NDSU 'Bison' vs MSU 'Bears' 38 to 11
The Missouri State University (MSU) 'Bears
' won the coin toss. They elect to defer. This means NDSU defends the south end zone for quarters 1 and 4. It also means we will miss most the action, as it randomly takes place on the other end of the field today. MSU played the Bison
like the Bison
. The Bears
tried to stop the run and chewed up the clock. The first half seemed to go quickly.
Defense played better in the second half. "Safety #5 Robbie Grimsley had a game-high 10 tackles and made one of NDSU's three interceptions to lead a Bison
defense that went 10 quarters without allowing a touchdown before Missouri State's only TD with 5:15 left in the game. Safeties #6 James Hendricks and #3 Tre Dempsey had the other Bison
. It was nice to see WR #16 RJ Urzendowski in the mix. He hauled in six passes for 82 yards including a 26-yard touchdown.
The south end zone got the NDSU 'Play of the Game' when RB #10 Lance Dunn broke for a 44-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The game slowed down after a couple injuries including LB #48 Dan Marlette on a kickoff return. "Marlette is expected to miss the remainder of the season. He had filled in for senior linebacker Nick DeLuca, who missed two games with a knee injury." -Inforum.com. It was nice to see LB #49 Nick DeLuca back on the field. It was cool to see #37 Tre Fort playing Cornerback in the fourth quarter. MSU finally scored a touchdown. The last four minutes went by lightning fast.
North Dakota State won its 700th game as a college football program.. during Homecoming. The atmosphere is electric. MSU has always been a weak team in the MVFC, but they have always played NDSU hard, and they have gotten better these last two years.
1st 11:04 NDSU Jeff Illies 32-yard pass
1st 03:48 NDSU Lance Dunn 18-yard run
2nd 09:46 MSU Cameron Price 2-yard safety
2nd 02:00 MSU Zach Drake 40-yard field goal
2nd 00:43 NDSU Cam Pedersen 40-yard field goal
3rd 11:12 NDSU Lance Dunn 44-yard run
4th 13:21 NDSU RJ Urzendowski 26-yard pass
4th 09:22 NDSU Bruce Anderson 46-yard run
4th 05:15 MSU Jason Randall 9-yard run