtime win against No. 13 Northern Iowa at the UNI-Dome Saturday. His 370 yards passing are the most by a USD quarterback in four seasons.
Earl threw a 3-yard touchdown pass with five seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and snuck in from one yard away to give USD its first lead, 38-31, in the second overtime. He also connected on touchdown passes to Donovan of 48 and 43 yards, and scored on a quarterback draw from eight yards away.
Earl improved to 3-0 as a starter and all three wins have required fourth-quarter comebacks. USD trailed 28-7 late in the third quarter against UNI.
Donovan, a walk-on freshman who had his redshirt lifted four games ago, finished with nine catches for a season-high 178 yards. In addition to his two long touchdown receptions, he had three catches on third down that moved the chains, including a 15-yard catch on 3rd-and-15 that immediately preceded a USD score that cut the lead to 28-21 in the fourth quarter.
Donovan’s 178 receiving yards were the most by a Coyote since 2008.