The road to Frisco will stay in Fargo again this year. After some first half troubles, the No. 1 ranked NDSU football team surged for 24 unanswered points in the second half against No. 11 Illinois State in a 38-20 win to close out the regular season.
Bison Defeat Rival SDSU to Win Dakota Marker and Share of Conference Title
Saturday’s game at the Fargodome had all the drama one would want in a football game. With the Dakota Marker, a guaranteed share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title and huge playoff implications all on the line, a crowd of 18,721 watched the number one-ranked Bison outlast bitter rival and number 16 South Dakota State in a 20-17 win.
Going into the football game Saturday against the Missouri State Bears, the NDSU Bison football team was coming off a big win against Southern Illinois at home. They took this momentum on the road to and won another hard fought game, 21-17. Both offenses started off stale.
Bison score 13 unanswered points in 4th quarter comeback
The Missouri Valley Football Conference was at its finest Saturday afternoon at the Fargodome. The No. 3 NDSU Bison duked it out with the Southern Illinois Salukis for a physical and thrilling 23-17 win. In a tight knot game that didn’t see a lead bigger than 7 points, NDSU put on a 13-point fourth quarter comeback to take their final and only lead of the game.
The NDSU football team introduced the USD Coyotes to the Missouri Valley Football Conference the same way four security guards introduced the first-quarter caped streaker at Howard Wood Field, unwelcoming, rough and to the ground. The Bison scored their first of many touchdowns the play after the streaker was tackled outside the field en route to a 54-0 whopping of the Coyotes.
Quarterback Brock Jensen came into Saturday’s game against Indiana State with zero season interceptions on his stat sheet. The Sycamores put an end to that goose egg, picking off Jensen three times, two by Johnny Towalid that went for touchdowns, on their way to upsetting the No.
Going into the game against Youngstown State, a lot of pressure was put on the No. 1 ranked NDSU football program. NDSU’s starting junior running back Sam Ojuri was serving a one game suspension, forcing sophomore John Crocket into the starting role.
The NDSU Bison football team proved why they are the No.1 ranked team in the nation. Entering a rowdy UNI-Dome of the No. 14 Panthers, the Bison left the fans eerily quiet after erupting for 20 second half points in a wild and intense 33-21 win Saturday.
“It was a really big win for our program,” head coach Craig Bohl said. “We’ve had a real hard time winning in Cedar Falls. UNI has a great program and for us to come in and win like this, we’re certainly pleased with it.”
Brock Jensen climbed to second overall on the NDSU career completions list after he went 22-31 for a career-high 243 yards and Marcus Williams tied himself up at second overall in career interceptions after his crucial pick in the third quarter.
Williams and the Bison defense caused headaches all night in their Missouri Valley Conference opener, forcing three costly turnovers that all resulted in NDSU points.
The defense did the job of setting the tone early, forcing a three-and-out on UNI’s first possession and putting the ball into Jensen’s hands right away.
Jensen began NDSU’s opening drive by completing four straight passes, three going to Trevor Gebhart, to UNI’s 23-yard line. The drive stalled after a third-and-12 pass to Zach Vraa fell incomplete and Adam Keller came in to knock in a 30-yard field goal to give the Bison a quick 3-0 lead. UNI moved the ball effectively on the next drive but their drive stalled after the Bison stuffed a third-and-short run play. The Panthers sent in their field goal unit but failed to tie the score after the 43-yard kick sailed right. NDSU took over on downs and once again marched down to the redzone behind the arm of Jensen and runs by John Crockett, who finished the game with 122 yards rushing and two touchdowns. On the first play of the second quarter, Jensen took a shot from 16-yards out to Ryan Smith at the back of the endzone. Smith caught the ball and the refs raised his hands to signal a touchdown but another ref overruled the call to the delight of the home fans. NDSU was forced to kick another field goal and this time, UNI got their hands on the kick for a block and the UNI-Dome was rocking.
The Panthers offense fed off the energy and put together their own drive to Bison territory. On a third-and 11 pass at the 22-yard line, a UNI receiver caught a pass in the endzone before a huge hit forced the ball out of his hands. A personal foul was called as the dome roared their disapproval of the hit. UNI took another shot at the endzone two plays later and this time, a pass interference call was made against NDSU. David Johnson plunged into the endzone one play later to put the Panthers up 7-3 with 8:09 remaining in the second quarter.
With the dome noise rising, the Bison failed to create anything offensively on their next drive and were forced to punt. That is when UNI made the first big mistake of the game. The Panther’s returner juggled the ball as he was getting tackled and the ball found its way into the hands of Christian Dudzik and the Bison had the ball right back inside the 10-yard line.
Crockett found the endzone two plays later and NDSU regained their lead with 3:37 remaining in the half. UNI gave the ball up again on the ensuing drive. This time, a Travis Beck sack on third-and-9 forced a fumble that was recovered by the Bison at the UNI 39-yard line. NDSU capitalized again on the turnover, this time with a 28-yard field goal by Keller and just like that, the Bison held a 13-7 lead and the momentum at the half.
“Any time you play on the road and you play a good football team, you need to be disruptive on defense,” Bohl said. “And we’ve done a good job of taking care of the football… turnover margin is real important so we’re pleased with that outcome.”
The momentum carried over to the second half as Crockett sprung a 43-yard run into UNI territory on the first play from scrimmage. Jensen’s pass to Kevin Vaadeland, runs by Sam Ojuri and Crockett, and a pass to Andrew Bonnet moved the ball to the 6-yard line. Crockett got another carry and the elusive back broke a tackle on his way into the endzone. Keller’s kick was good and NDSU held a 20-7 lead three minutes into the second half.
“I thought (Crockett’s run) was huge,” said Bohl. “The most important series of the game I believe is always the first series of the second half. So for us to come up and get a big run one way… and then come up with a touchdown, I thought that really sent a message.”
But the Panthers wouldn’t go away. With the home crowd making some noise again, UNI engineered a drive that ended with a tremendous pass-and-catch for a 27-yard touchdown strike.
Up 20-14, NDSU drove the ball past midfield on their next drive with a couple clutch third down passes from Jensen to Ryan Smith. UNI finally broke up a pass on third down and Keller once again stepped up for the Bison. Keller nailed a 44-yard field goal to extend NDSU’s lead to 23-14 with under a minute remaining in the third quarter.
That was when the all-American Marcus Williams made his presence felt. On UNI’s first play in their next drive, Williams jumped a pass and returned it to the UNI 45-yard line. A short while later, Jensen hit Vaadeland in the corner of the endzone from 9-yards out.
Down 30-14 and with the crowd noise nonexistent, UNI went into pass mode. But another Beck sack on fourth down stalled their drive and the Bison took over on downs with 8:49 remaining in the game.
Runs by Crockett and Ojuri continually moved the chains and chewed away valuable time. The Bison finally hit a 28-yard field goal by Keller with 1:40 remaining. By that time, many UNI fans were filing out of the dome.
But, UNI did score on a 20-yard strike with 0:24 and tried to make it interesting with an onside kick. The Bison recovered the kick after a scramble for the ball. Jensen ran out the clock with a knee and NDSU improved to an impressive 4-0.
The Bison will have another big test next week for homecoming as No. 3 ranked Youngstown comes to the Fargodome. NDSU’s last loss was last year against the Penguins. Kickoff is set for 1:04 p.m.
I may have picked the wrong game to do a column like this but oh well. NDSU’s 66-7 win over Prairie View A&M was easier than the red Staples button. Picking the three most impressive performances by a player is tough to do in such a dominating performance.
Prairie View A&M’s long trip from Texas to Fargo will seem even longer on the way back after getting thumped 66-7 by the Bison football team Saturday. The Panthers couldn’t produce anything against NDSU’s defense and the Bison offense methodically moved the ball series after series.
Rivalries don’t necessarily have to be based off of geographic variables. Ask any Bison fan and they will list-off the names of the universities that NDSU has the biggest beef with. Schools like the University of North Dakota, South Dakota State, Minnesota, and older fans would even include Concordia into that bunch.
Fargo resembled a shaken snow globe Monday with flurries floating and students slipping across campus sidewalks. Inside the Memorial Union, however, students warmed up and had the chance to partake in a festive photo opportunity. The NDSU Bookstore organized their annual “Photos with Santa” photo shoot Monday from 1-3 p.
After months of scrutiny, President Dean Bresciani’s name is cleared. The NDSU president was accused earlier this year of unlawfully deleting upwards of 43,000 emails following an open records request. Upon further examination by the North Dakota Attorney General’s office, it seems that no evidence exists to support the allegations.
Rep. Cramer visits NDSU, talks about hard-hitting issues
Whenever a person says something noteworthy at a NDSU student government meeting, the rest of the congregation can choose to snap their fingers in approval. When Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota came to speak with them on Nov. 25, there were many fingers being snapped.
United Blood Services goes above and beyond on a constant basis. But to them, it’s just another day. On Monday and Tuesday, the United Blood Services of Fargo showed up with their Bloodmobile vehicle ready to take donations for a donation event put on by the NDSU Staff Senate.
Coming off a delayed flight the night before, the NDSU men’s basketball team had to condense its pregame plan in order to keep loose and prepare for Valley City State at the same time. However, Tuesday’s result didn’t show much lack of preparation. Having just won the Cable Car Classic Championship, the Bison marched into the Bison Sports Arena and took a convincing 86-43 victory over the VCSU Vikings.
The NDSU football team is in the position they expected them¬selves to be in at the start of the 2013 season. The Bison are the No. 1 seed in the Football Champion¬ship Subdivision playoffs and have three potential games in the Fargodome. The third straight road to Frisco, Texas, begins at 2:30 p.
Student government approves additional installments
Water makes up 80 per¬cent of the human body. However studies show that around 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. According to the Mayo Clinic, to stay adequately hydrated the average person needs to drink nine to 13 cups of water per day.