NDSU Bison defeat CSU Rams
Published: Monday, September 10, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 10, 2012 13:09
Amid the whirlwind of controversy surrounding the Bison football team this past week, they were able to block it out and take care of business in Fort Collins, Saturday, The Bison cruised to an easy 22-7 win against FBS opponent Colorado State at Hughes Stadium.
After a week of uncertainty about the 2012 Bison football team, fans were eager to see their team back on the playing field. A ruckus crowd filled with well over 500 Bison football fans crammed into old Hughes Stadium eager for the team to start producing positive headline, unlike earlier this week.
Bison fan were taken back early after two minutes into the game Colorado State struck with a 69 yard TD pass from quarterback, Garrett Greyson to tight end, Crockett Gillmore.
After not giving up a single point in their first game, the defense looked out of sorts during the Rams first series. After the coverage breakdown, the Bison offense responded quickly when running back Sam Ojuri plunged into the end zone to tie the game.
The Bison score was set-up conveniently with Marcus Williams’ exceptional kick-off return into Ram’s territory. With every kick and punt return he had Ram fans holding their breath almost taking several returns to the house. Williams was also lockdown, as usual, from the corner position, allowing no access into Marcus Island for the second straight game. He also added his first interception of the season right before half, leading to a Bison field goal.
The Bison offense was stuffed on fourth down later in the first quarter turning the ball over at the Ram’s one-yard line.
The turnover lead to a safety as the Bison defensive line
broke through throwing Ram’s tailback Tommey Morris in his own end zone. The safety propelled the Bison to a 9-7 lead and they never looked back.
Another Ojuri touchdown and a couple of Adam Keller field goals later the Bison closed out their third win against FBS opponents in a row.
Time of possession was the key factor in the Bison victory. The Bison offense accounted for just less than 40 minutes of time of possession, while the Ram’s accounted for just half of that. On a key drive in the third quarter the Bison ate up over nine minutes on the clock putting the Ram’s offense on hold.
Brock Jensen starred again leading the offense to over 360 yards. Jensen passed for 178 yards on 17-28 passing. He was also instrumental in the second half picking up first downs with his feet while melting the clock away three downs at a time.
The Bison will have a bye week next Saturday as they prepare for the Panthers of Prairie View A&M. The game will be back at the Fargodome on Sept. 22, kickoff is scheduled for 3:07 p.m.