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NDSU, Iowa State softball canceled

Sunday’s college softball game between North Dakota State and Iowa State was canceled due to snow in the middle of the second inning with a 3-3 score. The game and statistics will not count toward either team’s record.
Game time temperature was 48 degrees with winds gusting from 30-40 mph out to right field at Tharaldson Park. The Bison were coming up to bat in the bottom of the second inning when the game was delayed for 35-minutes for snow and ultimately called off.
Iowa State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Milaysia Ochoa hit a one-out RBI single to score Sami Williams, and Logan Schaben hit a two-out, two-run double off the wall in left-center field to score Ochoa and Mikayla Ramos.
NDSU responded in the bottom of the first when Stephanie Soriano beat out an infield single and Montana DeCamp homered over the wall to make it 3-2. The Bison put two more runners on with infield errors before Nicole Licea’s sacrifice fly scored Skylar Padgett to make it 3-3.
North Dakota State (12-21, 7-5 Summit) returns home to host Omaha in a four-game Summit League series next weekend. Doubleheaders are scheduled for noon Saturday, April 24, and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 25, at Tharaldson Park.

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North Dakota to host Missouri State in FCS first round

Fighting Hawks to host playoff game for second time in Division I era
For the third time over the last five seasons, the University of North Dakota football program is postseason bound. The Fighting Hawks will host Missouri State on Saturday, April 24 at 3 p.m. in the opening round of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs, with the winner heading to No. 3 seed James Madison the following weekend.
This will be the third all-time meeting between North Dakota and Missouri State, with the teams splitting the previous contests. UND rolled past the Bears, 34-0, in the only meeting at the Alerus in 2017.
UND enters this postseason with a 20-14 overall record in its playoff history, including a 13-3 mark in Grand Forks. The Fighting Hawks last hosted a playoff game in 2016 against Richmond, which saw the program’s 10-game home winning streak in the postseason come to an end in a 27-24 defeat.
North Dakota also captured its 27th conference title in program history, third since the program moved to Division I in 2008, joining the 2011 Great West and 2016 Big Sky seasons. The 27 conference titles are the second most among Division I schools in the Dakotas.

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NDSU-Oral Roberts Baseball Series Finale Canceled

The series finale between North Dakota State and Oral Roberts, scheduled for Sunday, April 18, was canceled.
Rain and snow flurries started less than an hour before first pitch. With temperatures dropping, the decision was made to cancel the finale. The game will not be made up.
The Bison, 23-10 overall and 12-7 in the Summit League, return to action on Friday, April 23, with a doubleheader at South Dakota State. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. in Brookings.

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UMD tops North Dakota in record 5 OTs to reach Frozen Four

Luke Mylymok scored at 2:13 of the fifth overtime to send Minnesota Duluth into the Frozen Four with a 3-2 victory over North Dakota on Saturday night in the longest game in NCAA Tournament history.
Minnesota Duluth, which has won the last two national championships, became the first team to reach four straight Frozen Fours since North Dakota accomplished the feat from 2005-08. But the Bulldogs had to outlast North Dakota to get there again.
The game lasted 142 minutes, 13 seconds — surpassing the previous mark of 123:53 set in St. Lawrence’s four-overtime victory against Boston University in 2000.
North Dakota nearly won it just moments before Mylymok’s goal when Jake Sanderson’s shot hit the post.
UMD (15-10-2) took the Fargo Regional and will play UMass in a Frozen Four semifinal April 8 in Pittsburgh. The winner advances to the national title game April 10.
Minnesota Duluth scored twice in 80 seconds early in the third period to take a 2-0 lead, only to see the Fighting Hawks (22-6-1) tie it on two late goals in 44 seconds with an extra skater on the ice. North Dakota pulled even on a goal by captain Jordan Kawaguchi at 19:03.
After four scoreless overtimes at Scheels Arena, Mylmok skated in alone on goalie Adam Scheel and finally scored the winner with a wrist shot. Meanwhile, Scheel finished the game with 51 saves.
Minnesota Duluth freshman Zach Stejskal stopped 57 shots. After cramping up, he was replaced by sophomore Ryan Fanti in the fourth overtime. Fanti made six saves in 17:36.

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NDSU football game vs. South Dakota canceled

It was announced on Saturday that the Missouri Valley Football Conference had canceled the South Dakota-North Dakota State football game due to COVID-19 protocols.
Scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, South Dakota on Saturday, the announcement was made a few hours before kickoff. The game will not be rescheduled.
Valley Football athletically related activities will take place only to the extent permitted by local environments and applicable national, state, local and institutional guidelines in order to safeguard the health and safety of participants, staff and fans.
Next up on the schedule, NDSU (5-1, 4-1) plans to host South Dakota State University (4-1, 4-1) on Saturday, April 3. Kickoff for that contest is slated for 2:30 p.m.

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No. 4 NDSU upsets No. 2 UND, 34-13, in Fargo

Bison account for 456 yards of offense; 36 minutes of possession in win

North Dakota State used a formula known to every football fan across the country in a 34-13 upset victory over No. 2 North Dakota on Saturday afternoon from Gate City Bank Field at the FargoDome.
UND (4-1, 4-1 MVFC), who entered as the league’s top rushing defense, surrendered 316 yards on 54 carries while allowing NDSU (5-1, 4-1 MVFC) to possess the ball for nearly 37 minutes in the win. Hunter Luepke shined in his first game of the season for the Bison, rushing 28 times for 190 yards and three touchdowns, including a 55-yard score on the game’s first drive.
Otis Weah continued his assault on FCS defenses, rushing for 129 yards and a career-high 74-yard score on only 13 carries. The Moorhead, Minn., native averaged nearly 10 yards per carry to notch his second 100-yard game of the season.
A trio of Fighting Hawks had at least three catches on the afternoon, but it was true freshman Bo Belquist who shined. The New Rockford native led the visitors with 39 yards and touchdown to pull the green and white within a score on the opening drive of the second half.
Tommy Schuster completed 50 percent of his passes for 143 yards and a touchdown while throwing an interception in the fourth quarter. The redshirt freshman was not sacked for the fourth time in five games, while the UND offense committed only two false start penalties.
Devon Krzanowski led the way for the Fighting Hawk defense once again, leading the team with eight tackles and a half stop for loss. The junior forced his third turnover of the year with an interception in the first quarter, the first of his career at UND. Hayden Galvin also came up with his first pick of the year, stepping in front of Zeb Noland pass that led to Weah’s touchdown scamper one play later.
After a quick pair of stops on first and second down to begin the game, UND looked poised to start the game strong on defense, but a 20-yard pass on third down gave NDSU life before Luepke broke off a 55-yard scamper on the ensuing play to give the Bison a 7-0 lead just 50 seconds into the game.
North Dakota got the offense going after the Krzanowski interception, marching into NDSU territory following an 18-yard screen to Dalton Gee and a 14-yard strike to Chrysten Cochran. The drive stalled at the NDSU 38, however, as Weah was stopped at the line on a 4th and 1 effort. The momentum swung back towards the visitors just moments later, with Gavin leaping for an interception before Weah busted a 74-yard score one play later to cut the lead to 7-6.
NDSU answered right back with a 16-play, 82-yard scoring drive that took over eight minutes off the clock and was capped off by a second rushing touchdown for Luepke to extend the advantage to 14-6 in the second quarter. Both sides couldn’t get much going on offense over the remainder of the half, until Noland found Christian Watson for 63 yards down the sideline for a touchdown with just 1:06 remaining in the half to send the hosts to the locker room with a 21-6 lead.
Needing a spark out of the half, Luke Skokna got it started with a 41-yard kick return to put the Hawks in business to begin the stanza. UND was able to get the Bison to jump offside on a 4th and 1 play to extend the drive, hitting Garett Maag for 20 yards on the next play and the Belquist on a beautiful route in the corner of the end zone for the score and a 21-13 deficit.
UND looked to get the stop on the next drive, but a pass interference penalty on the Hawks gave the Bison new life and they took advantage with a touchdown drive to restore the 15-point advantage, 28-13 heading to the fourth quarter.
North Dakota State added two field goals in the fourth quarter and kept the Fighting Hawks off the board in the frame to pull off the upset over the nation’s second-ranked team.
While NDSU plans to travel to South Dakota for its next contest this Saturday against the Coyotes at 1 p.m., UND will hit the road that day for a showdown with Youngstown State at 11 a.m.

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UND downs Leathernecks 38-21

Hawks account for over 500 yards of offense; improve to 4-0
Redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Schuster threw for a career high 328 yards and three touchdowns while the rushing attack combined for 216 yards to pace No. 3 North Dakota past Western Illinois, 38-21, on Saturday afternoon from Hanson Field in Macomb.
UND, who entered Saturday’s contest as the league’s top team in time of possession, held the ball for over 41 minutes, ran 80 plays and accounted for 544 yards of total offense to move to 4-0 for the first time since 2008.
A week after going 11-for-16 on third down, the Fighting Hawks were efficient once again with an 8-for-12 afternoon against the Leathernecks (0-3, 0-3 MVFC), while also going 1-for-1 on fourth down and punting only once in the contest.
“It was new for a lot of our guys– we have 17 guys that had never been on a trip here at UND,” head coach Bubba Schweigert said of his team’s first road trip of the season in its new league. “I thought our players handled the travel well and I challenged them to focus on the performance.”
Adam Zavalney caught a pair of touchdowns in the opening half as the visiting Fighting Hawks jumped out to a 21-7 lead at the break. It may have been more if not for a couple of fumbles that gave Western Illinois some extra opportunities. The UND defense was sure to squash those breaks, however, as WIU mustered just 25 yards of total offense in the first quarter and the Leathernecks could only gather 26 yards rushing for the game.
Devon Krzanowski once again made his living in the backfield for the UND defense, collecting a pair of sacks to go alongside his six tackles. The junior also pounced on a fumble in the third quarter that resulted in a touchdown drive for the visitors. Hayden Reynolds paced the Hawks with seven total tackles while Kadon Kauppinen had a team-high five solo tackles and six total.
North Dakota now turns its attention to a big matchup with rival North Dakota State, the first conference meeting between the schools since both were in NCAA Division II in the North Central Conference in 2003. UND won that game, 28-21, in overtime in what would be the final game in the Nickel Trophy rivalry.
“It’s obviously a big game for us, we haven’t been in the same league for many years,” Schweigert said. “We’re looking forward to that. We’re trying to get our fifth win and it would be over a very good football team and a program that we have a lot of respect for.”

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Price, Miller spark NDSU to 21-13 win over Illinois State

Jayden Price returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Cam Miller scored on a 6-yard run with 3:39 left in the game to spark No. 5-ranked North Dakota State to a 21-13 win over 22nd-ranked Illinois State on Saturday, March 13, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
Miller, a true freshman from Solon, Iowa, came off the bench for the Bison (4-1, 3-1 MVFC) to rush for a team-high 57 yards on 11 carries and went 5 of 7 passing for 61 yards playing a majority of the second half in relief of starter Zeb Noland.
Price’s punt return came after a three-and-out on Illinois State’s first offensive possession of the game. It was the third-longest punt return in NDSU history, tying the 85-yard touchdown by Ryan Smith against Missouri State in 2013.
The Bison got another three-and-out before Miller started NDSU’s second drive with a 23-yard completion to Christian Watson. Miller and Noland traded snaps throughout the first half with Noland finishing 6 of 13 passing for 72 yards and two interceptions.
Kobe Johnson’s 15-yard touchdown run capped an eight-play, 67-yard drive that gave NDSU a 14-0 lead with 5:37 left in the first quarter, but the Bison committed four turnovers in the game and wouldn’t score again until Miller’s TD late in the fourth.
Illinois State (0-3, 0-3 MVFC) got a 4-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Jefferson to Tanner Taula in the third quarter and closed within 14-13 in the fourth quarter on Tyler Pennington’s 1-yard TD run before NDSU defensive end Spencer Waege blocked the PAT kick.
North Dakota State kept the ball for the next 8:13 of the game running 13 plays and marching 84 yards for the final score. Meanwhile, Watson finished with four receptions for 93 yards and Dominic Gonnella rushed 11 times for 43 yards for NDSU.
Linebacker James Kaczor made a team-high eight tackles with one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries to lead the Bison defense. Linebacker Jackson Hankey and cornerback Josh Hayes each made seven tackles, and safety Dom Jones snared his first career interception.

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North Dakota State shuts out Missouri State, 25-0

North Dakota State’s defense had seven sacks and the No. 6-ranked Bison shut out Missouri State for the second straight season 25-0 on Saturday, March 6, at Plaster Stadium.
Defensive end Spencer Waege had three sacks and a forced fumble, and linebacker James Kaczor made a team-high seven tackles for NDSU (3-1, 2-1 MVFC). The Bison have held Missouri State scoreless for nine quarters dating back to 2018.
North Dakota State opened the scoring late in the first quarter when Zeb Noland connected with tight end Noah Gindorff on a seven-yard touchdown pass to cap a 12-play, 71-yard scoring drive kept alive by a fake punt and 23-yard run by punter Garret Wegner.
Missouri State answered with a 12-play drive of its own, but NDSU defensive end Brayden Thomas blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt to keep the Bears scoreless.
NDSU opened up a 15-0 lead on a 53-yard touchdown run by Jalen Bussey and two-point conversion by James Kaczor, and a career-long 38-yard field goal by Jake Reinholz put the Bison ahead 18-0 with 1:25 left in the second quarter.
Waege had a pair of sacks on the ensuing drive to get NDSU the ball back with 25 seconds before halftime, and the Bison capitalized on their second play with Noland hitting Braylon Henderson in stride for an 81-yard touchdown play.
Noland finished 10 of 15 passing for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Eight different players caught passes for the Bison with tight end Josh Babicz and running back Dominic Gonnella making two receptions each.
Bussey finished with a game-high 90 rushing yards on nine carries, Gonnella rushed 14 times for 76 yards and Kobe Johnson carried 15 times for 64 yards.
North Dakota State is scheduled to host Illinois State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13.

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Southern Illinois ends North Dakota State’s 39-game winning streak

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Javon Williams Jr. and Romeir Elliott each had a pair of touchdown runs, and Southern Illinois beat top-ranked North Dakota State 38-14 on Saturday that ended the Bison’s 39-game winning streak.
North Dakota State (2-1, 1-1 Missouri Valley), which has won three straight FCS championships, last lost on Nov. 4, 2017 to then-No. 8 South Dakota State.
“We didn’t show up and play very well,” Bison coach Matt Entz said. “There was not any position group that played well.”
It was the Bison’s worst defeat since a 37-6 loss at Cal Poly during the 2005 season.
Williams ran for a 3-yard score and Elliott broke loose for a 20-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Both scores followed a North Dakota State turnover. Elliott finished with 91 yards rushing and Williams had 41, and the pair also had touchdown runs in the second quarter.
The Salukis (2-1, 1-1) snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Bison, who were 16.5-point favorites.
“This game will be recognized for a long time, maybe the biggest win in that stadium,” Southern Illinois coach Nick Hill said of ending North Dakota State’s FCS-record winning streak.
Avante Cox had seven receptions for 138 yards for Southern Illinois. His 65-yard catch set up Williams’ 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down to give the Salukis a 17-0 lead with about a minute left in the second quarter.
Salukis quarterback Nic Baker, making his first career start and filling in for senior Kare Lyles, who left with a rib injury during last week’s game against North Dakota, was 17-of-23 passing for 254 yards. His 6-yard touchdown pass to Landon Lenoir stretched the Salukis’ lead to 24-7 early in the fourth quarter.
“It’s what I hope for, it’s what I’ve dreamed of,” Baker said. “I kind of want those moments.”
Zeb Noland threw a 37-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass that was tipped to Jake Lippe that pulled the Bison to 17-7 at the break. Jalen Bussey’s 63-yard run set up Noland’s 5-yard touchdown run with 2:16 remaining.
Noland was 13 of 24 for 159 yards. Bussey finished with 72 yards on three carries. The Bison were held to 268 yards of offense and their time of possession was just 18:34.
It was Southern Illinois’ first win against the Bison since a 24-14 home victory on Sept. 26, 2009.