NDSU vs SIU 65 to 17

The NDSU ‘Bison’ finish the 2018 regular season by hosting the Southern Illinois State ‘Salukis’ at the Fargodome.
The Salukis are currently the weakest team in the MVFC. They have a pretty good offense but a weak defense. Last week they played the South Dakota State ‘Jackrabbits’ and lost: 57–38. The Salukis gained 541 yards. SIU QB Matt DeSomer had four rushing touchdowns. However, the SIU defense was unable to stop the Jackrabbits, who scored on several long drives late in the game. Can DeSomer score enough to make up for their weak defense today?

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NDSU vs SIU 65 to 17

NDSU at MSU 48 to 7

The NDSU ‘Bison’ head to Springfield to play the Missouri State ‘Bears’ for the outright MVFC championship.
Missouri State started the season strong with some impressive victories but have since fallen to (4–5). NDSU has struggled at times on Plaster Field, but have won the last seven meetings. The last Bison loss in Springfield was an unexpected 3–0 loss to cap their 2010 regular season. Can the unexpected be expected today? Will the weather be a factor?

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NDSU at MSU 48 to 7

YSU Post Game Press Conference

Post Game Press Conference with NDSU Head Coach Chris Klieman, Quarterback #12 Easton Stick, Running Back #10 Lance Dunn, Defensive End #91 Derrek Tuszka, and Defensive End #96 Greg Menard.
This was one of the better post-game press conferences. Chris and his players gave some insights into the ‘Bison’ football team that I found interesting and help to explain the success of the team.

NDSU Head Coach, Chris Klieman

What a great college football game. Like I probably thought {and (I) know a number of our coaches and our upperclassmen did} that this was going to be a four quarter game against a head coach.. that I really respect. I told him (coach Pelini) before the game, “I know this is gonna be a barn burner.” He’d have (his) guys ready to play. That’s what I expected. It was a good football game. We made enough plays down in the fourth quarter to get the win. Obviously, it wasn’t great throughout the game: both sides of the ball at times (had issues), but give them credit, (our) guys came to play.. It was a battle. (I’m) so happy to get the win. The adversity will help us moving forward. Getting into a four quarter game (is) something this football team needed.. I told the guys, in the locker room, “we need a four quarter game like this.” And we were able to find a way to get a win. That’s the sign of a good football team.

NDSU Head Coach, Chris Klieman greats DE #91 in the north end-zone. -<small>Photo DSC05216 by Craig Maas</small>
NDSU Head Coach, Chris Klieman greats DE #91 in the north end-zone. –Photo DSC05216 by Craig Maas

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YSU Post Game Press Conference

NDSU vs YSU 17 to 7

The NDSU ‘Bison’ host the Youngstown State ‘Penguins’ at the Fargodome.
Today’s game is the 45th annual Harvest Bowl game, which celebrates excellence in agriculture, education and athletics. The Harvest Bowl is notable for the green ‘Harvest’ helmets the Bison will wear today. NDSU has played YSU since 1972. They’ve played 12 times and NDSU has won six straight. Last year’s game ended in overtime with a NDSU field goal: 27–24. Youngstown had a bad game against Indiana State last week. BennettRank are giving the Bison 43 points. This is crazy. The Penguin players are not going to lay down and take another tongue-lashing from coach Pelini. But can they play hard enough to walk out with a victory?

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NDSU vs YSU 17 to 7

USD Post Game Press Conference

Post Game Press Conference with NDSU Head Coach Chris Klieman, Quarterback #12 Easton Stick, Linebacker #42 Jabril Cox, and Tight  End #82 Ben Ellefson
This was one of the better post-game press conferences. Chris and his players gave some insights into the ‘Bison’ football team that I found interesting and help to explain the success of the team.

NDSU Head Coach, Chris Klieman

A great great performance by our team today. We were clicking on all cylinders against a good team that can give you a lot of problems with their tempo offense. From the start, our guys had great focus; had great energy. (We) came out (with) a couple of big plays offensively. The big play to Shep’ (WR #20 Darrius Shepherd)- up against the pressure. Then a big run by Lance (RB #10 Lance Dunn). A big interception by Jabril (LB #42 Jabril Cox). Another punt return: some of the explosive plays (that) Shep’ ..got us onto a great start. (USD) They did some nice things, tempo wise offensively, to get us on our heels a little bit in the first half.. Then they blitzed us relentlessly from the second quarter on. (They) did some good things, but we were able to crease them for some big runs when we caught them in the Blitz.. I tell our guys every week, “What you did last week in the Valley (Missouri Valley Football Conference) has no bearing on what you do next week. (It) doesn’t matter that South Dakota lost a couple in a row, or that we had a big win. You.. put those things behind. You have to focus on the task at hand.” We have eight one-week seasons in the Valley. We were able to get through five.. and now it’s just the next one. We have a terrific group of seniors that believe in the process of being relentless every week; winning each day to give yourself a chance to be successful on Saturday. That’s a great group of seniors that are tremendous leaders, and tremendous players. So (I’ll) open up (for) questions.

NDSU QB #12 Easton Sticks pass is complete to TE #82 Ben Ellefson for 21 yards to the 50 yard-line. First Down NDSU. Coach Chris Klieman signals his team. -<small>Photo DSC04556a by Craig Maas</small>
NDSU QB #12 Easton Stick’s pass is complete to TE #82 Ben Ellefson for 21 yards to the 50 yard-line. First Down NDSU. Coach Chris Klieman signals his team. –Photo DSC04556a by Craig Maas

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USD Post Game Press Conference

NDSU at USD 59 to 14

The NDSU ‘Bison’ take their only bus trip to Vermillion, South Dakota to play the ‘Coyotes’ in the Dakotadome.
They’ve played 82 times before. The rivalry goes back to 1903. Both teams made the move to Division IA, but before then they played Division II football in the old North Central Conference.
South Dakota had a good year last year and beat the Bison three years ago in the Fargodome. This year the Coyotes come in 3–4, while the Bison are undefeated. Can they pull off another upset this year?

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NDSU vs ISU 28 to 14

The NDSU ‘Bison’ host the Illinois State ‘Redbirds’ this week. NDSU is ranked #1 in FCS, while ISU is ranked #7. They have played ten times including on January 10th, 2015 for the FCS National Championship, which NDSU won in a thriller of a game. The teams are well matched. Everyone expects a Thriller today.

NDSU QB #12 Easton Stick runs 20 yards to the Illinois 38 before hes tackled by CB #20 Willie Edwards and FS #14 Luther Kirk. It was Third and 3 at NDSU 42, on the last play of the 3rd Quarter. -<small>Photo DSC05524 by Craig Maas</small>
NDSU QB #12 Easton Stick runs 20 yards to the Illinois 38 before he’s tackled by CB #20 Willie Edwards and FS #14 Luther Kirk. It was Third and 3 at NDSU 42, on the last play of the 3rd Quarter. –Photo DSC05524 by Craig Maas

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NDSU vs ISU 28 to 14