My top 3 performances against Prairie View A&M
Published: Monday, September 24, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 24, 2012 14:09
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. Well I did eventually choose three, but considering two of them didn’t even play in the second half is kind of funny to me. Anyways, the Bison owned the game but here are my three players that stood out above the rest.
Wide Receiver Zach Vraa, #82
Vraa absolutely dominated the first half. He made the Panther D-backs look like they 10-pound bricks attached to their cleats. The WR had eight catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns. On one touchdown, Vraa went deep across the middle and Jensen hit him in stride. It looked as if Vraa was going to get tackled inside the 20 but his long hair didn’t care and he just decided to drag the defender with him into the endzone. The poor Panther looked like he had rollerblades on. I wanted Vraa to keep playing in the second half just so he could get himself into the record books, but Coach Bohl must not have heard me yelling. Maybe next time.
Defensive End Mike Hardie, #91
Hardie looked like Jared Allen out there. And when he took his helmet off, he looked even more like him. Six tackles and two sacks are pretty decent stats, for an entire game. Hardie did that in one half. He consistently beat the Panther linemen and got to the ball carrier faster than freshman girls get to the Residence Dining Center after a football practice. The scary thing is that Hardie doesn’t start for the Bison. That shows just how deep this team is.
Running Back Deveon Dinwiddie, #25
Although Dinwiddie didn’t get a carry until the second half, his three touchdowns were very, very impressive. The agile back ran circles around the Panther defense. He’s just a little guy out on the field but the ankles of Panther defenders were still begging for him to get off the field. Dinwiddie juked, spun, stiff-armed, and moon-walked his way through defenders. There were more players on the ground than fans in the stands whenever Dinwiddie got a carry. Number 25 is a dynamic back, and don’t be surprised to see him hit the field in future games.
There ya have it folks. The Bison had great performances by many players, but these three stood out the most. It may have been a boring game for fans to watch, but it was intriguing to watch how talented our backups were. That and it would have been pretty unprofessional of me to join the flow of fans leaving at halftime. This game will be a warm-up for next week’s when the Bison face rival Northern Iowa. NDSU will enter a hostile environment in Cedar Falls and I can guarantee no fans will be leaving this one early, unless it’s the embarrassed parents of a UNI defender that got burnt bad by Vraa or juked silly by Dinwiddie.