NDSU vs ISU 41 to 17

The NDSU ‘Bison’ host the Indiana State ‘Sycamores’ on Senior Day. It’s the last regular season home game and the Bison need to keep their foot on the gas.

This afternoon’s game is “Code Green”, which means I have to dig further back in my closet for my green Bison clothing. Hopefully the ‘Bison’ won’t have to dig quite so deep to beat the 4–6 ‘Sycamores’. ISU has not won in the Fargodome since 2012. But this is the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) and anything can happen. If the ‘Bison’ take the ‘Sycamores’ for granted, NDSU will pay the price.

NDSU QB #12 Easton Stick runs for 21 yards and a Bison First Down. 2nd and 10 at the Indiana 44 with 12:08 left in the 3rd Quarter. -<small>DSC03610 photo by Craig Maas</small>.
NDSU QB #12 Easton Stick runs for 21 yards and a ‘Bison’ First Down. 2nd and 10 at the Indiana 44 with 12:08 left in the 3rd Quarter. –DSC03610 photo by Craig Maas.

Note: I attended and photographed this game. Each photo’s description follows the play-by-play, so I recommend you look at the photos in the gallery or use the slideshow for a visual play-by-play of the game.


Game Review

Senior Day

There was a short recognition ceremony for NDSU’s 10 seniors before the game. While the lights were still out, NDSU Head Coach, Chris Klieman greeted each senior individually as they came out of the inflatable helmet, under the glow of the spotlight, and rounds of applause by the fans. Eleven is the smallest senior class since having seven in 2012.

  • CB #02 Quinten McCoy
  • WR #13 Eric Perkins
  • RB #22 King Frazier
  • RB #25 Chase Morlock (Moorhead, MN)
  • LB #41 MJ Stumpf (Harvey, ND)
  • LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker
  • LB #49 Nick DeLuca
  • OG #66 Zack Johnson
  • OL #70 Jack Plankers (Leonard, ND)
  • OT #78 Landon Lechler (Beach, ND)
  • DE #97 Brad Ambrosius

Pre-Game

The game was played from 2:36 until 5:48 pm., on Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome with 18,276 in attendance.

NDSU Team Captains: QB #12 Easton Stick, FS #03 Tre Dempsey, RB #25 Chase Morlock, and LB #41 MJ Stumpf meet with ISU Team Captains: WR #2 Sam Levingston, FS #3 Tsali Lough, LB #7 Cedric Doxy, and LS #58 Joshua Appel at mid-field for the coin toss. The NDSU ‘Bison’ won the coin toss. They will defer to second half.


First Quarter

Cam Pedersen (#36) on the kickoff for a Touchback. First and 10 at the Indiana 25.

ISU RB #24 Roland Genesy runs up the middle 6 yards into DT #90 Grant Morgan. Genesy runs 3 yards before he’s tackled by LB #44 Matt Plank and DT #90 Grant Morgan. Genesy again for 2 yards. The tackle was made by DT #63 Aaron Steidl and DE #97 Brad Ambrosius. First and 10 at the Indiana 36.
WR #10 Kelvin Cook in at QB for Indiana State is tackled for a loss of 2 yards by FS #3 Tre Dempsey and LB #44 Matt Plank. #12 Aaron Young is back at QB for Indiana State. Young hits WR #2 Sam Levingston, spins out of two tackles for 7 yards before he’s tackled by DE #93 Jarrod Tuszka. Young’s next pass is incomplete to RB #24 Roland Genesy. A QB Hurry was credited to DE #96 Greg Menard. #98 Thomas Bouldin punts the ball 43 yards.

NDSU WR #20 Darrius Shepherd returns it 84 yards, behind a wall of blockers, for a Touchdown. Shepherd almost dropped the ball. #36 Cam Pedersen kicks the extra point. With 12:03 left in the First Quarter the Bison take a 7 to 0 lead.

Cam Pedersen (#36) on the ensuing kickoff for 60 yards. WR #4 Bob Pugh returns the ball 13 yards where he’s tackled by WR #15 Daniel Polansky. First and 10 at the Indiana 18.

ISU RB #24 Roland Genesy runs 6 yards; tackled by SS #5 Robbie Grimsley. Genesy again for 2 yards into DT #63 Aaron Steidl and DE #97 Brad Ambrosius. QB #12 Aaron Young runs off a QB Draw for 3 yards. SS #5 Robbie Grimsley and DT #63 Aaron Steidl made the tackle. First and 10 at the Indiana 29.
RB #23 Dimitri Taylor runs nowhere. LB #41 MJ Stumpf and DT #69 Blake Williams crashed the play. Young’s pass is incomplete to WR #10 Kelvin Cook. The ball was batted away by DE #95 Caleb Butler. Aaron Young is sacked for loss of 8 yards by LB #41 MJ Stumpf and DE #96 Greg Menard. All the Linebackers were on the line and blitzing. #98 Thomas Bouldin punts the ball 42 yards. A Fair Catch is called by WR #20 Darrius Shepherd. A Kick Catching Interference is called on WR #19 Dante Jones. First and 10 at the Indiana 48.

NDSU QB #12 Easton Stick with a deep pass to the end-zone. The pass, to WR #16 RJ Urzendowski, is broken up by CB #12 De Brockington. RB #22 King Frazier runs 6 yards into FS #3 Tsali Lough. Stick’s pass is complete to WR #16 RJ Urzendowski for 15 yards. RJ fights off CB #1 Rondell Green and and LB #20 Jameer Thurman for a few more yards. First and 10 at the Indiana 27.
Stick’s pass to TE #86 Jeff Illies is complete for 11 yards down the middle. FS #3 Tsali Lough made the tackle. First and 10 at the Indiana 16.
Stick keeps the ball and runs left for a Touchdown. #36 Cam Pedersen kicks the extra point. The clock reads 6:42. The Bison lead 14 to 0.

Cam Pedersen (#36) on the kickoff: 2 yards deep in the end-zone. WR #4 Bob Pugh brings it out 11 yards where SS #38 Jaxon Brown takes him down quickly. First and 10 at the Indiana 11.

ISU RB #24 Roland Genesy runs for 2 yards into LB #41 MJ Stumpf. QB #12 Aaron Young finds TE #15 Jacq McClendon across the middle for 3 yards. A big hit by LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker. Aaron Young is sacked for loss of 4 yards by LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker from the blind-side. #98 Thomas Bouldin punts the ball 40 yards. A Fair Catch is called by WR #20 Darrius Shepherd. First and 10 at the NDSU 48.

NDSU RB #22 King Frazier runs forward 3 yards into LB #7 Cedric Doxy and LB #40 Katrell Moss. RB #10 Lance Dunn runs 4 yards into FS #3 Tsali Lough and and DL #37 Kenyot Rollins. QB #12 Easton Stick hits WR #20 Darrius Shepherd in the flat for 3 yards. The tackle was made by CB #12 De Brockington. First and 10 at the Indiana 42.
QB #12 Easton Stick overthrows WR #83 Dallas Freeman on the near sidelines. Stick runs 42 yards for a Touchdown.. Stop-and-go all the way. LB #20 Jameer Thurman over-ran the play. #36 Cam Pedersen kicks the extra point. ISU is called off-sides. The penalty is declined. The ‘Bison’ are running away with the game 21 to 0.

Cam Pedersen (#36) on the ensuing kickoff: 64 yards. WR #4 Bob Pugh returns it 12 yards before he’s tackled by WR #13 Eric Perkins and LB #48 Dan Marlette. LB #46 Jonas Griffith is called for Unsportsmanlike Conduct. First and 10 at the Indiana 07.

ISU RB #13 Jaquan Keys is tackled for a loss of one yard LB #41 MJ Stumpf. Keys unlocks the ‘Bison’ defense and runs 9 yards up the middle. DT #69 Blake Williams and LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker made the tackle. DE #96 Greg Menard and DT #69 Blake Williams tackle Keys for loss of one. #98 Thomas Bouldin punts the ball 42 yards. A Fair Catch is called by WR #20 Darrius Shepherd. First and 10 at the NDSU 44.


Second Quarter

NDSU calls a Time Out as the play clock runs down to zero. RB #22 King Frazier runs forward 5 yards into LB #49 Antoni Broadus. RB #25 Chase Morlock runs for 2 hard yards. DL #52 Norvel McGlaun and LB #20 Jameer Thurman stopped the play. QB #12 Easton Stick’s pass is under-thrown to RB #10 Lance Dunn. #19 Jackson Koonce punts the ball 38 yards A Fair Catch is called by CB #1 Rondell Green. First and 10 at the Indiana 11.

ISU QB #12 Aaron Young rolls left and hits WR #18 Robert Tonyan on the near sidelines for for 9 yards. He was pushed out-of-bounds by LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker. Young throws it away. A direct snap to RB #24 Roland Genesy; DE #96 Greg Menard yields only one yard. First and 10 at the Indiana 21.
QB #12 Aaron Young under a QB Hurry by LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker for an incomplete pass. Young’s next pass is under-thrown to WR #2 Sam Levingston. Young is sacked for loss of 9 yards by DE #96 Greg Menard and CB #21 Jalen Allison. #98 Thomas Bouldin punts the ball 49 yards. A Fair Catch is called by WR #20 Darrius Shepherd. First and 10 at the NDSU 39.

NDSU RB #10 Lance Dunn runs for 8 yards off a delay; tackled by LB #20 Jameer Thurman. QB #12 Easton Stick, with time, complete his pass to WR #20 Darrius Shepherd, coming back on the far sideline: 19 yards before he’s wrestled out-of-bounds by SS #22 Phil Wilson. RB #25 Chase Morlock runs for 31 yards. OL #70 Jack Plankers made the hole, WR #4 Dimitri Williams made the block, FS #3 Tsali Lough and DB #32 Brento Lockett made the tackle. First and Goal at the Indiana 03.
RB #22 King Frazier runs for 2 yards into SS #22 Phil Wilson and DB #32 Brento Lockett. OG #62 Bryce Messner is called for Unsportsmanlike Conduct. 2nd and Goal at the Indiana 16.
RB #22 King Frazier can’t get around LB #40 Katrell Moss minus 4 yards. QB #12 Easton Stick’s pass is incomplete. TE #86 Jeff Illies couldn’t get seperation from SS #22 Phil Wilson. Wilson is helped off the field. Cam Pedersen kicks a 29-yard Field Goal. The ball flies under CB #1 Rondell Green’s arms. The ‘Bison’ extend their lead 24 to 0.

Cam Pedersen (#36) with the kickoff. WR #4 Bob Pugh fumbles the balls, recovers, runs sideways for the most part to the Indiana 4. WR #4 Dimitri Williams was called on a False Start penalty. Pedersen kicks it again. Pugh returns it 21 yards before he’s tackled by RB #25 Chase Morlock. First and 10 at the Indiana 23.

ISU RB #23 Dimitri Taylor runs forward 2 yards into LB #44 Matt Plank. Taylor loses two to DT #63 Aaron Steidl and DE #95 Caleb Butler. DE #96 Greg Menard blitzes; it shakes QB #12 Aaron Young so much the ball flips out of his hand and Menard recovered the fumble. First and 10 at the Indiana 13.

NDSU RB #22 King Frazier is stopped by DL #37 Kenyot Rollins for no gain. DL #99 Conlan Cassidy is called for Holding.
RB #22 King Frazier runs one yard before he’s tackled by LB #42 Inoke Moala. QB #12 Easton Stick’s pass is complete to WR #20 Darrius Shepherd for 3 yards; tackled in place by LB #20 Jameer Thurman. First and Goal at the Indiana 02.
RB #22 King Frazier and the ‘Bison’ O-line push the ‘Sycamores’ across for the Touchdown. Cam Pedersen kicks the extra point. ISU called for Holding. NDSU declines. With 5:09 left in the half the ‘Bison’ lead 31 to 0.

Cam Pedersen (#36) boots the kickoff 53 yards to near sidelines. CB #1 Rondell Green returns it 14 yards before he’s pushed out-of-bounds by WR #4 Dimitri Williams.

ISU QB #12 Aaron Young is called for a Delay Of Game. First and 15 at the Indiana 21. RB #24 Roland Genesy runs 3 yards into LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker and DT #92 Jack Darnell. Young’s pass is incomplete to WR #18 Robert Tonyan. Same play, same result. But they do get a First down when CB #2 Quinten McCoy is called for Pass Interference. Tonyan limps off the field.
QB #12 Aaron Young’s pass is complete to WR #85 Miles Thompson. DE #96 Greg Menard tipped the ball. RB #24 Roland Genesy runs 6 yards. Tackled made by LB #44 Matt Plank and DT #69 Blake Williams. First and 10 at the Indiana 50.
RB #24 Roland Genesy runs 2 yards into LB #44 Matt Plank and DT #69 Blake Williams. QB #12 Aaron Young’s pass is complete to WR #2 Sam Levingston for 7 yards. LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker made the tackle. RB #13 Jaquan Keys found a hole, broke some tackles, and ran for 29 yards. SS #5 Robbie Grimsley finally took him down. First and 10 at the NDSU 12.
WR #10 Kelvin Cook in at QB for Indiana State. RB #13 Jaquan Keys runs around the pile and gets 10 yards before CB #21 Jalen Allison pushes him out-of-bounds. First and Goal at the NDSU 02.
WR #10 Kelvin Cook, off the Wild-Cat, runs sideways behind his blockers until he turns the corner for a Touchdown. #38 Jerry Nunez kicks the extra point. With 1:47 left in the game the ‘Sycamores’ finally get on the scoreboard: 31 to 7.

Andre Lunsford (#96) on the ensuing kickoff: 63 yards. WR #4 Dimitri Williams returns the ball 27 yards. He keeps pushing before he’s tackled by FS #3 Tsali Lough and DB #27 KeAaris Ardley.

NDSU QB #12 Easton Stick’s pass is complete to RB #25 Chase Morlock, but no gain as he’s tackled by FS #3 Tsali Loughand and LB #7 Cedric Doxy. OT #68 Zack J. Johnson was called for Holding. First and 20 at the NDSU 19.
WR #4 Dimitri Williams runs the Jet-Sweep for 5 yards. LB #7 Cedric Doxy came across to make the tackle. Indiana State calls Timeout with 58 seconds left in the half. QB #12 Easton Stick’s pass is batted back by DL #52 Norvel McGlaun. Stick caught the pass, but lost one yard. The tackle was made by LB #9 Justin Hornsby and DL #37 Kenyot Rollins. Timeout Indiana State, 48 second remain in the half. RB #25 Chase Morlock runs 4 yards, spins, but can’t escape CB #12 De Brockington. Indiana State calls their final Timeout of the half at 43 seconds. #19 Jackson Koonce punts the ball 36 yards. CB #1 Rondell Green takes the ball but runs sideways and backwards before he’s taken down hard by LS #51 James Fisher. Unfortunately for Fish’ the ball was ruled down by contact. First and 10 at the Indiana 37.

ISU QB #12 Aaron Young’s pass is complete to WR #18 Robert Tonyan for 5 yards up the middle. The tackle was made by LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker. Pierre is slow coming up and comes off the field. QB #12 Aaron Young’s pass is off target. It was Intercepted by CB #21 Jalen Allison; returned 6 yards before he was tackled by WR #85 Miles Thompson. ISU is called for Holding. NDSU declines. First and 10 at the Indiana 43.

NDSU QB #12 Easton Stick’s pass is complete to WR #20 Darrius Shepherd on the far sidelines for 15 yards, He steps out-of-bounds with CB #1 Rondell Green. First and 10 at the Indiana 28.
Cam Pedersen kicks a 45-yard Field Goal to end the half. The ‘Bison’ extend their lead: 34 to 7.


Third Quarter

Andre Lunsford (#96) with the second half kickoff: 60 yards. WR #4 Dimitri Williams returns the ball 17 yards before he’s tackled by DL #48 Jaylin Bennett and RB #44 Hameed Oyedele. First and 10 at the NDSU 22.

NDSU RB #25 Chase Morlock pushes forward 7 yards into LB #7 Cedric Doxy and DL #99 Conlan Cassidy. RB #10 Lance Dunn runs over FS #3 Tsali Lough for 9 yards before LB #49 Antoni Broadus makes the tackle. First and 10 at the NDSU 38.
QB #12 Easton Stick can’t see an open receiver, but sees a hole, and runs 6 yards. The tackle was made by FS #3 Tsali Lough and DL #52 Norvel McGlaun. RB #25 Chase Morlock runs out a couple tackles and gets 12 yards. The tackle was made by LB #20 Jameer Thurman. First and 10 at the Indiana 44.
QB #12 Easton Stick’s pass is incomplete to WR #20 Darrius Shepherd on the near sidelines. CB #12 De Brockington made a great play on the ball; getting his hands off Shepherd in time, so no flag was thrown. Stick off a fake Jet-Sweep, can’t find an open receiver, so runs 21 yards in the open before LB #20 Jameer Thurman takes him down. First and 10 at the Indiana 23.
Stick throws behind WR #83 Dallas Freeman. Incomplete. RB #10 Lance Dunn runs 9 yards – the ‘Bison’ line easily moves the ‘Sycamores’ back a couple yards. LB #42 Inoke Moala and SS #22 Phil Wilson finally made the tackle. Dunn runs in for a 14-yard Touchdown. Stick pitched him the ball, Dunn ran to the far sideline.s SS #22 Phil Wilson could not get an angle on him. #36 Cam Pedersen kicks the extra point. With 11:07 left in the 3rd Quarter the ‘Bison’ lead 41 to 7.

Cam Pedersen (#36) on the ensuing kickoff for 54 yards. CB #1 Rondell Green return the ball 13 yards, but can’t get past LB #45 Levi Jordheim and LB #52 Jake Brinkman.

ISU RB #24 Roland Genesy runs forward 3 yards where he’s stuffed by LB #41 MJ Stumpf and DE #96 Greg Menard. Genesy for another 3 yards into DT #90 Grant Morgan and Menard. WR #10 Kelvin Cook in at QB for Indiana State. From the Wild-Cat, a hand-off to Genesy runs 5 yards. LB #41 MJ Stumpf and LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker finished the play. First and 10 at the Indiana 35.
QB #12 Aaron Young is back. Young under-throws WR #5 Clayton Smith. Young rolls out and throws on the run to WR #85 Miles Thompson for 13 yards. He’s pushed out-of-bounds by LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker. First and 10 at the Indiana 48.
A QB Hurry by DE #93 Jarrod Tuszka, forces Young’s pass out early – throws it away. Young’s next pass is complete to WR #2 Sam Levingston for 5 yards. The DBs play deep. LB #41 MJ Stumpf and DE #93 Jarrod Tuszka made the tackle. Young across the middle to WR #85 Miles Thompson. Five yard gain; tackle made by CB #21 Jalen Allison. First and 10 at the NDSU 42.
RB #24 Roland Genesy runs 2 yards into DE #97 Brad Ambrosius. FS #3 Tre Dempsey is helped off the field. RT #73 Presto Collier is called for a False Start. RB #23 Dimitri Taylor runs 4 yards into DT #90 Grant Morgan. Young hands off, off his pump fake; Taylor again goes airborne for 10 yards as he’s up-ended by SS #5 Robbie Grimsley and CB #21 Jalen Allison. First and 10 at the NDSU 31.
RB #23 Dimitri Taylor runs 2 yards into LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker and DT #90 Grant Morgan. Young rolls out on Play-Action, and throws to WR #2 Sam Levingston on the far sidelines, but Young didn’t lead him enough. Young hits TE #15 Jacq McClendon for 13 yards. SS #5 Robbie Grimsley tackles him out-of-bounds. RT #73 Presto Collier was called on a Personal Foul. Third and 23 at the NDSU 44. Young with time, hits WR #85 Miles Thompson, hoping for some bonus yards, but ISU only gets 3 yards before CB #35 Dom Davis made the tackle. #98 Thomas Bouldin punts the ball 25 yards. WR #20 Darrius Shepherd signals for a Fair Catch. First and 10 at the NDSU 16.

NDSU QB #7 Cole Davis takes over for Easton Stick who is done for the game. RB #10 Lance Dunn runs 3 yards before LB #20 Jameer Thurman grabs his foot. Dunn loses a yard to DL #51 Tyshon Waller. Davis doesn’t do any better throwing to Dunn. DB #32 Brento Lockett takes out his feet. TE #82 Ben Ellefson was called for Holding. ISU declines. #19 Jackson Koonce punts the football 30 yards. A Fair Catch is called by CB #1 Rondell Green. First and 10 at the NDSU 49.

ISU QB #12 Aaron Young’s pass is incomplete to WR #85 Miles Thompson. LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker is called for Pass Interference. The timing was close. First and 10 at the NDSU 46.
Young, under pressure, runs 10 yards before going out-of-bounds; chased down by SS #5 Robbie Grimsley and DE #91 Derrek Tuszka. First and 10 at the NDSU 36.
RB #13 Jaquan Keys runs 4 yards into LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker. Young has time, TE #15 Jacq McClendon goes up to make the catch, but SS #5 Robbie Grimsley pushed him out-of-bounds before he could get his feet down. WR #10 Kelvin Cook in at QB for Indiana State. Cook runs off to his right; then pitches the ball to RB #23 Dimitri Taylor. Taylor runs free until he’s knocked out-of-bounds, hard, by DE #96 Greg Menard. 4th and 1 at the NDSU 27.


Fourth Quarter

OL #76 Patrick McCown is called for a False Start. Indiana State calls a Timeout. QB #12 Aaron Young rolls to his left and hits WR #5 Clayton Smith in stride for 11 yards. CB #23 Jaylaan Wimbush tapped him down. First and 10 at the NDSU 21.
Young can’t find an open receiver, he takes off running and slides into SS #5 Robbie Grimsley’s legs; a gain of 4 yards. Young throws it away due to a QB Hurry by DE #93 Jarrod Tuszka. A student caught the ball in the stands! Young’s next pass is complete to a ‘Sycamore’ player: RB #23 Dimitri Taylor for 4 yards. Half the ‘Bison’ DBs are on the ground; Taylor might have scored except SS #29 Eric Bachmeier got up enough to grab his foot. DE #93 Jarrod Tuszka was called Offside.
WR #10 Kelvin Cook is back in at QB for Indiana State. Cook out of the Wild-Cat, runs to the right hash mark, then runs backwards and all the way left to the near sidelines. LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker chased him out-of-bounds for a loss of 11 yards. #38 Jerry Nunez kicks a 41-yard Field Goal. With 12:43 left in the game, NDSU leads 41 to 10.

Andre Lunsford (#96) on the kickoff: a 57-yard corner kick. WR #4 Dimitri Williams returns the ball 7 yards before DB #33 Lonnie Walker makes the tackle. First and 10 at the NDSU 15.

NDSU RB #10 Lance Dunn runs into DL #54 Adrian Butler and LB #20 Jameer Thurman for no gain. RB #25 Chase Morlock runs for 4 yards and no more. LB #49 Antoni Broadus and DL #94 Jake Sager made the stop. QB #7 Cole Davis, rolling out to his right, barely hits TE #85 Nate Jenson for 9 yards. LB #20 Jameer Thurman was all over it. First and 10 at the NDSU 28.
James Hendricks (#6) gets a shot at Quarterback for North Dakota State. Hendricks lost 4 yards. CB #12 De Brockington made the tackle off a Corner Blitz. RB #24 Demaris Purifoy gets 2 yards into LB #7 Cedric Doxy and DB #6 Marcus Gray. QB #7 Cole Davis back in the Shotgun for NDSU. His pass was blocked by LB #40 Katrell Moss. #19 Jackson Koonce punts the ball 32 yards. CB #1 Rondell Green returns the ball 12 yards. Green fights off tackles until OG #73 Zack Ziemer and TE #87 Connor Wentz finally bring him down. ISU LB #46 Jonas Griffith is called for a Personal Foul. He popped the helmet off LB #41 MJ Stumpf. First and 10 at the Indiana 39.

ISU RB #24 Roland Genesy follows his blockers for 6 yards. DT #69 Blake Williams and LB #52 Jake Brinkman make the tackle. Genesy again for 3 yards; again Williams makes the tackle. Genesy adds 2 yards. He’s tackled by LB #45 Levi Jordheim and DT #92 Jack Darnell. First and 10 at the Indiana 50.
QB #12 Aaron Young’s pass is complete to WR #2 Sam Levingston for 7 yards. Sam is tackled in place by LB #52 Jake Brinkman. RB #13 Jaquan Keys is stopped by DE #91 Derrek Tuszka and CB #35 Dom Davis for no gain. Off a pump-fake handoff, Genesy runs 35 yards before he’s pushed out-of-bounds by CB #2 Quinten McCoy. FS #27 Isaac Cenescar missed the tackle. First and Goal at the NDSU 08.
RB #13 Jaquan Keys spins out of LB #52 Jake Brinkman’s tackle. Brinkman lost his helmet. FS #27 Isaac Cenescar made the tackle after a gain of three. Genesy takes the hand-off and finds 3 yards up the middle before he’s tackled by LB #43 Kurt Mattox. Genesy finishes the drive with a 2-yard Touchdown run. He picked his way to the end-zone. The play is Reviewed, “The ruling on the field stands.” #38 Jerry Nunez kicks the extra point. With 4:52 left in the half, the ‘Sycamores’ work down the ‘Bison’ lead 41 to 17.

Andre Lunsford (#96) on the ensuing kickoff drives the ball to the 3. RB #28 Ty Brooks returns the ball 20 yards. He refuses to go down. FS #3 Tsali Lough finally got him down. First and 10 at the NDSU 23.

NDSU RB #24 Demaris Purifoy runs a yard. DL #99 Conlan Cassidy and DL #37 Kenyot Rollins made the stop. RB #28 Ty Brooks follows his blockers for 4 yards. The pile collapses under DL #51 Tyshon Waller and DL #37 Kenyot Rollins. Brooks is called for a Personal Foul. Brooks gets an earful from coach Klieman as does the ref. WR #4 Dimitri Williams claws back 11 yards before LB #20 Jameer Thurman makes the tackle. Indiana State calls a Timeout with 3:15 left in the game. #19 Jackson Koonce punts the ball 46 yards. CB #1 Rondell Green, starts running across field.. backwards; is tackled by LS #51 James Fisher for an eight-yard loss. First and 10 at the Indiana 21.

ISU RB #24 Roland Genesy dances 11 yards. He was tackled by DT #69 Blake Williams. QB #12 Aaron Young’s pass is incomplete to WR #2 Sam Levingston who was wrapped up by CB #35 Dom Davis. Young escapes a tackle, finds WR #5 Clayton Smith for 5 yards. Young throws down the middle to WR #18 Robert Tonyan for 4 yards into traffic; tackled in place by LB #48 Dan Marlette. RB #13 Jaquan Keys is spun by DE #53 Cole Karcz, and tackled for a loss of 3 yards by DE #91 Derrek Tuszka and LB #48 Dan Marlette.

NDSU RB #24 Demaris Purifoy runs up the middle for 6 yards into LB #42 Inoke Moala and DB #6 Marcus Gray. Purifoy for 2 more yards; meeting Moala again. Purifoy is tackled by LB #20 Jameer Thurman and FS #3 Tsali Lough for no gain. The clock runs out: End of the game.

Post Game

By Half Time the game was degenerating as Indiana State, playing their last game of the year, became chippy, and the NDSU players were not backing down. The game featured 139 yards of penalties. Chris Klieman was quoted as saying, “We need to be intense, but we need to be smart. Our season’s going to continue on. (ISU) Their’s isn’t. We need to be smart.”
RB #28 Ty Brooks, from Fargo South High, didn’t get the message. Ty reacted to a push from a ‘Sycamore’ player. Ty got an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty from the ref and an earful from Coach Klieman.

The ‘Bison’ Defense limited Indiana State to 162 total yards through three quarters. In the middle of the Third Quarter, Coach Klieman retired his starters and ISU was able to finally move the ball.

  • WR #20 Darrius Shepherd started the ‘Bison’ scoring with a 84-yard punt return Touchdown.
  • QB #12 Easton Stick had two running Touchdowns in the first quarter.
  • RB #22 King Frazier and RB #10 Lance Dunn each had a Touchdown.
  • Kicker #36 Cam Pedersen had 29-yard and 45-yard Field Goals.
  • LB #47 Pierre Gee-Tucker was named the NDSU Player Of The Game. He had a 12 tackles, one sack, two Tackles For Loss, and a Pass Breakup.
Scoring Plays
Qtr Clock Team Scoring Play Plays Yards TOP ISU NDSU
1st 12:03 NDSU D. Shepherd 84-yard return 1 84 0:00 0 7
1st 6:42 NDSU Easton Stick 16-yard run 5 48 1:59 0 14
1st 2:04 NDSU Easton Stick 42-yard run 5 52 2:16 0 21
2nd 8:23 NDSU Cam Pedersen 29-yard field goal 7 49 3:13 0 24
2nd 5:09 NDSU King Frazier 2-yard run 4 13 1:29 0 31
2nd 1:47 INS Kelvin Cook 2-yard run 9 74 3:18 7 31
2nd 0:00 NDSU Cam Pedersen 45-yard field goal 2 15 0:10 7 34
3rd 11:07 NDSU Lance Dunn 14-yard run 9 78 3:47 7 41
4th 12:43 INS Jerry Nunez 41-yard field goal 9 26 3:54 10 41
4th 4:52 INS Roland Genesy 2-yard run 9 61 4:10 17 41

Quotes

ISU Head Coach, Mike Sanford
We have had trouble covering punts. The last three games we have given up punts for touchdowns, and that is unacceptable. (Giving up 21 unanswered points) I think it was probably shock and dismay. We were like a fighter on the ropes early. But we came back and fought as the game went on.
It had more to do with how practice had gone, how games have gone. We had a very difficult decision back in training camp between Isaac Harker and Aaron Young. We ended up going with Isaac and he did a lot of good things during the course of the season, and this is obviously not a move going into next year. It was purely about today. (on QB selection)
I’m very proud of our group of seniors. (13 starters, 18 total) That was their last football game, and I think they have led us greatly. I’m very proud of them, and they have left a huge impression on our football program and I want to give thanks to them.
NDSU Head Coach, Chris Klieman
We knew that if we jumped on them early, we could get a lead and get the young guys in. That is exactly what the veteran players did today.. Those reps we got a lot of those backups will be valuable for us.
NDSU Linebacker, Pierre Gee-Tucker
I was jacked, just ready, just energized. I love hitting people and anytime I get the opportunity, I love doing it.
It was good, we were able to encourage the other players. Sometimes they don’t have the opportunity to get as many reps as we do so it was nice they could get a little bit of the limelight, too.
NDSU Quarterback, Easton Stick
The offensive line played well, the guys ran hard and we made plays with the football.
No, we don’t go out of bounds at NDSU, that’s not how we work. The guys did a good job of opening holes and I tried to find a way to win my one-on-one. (on his touchdown runs)
NDSU Punt Return, Darrius Shepherd
We talk week in and week out about having the explosive play. Special teams can be a game changer. I was a little scared, a little ‘whoa’ moment. But it all worked out (when he almost dropped the ball), and I had an entourage (blockers) to the end zone.

Team Statistics

Game Stats ISU NDSU
Passing Yards 90 73
Rushing Yards 154 243
Total Offensive Yards 244 316
Penalty Yards 8–73 7–66
First Downs 16 14
3rd Downs 10–20 4–11
4th Downs 1–2 0–0
Time Of Possession 35:26 24:34

References

InForum

The Fargo Forum has complete coverage of the game.

  • Jeff Kolpack: Bison score early knockout in a season of 15-round bouts.
  • Jeff Kolpack: Illies grows into another success story from 9-man to Division I football.
  • Jeff Kolpack: The North Dakota recruits- Four titles, three players, one common bond
  • Jeff Kolpack: Shepherd sparks Bison to easy victory over Indiana State.
  • Dave Wallis: Forum Photographer

NDSU Media

Opponent Media

Stream the entire game from KVLY and the NBC North Dakota Sports Network on YouTube.com. Brian Shawn calling the play-by-play, Lee Timmerman color analyst, and Beth Hoole on the sidelines.

Video


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