Bison Take Out Southern Illinois on the Road
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 14:10
The NDSU football team proved once again they are a team built for the second half. The No. 1-ranked Bison scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to remain undefeated in a 31-10 win at Southern Illinois.
John Crockett scored all three of his touchdowns in the third quarter with rushes of 10, 26 and 30 yards for a career high 171 yards on 23 carries. Sam Ojuri also eclipsed the 100-yard mark, rushing for 137 yards. In the third quarter alone, NDSU rushed for 205 yards.
It was a complete opposite tale in the first half. In its homecoming game, the Salukis jumped on the Bison right away and were in complete control. SIU held a 10-0 lead before Brock Jensen hit Zach Vraa for a 55-yard touchdown pass before the half.
The Salukis held the ball for 20 minutes in the first half.
As they have done all season, the Bison came out in the second half and dominated the line of scrimmage. NDSU scored on three straight possessions behind the push of the offensive line and the legs of Crockett. SIU had zero answers for the off-tackle attack.
With a shocking swing in the game, the Saluki offense couldn’t get any momentum against the Bison defense with starting quarterback, Kory Faulkner, on the sidelines with an injured thumb. Ryan West was only able to complete 5-of-12 passes for 42 yards while NDSU’s defense limited SIU to 46 yards rushing.
Ryan Keller added a fourth-quarter field goal from 28 yards out to make the final score 31-10.
The Bison rushing attack amounted to 331 yards with five different ball carriers. Jensen went 10-19 for 173 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, junior safety Christian Dudzik led the team with nine solo tackles and Grant Olson added four solos to his total of nine. The tormenting defensive line for the Bison racked up four sacks, with Kyle Emanuel contributing with two.
NDSU improved to 4-0 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and 7-0 overall. The Bison are on the road again next Saturday against 1-6 Indiana State. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET.