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Believe In Your North Dakota State Bison Football Skills But Never Stop Improving

FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State could be the lone remaining unbeaten team within the Missouri Valley Football Conference soon after a 24-12 victory more than 10th-ranked Western Illinois on Saturday, Oct. 21, just before a crowd of 18,630 at Gate City Bank Field in the Fargodome.

The No. 2-ranked Bison (7-0, 4-0 MVFC) took more than sole possession of very first spot within the conference with No. 4-ranked South Dakota suffering its first loss in the year 37-21 at Illinois State.

NDSU shut out Western Illinois (5-2, 2-2 MVFC) in the second half and quarterback Easton Stick rushed for two touchdowns in the third quarter to assist the Bison erase their initial halftime deficit on the season.

"I believed, specially within the second half, we dominated the line of scrimmage and that is the challenge we gave for the guys at halftime," stated NDSU head coach Chris Klieman. "We had to come out and personal the line of scrimmage, each sides on the ball."

NDSU went 75 yards in 11 plays to open the second half capped by Stick's 2-yard plunge on fourth-and-1 from the WIU 2. The Bison defense forced a three-and-out and scored on the ensuing possession with plays of 23, 16 and 20 yards establishing Stick's 8-yard score.

Stick averaged six.8 yards on nine carries and finished with 61 yards around the ground. He went 11 of 18 passing for 221 yards and threw his 45th profession touchdown, tying Carson Wentz for third all-time at NDSU.

NDSU's RJ Urzendowski had 4 receptions for 100 yards and 1 touchdown, and Bruce Anderson led all rushers with 21 carries for 93 yards. WIU quarterback Sean McGuire was 17 of 28 passing for 185 yards and Jaelon Acklin created six catches for 115 yards.

James Hendricks, Caleb Butler and Robbie Grimsley every single produced 5 tackles to lead the Bison defense, which registered five sacks, two other tackles for loss, four pass breakups and two quarterback hurries.

"We had to acquire stress on McGuire. It's really hard to obtain stress on him," Klieman mentioned. "We made some stops inside the run game at the same time. I thought our defensive line played at a actually high level and for us to become productive we've to continue that."

The game was tied 3-3 late within the 1st quarter when Western Illinois went ahead using a 43-yard interception return touchdown by Quentin Moon. That snapped Stick's school-record streak of 152 passing attempts devoid of an interception.

NDSU went ahead 10-9 when Urzendowski scored on a 58-yard passing play, however the Fighting Leathernecks took a 12-10 lead into the halftime locker area due to a 52-yard field goal by Nathan Erickson on his initial career try.

"It's a hard league and there are no uncomplicated games," Klieman stated. "We just go on towards the subsequent, and we're going to beat every other up. There's no question about that."

North Dakota State Bison Jerseys Sale Dakota State hosts second-place Northern Iowa at two:30 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 28. The Panthers (4-3, 3-1 MVFC) are coming off a 19-14 dwelling win more than No. 9 Youngstown State and have won two straight including a 38-18 victory at seventh-ranked South Dakota State.
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