North Dakota State 58, The Incarnate Word 0
We arrived at the Fargodome almost an hour before kickoff. The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) 'Cardinals
' appeared to be writhing on the turf, much like they would be later. NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani introduces the Frisco (TX) Mayor Maher Maso who would love to have the Bison return to the National Championship in his town. As Fargo Loved having ESPN 'Game Day' return to town this morning. Bresciani presided over the raising of the Championship banner as the fans scream in delight. The 'Cardinal
' players were on the sidelines, watching in the darkened dome with the flashing gold/green cellphone displays. Some appeared to be praying in the end zone. It wouldn't help. The game was televised by KVLY and the Fargodome was sold out. The game was a blow out. UIW played as best they could but were over-matched on Offense, Defense, and Special Teams. The Fargodome could have turned off the Stats Board as the Passing, Rushing, and Total numbers looked terrible for UIW. At least no one got hurt. I did feel sorry for the NDSU Cheerleaders and ROTC members who were doing push ups in the end zone after every touchdown. It was funny to see the female cheerleaders come by and sit on them, or pretend to trip over them while they were doing 40+ push ups. This was Chris Klieman's first home game as the Bison's Head Coach. He should be very happy. Not only did they dominate, but he was able to play just about everyone with back up quarterback #18 Cole Davis taking over for #11 Carson Wentz; trying out a number of running backs and receivers. Sitting in the south end zone we had a good game with 14 points scored on our end in the first quarter and 23 in the third quarter. By the fourth quarter most of the fans had left, but we stayed to the final whistle.
UIW: 00 00 00 00 = 00
NDSU 14 14 23 07 = 58First quarter
NDSU TE #86 Jeff Illies 11-yard pass from QB #11 Carson Wentz (#17 Adam Keller kick), 11 minutes, 50 seconds remaining. 3 plays, 15 yards, :52 second drive. Bison stop IWU on three plays to open the game. NDSU CB #06 C.J. Smith returns punt 47 yards to the 15. On third-and-6, #18 Wentz hits #86 Illies on a slant in the end zone. NDSU 7, IWU 0.
NDSU WR #16 R.J. Urzendowski 60-yard pass from #11 Wentz (#17 Keller kick), :35 second drive. 4 plays, 73 yards, 1:46. #11 Wentz picks up third-and-1 with four-yard pass to fullback #46 Andrew Bonnet. #16 Urzendowski gets open down the middle on next play. NDSU 14, IWU 0.Second quarter
NDSU RB #23 John Crockett 36-yard run (Keller kick), 7;36. 3 plays, 52 yards, 1:15 drive. #11 Wentz and WR #82 Zach Vraa hook up for 16 yards on second-and-9 to the Cardinals’ 36-yard line. #23 Crockett bursts through big hole on right side on next play. NDSU 21, IWU 0.
NDSU RB #22 King Frazier 29-yard pass from #11 Wentz (#17 Keller kick), 1:20 drive. 10 plays, 92 yards, 5:14. #11 Wentz and #23 Crockett combine for nine yards on third-and-8 to the Bison 19-yard line. #11 Wentz scrambles seven yards on third-and-5 to the 32. His screen pass to #46 Bonnet gains 20 yards to near midfield. #11 Wentz hits #23 Crockett for 11 yards to the 37. NDSU 28, IWU 0.Third quarter
NDSU RB #23 John Crockett 5-yard run (#17 Keller kick), 11:13. 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:47 drive. Bison take second half kickoff. #11 Wentz hits #16 Urzendowski for 11 yards on first play. Pass to TE #85 Kevin Vaadeland gets first down to the NDSU 46. #11 Wentz converts on third-and-10 with 30-yard pass to RB #25 Chase Morlock to the 24. #23 Crockett gains 19 yards. NDSU 35, IWU 0.
NDSU RB #25 Chase Morlock 7-yard run (#31 Tom Barneson kick), 9:56. 4 plays, 20 yards, 1:08 drive. Linebacker #09 Esley Thorton forces fumble and DE #97 Brad Ambrosius recovers it at the 20-yard line. NDSU QB #18 Cole Davis passes 13 yards to WR #21 Demitrius Gray to the 13. NDSU 42, IWU 0.
NDSU RB #22 King Frazier 9-yard run (kick failed), 5:19. 5 plays, 52 yards, 2:26 drive. NDSU QB #18 Cole Davis passes 11 yards to tight end TE #87 Connor Wentz to the 27. #25 Morlock gains 18 yards to the 9. NDSU 48, IWU 0.
NDSU Kicker #17 Adam Keller, hit a 44 yarded, 2:19. 4 plays, 6 yards, 2:08 drive. Linebacker #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker picks off UIW QB #05 Breylann McCullom pass and returns it to the Cardinal 33. NDSU 51, IWU 0.Fourth quarter
NDSU DB #02 Shea DeJong 69-yard interception return (#31 Tom Barneson kick), 11:53. Cardinals put together best drive of the day getting to the Bison 42-yard line on two first downs. But #02 DeJong picks off a pressured UIW #05 McCullom pass and returns it untouched. NDSU 58, IWU 0.Source InForum.com
: NDSU-Incarnate Word football box score. Coverage of the game by Eric Peterson