2016 South Dakota Showdown

For the third time in the last four years, South Dakota State has won the South Dakota Showdown Series.

The Jackrabbits beat the University of South Dakota in the point-based athletic and academic competition, 16-11.

During the 2015-16 school year, SDSU won head-to-head match-ups with USD in soccer, men's cross country, football, men's basketball, men's indoor track, women's and men's golf, and softball to claim the series, which is sponsored by South Dakota Corn and raised $66,000 for Feeding South Dakota.

At a Tuesday press conference in Sioux Falls, SDSU Athletic Director said:

All season long both SDSU and USD have been able to showcase academic and athletic excellence with the help of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council. As Division I institutions, we are proud to place a high value on sportsmanship and community service to meaningful organizations, such as Feeding South Dakota.

The Showdown Series is a point system in which each school can earn 24 points per year based on head-to-head competition and conference championships between SDSU and USD in a total of 17 men’s and women’s sports. Additionally, points were also awarded for student-athletes’ grade point averages and philanthropic efforts.


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