North Dakota State held the nation's leading rusher in check and controlled the ball for more than 40 minutes in a 20-0 win over South Dakota State in the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both teams Saturday, Sept. 28.
NDSU held SDSU to minus-32 yards rushing - the least by a Bison opponent in Division I football - to keep the Dakota Marker for a fourth straight season. The Bison improved to 4-0 overall with their 13th straight victory overall and their 14th straight away from Fargo.
The Bison had the ball for 40:20 and ran 74 plays to SDSU's 49, and the result was two late touchdowns. John Crockett ran for all 67 yards on a seven-play scoring drive that gave NDSU a 13-0 lead, and Sam Ojuri's 33-yard run highlighted a 66-yard scoring drive to put the Bison up 20-0 with 4:44 left in the game.
South Dakota State's offense crossed midfield only twice in the game reaching the NDSU 35 late in the first quarter before punting and reaching the NDSU 47 and 45 on the final two plays of the first half. The Jacks (3-2) were just 1 of 12 on third down compared to NDSU's 9 of 16.
The Bison defense registered seven sacks including two by Grant Olson, who had a team-high eight tackles, and three in a row by Cole Jirik, Travis Beck and Kyle Emanuel on SDSU's final drive before running the clock out. SDSU linebacker R.C. Kilgore had a game-high 17 tackles.
NDSU's Ojuri rushed 19 times for 113 yards, Crockett finished with 76 yards on 12 carries and quarterback Brock Jensen rushed 15 times for 61 yards. Jensen was 10-for-19 for 109 yards with one interception through the air. He broke Kevin Feeney's school record for total offense and now has 7,322 yards in his career.
Bison punter Ben LeCompte had seven punts go for an average of 44.3 yards including a career-long 75-yarder from NDSU's 25 in the first quarter and followed that with a 74-yarder from his own 8-yard line.
Zach Zenner, the leading rusher in the Football Championship Subdivision with 742 yards through four games, ran eight times for only four yards. SDSU quarterback Austin Sumner was 14 of 30 passing for 156 yards.
A record crowd of 16,498 was on hand at Couglin-Alumni Stadium. NDSU posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1987 when the Bison won 34-0 at Augustana (S.D.) and 33-0 at home over Morningside.
North Dakota State hosts Northern Iowa at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in the annual Trees Bowl game at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome
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The University of Northern Iowa football team defeated No. 9 McNeese State in a top-10 battle, defeating the Cowboys 41-6.
Sophomore Sawyer Kollmorgen finished 16-27-0 for a season-high 288 yards and three touchdowns. David Johnson came away with 108 yards in the air and 87 on the ground for 253 all-purpose yards along with Kevin Vereen's outstanding 109 yard receiving performance.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers racked up 66 total tackles with Jordan Gacke leading the way with 10 tackles. Isaac Ales finished with two sacks and UNI notched three fumble recoveries including two being forced.
Johnson found his way into the end zone with 3:48 left in the first quarter when Kollmorgen found him open for a 32-yard play to give UNI a 7-0 lead. A great block by Phil Wright for the touchdown ended the drive, taking 1:53 off the clock for four plays and 43 yards.
After the Panthers faked a field goal, Justin Black threw a lob pass to Sam Rohr for an acrobatic catch to put UNI in the red zone. Brion Carnes scored on the next play off a 15-yard rush to put UNI up 14-0 with 14:21 left in the second quarter.
Kollmorgen found Vereen Jr. for a 39-yard pass and catch combo in the second quarter, putting UNI in scoring territory again. After three plays, Tyler Sievertsen knocked in a 23-yard field goal to give UNI a 17-0 lead with 8:06 on the clock. The drive took 4:25 off the clock for 10 plays and 69 yards.
Kollmorgen finished the first half 10-18 for 157 yards and a touchdown. Johnson led the Panthers in the air attack with 67 yards and a touchdown. Gacke and Sam Tim both notched six tackles each to lead the UNI defense in the first half.
Chad Owens opened the second half with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Kollmorgen for his second touchdown of the season, putting UNI up 24-0. The Panthers added its seven points to the board with 13:07 left in the third quarter, taking 1:53 off the clock for four plays and 73 yards.
McNeese State jumped on the scoreboard with 8:52 left in the third quarter when Marcus Wiltz notched a six-yard touchdown catch from Cody Stroud to cut the UNI lead to 24-6. After failing their two-point conversion attempt, the drive burned 4:15 off the clock for nine plays and 70 yards.
With less than 7:00 on the clock in the third quarter, a high snap got away from McNeese's quarterback giving Tim his first fumble recovery of the season to put UNI on the three-yard-line. Kollmorgen notched his first rushing touchdown of the season two plays later to give UNI a 31-6 lead with 6:20 on the clock.
Johnson scored his second touchdown of the game with 12:47 left in the fourth quarter when he broke free in the end zone for a five-yard reception to give UNI a 38-6 lead. The drive took 4:10 off the clock for eight plays and 74 yards.
Sievertsen's second field goal of the game with 5:23 left in the game would be the last point scored, giving UNI the 41-6 win over the No. 9 McNeese State Cowboys.
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