North Dakota 44, Missouri State 10 (FCS Playoffs 1st Round)

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – No. 7 North Dakota controlled nearly every facet in the game en route to a 44-10 victory over No. 12 Missouri State in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs from the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

The Fighting Hawks (5-1) scored on its first four possessions of the game while surrendering just 185 total yards to capture their first victory in the FCS playoffs in three tries and move to 11-1 inside the Alerus Center during postseason play.

It was another balanced attack on offense, with UND accumulating 223 yards through the air and 141 on the ground. QB Tommy Schuster did most of his work in the first half, finishing the day 13-of-18 for 223 yards and two scores. The redshirt freshman moves to 6-1 in his career at the helm, spreading the ball out to seven-different receivers.

Making their first NCAA appearance since 1990, Missouri State fell behind 27-3 at the intermission, but did not allow an offensive touchdown in the second half until the 2:17 mark of the fourth quarter with the game already in hand. The Fighting Hawks added a pair of unconventional scores on a blocked punt and an interception return in the third that put things out of reach.
Missouri State’s QB tandem of QB Jaden Johnson and QB Matt Struck combined to complete 12-of-31 pass attempts for 97 yards. Little led MSU’s rushers with 11 carries for 50 yards, while WR Damoriea Vick caught 5 passes for 52 yards.
Stadium: Alerus Center
Location: Grand Forks, N.D.
Attendance: 3074
Duration: 3:15

MSU: Matt Struck (71 PASS); Tobias Little (50 RUSH); Damoriea Vick (52 REC);

UND: Tommy Schuster (223 PASS); Otis Weah (64 RUSH); Bo Belquist (88 REC);

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North Dakota 21, South Dakota 10

GRAND FORKS, N.D – To say Otis Weah atoned for an early fumble would be an understatement. The redshirt sophomore running back put the ball on the turf trying to cross the goalline in the first quarter, but ran like a man possessed thereafter, chalking up a career-high 163 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns as fourth-ranked North Dakota defeated No. 20 South Dakota, 21-10, at Alerus Center Thursday evening. The win keeps UND perfect on the season, starting its Missouri Valley Football Conference era at 3-0.

North Dakota (3-0, 3-0 MVFC) scored 21 straight in the second and third quarters and a late Jordan Canady interception helped thwart a Coyote rally to make it 14 straight wins over South Dakota in Grand Forks.

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Stadium: Alerus Center
Location: Grand Forks, N.D.
Attendance: 3491
Duration: 2:50

USD: Camp,Carson (193 PASS); Henry,Kai (84 RUSH); Vander Esch,C. (57 REC);

UND Tommy Schuster (219 PASS); Otis Weah (163 RUSH); Garett Maag (75 REC);

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North Dakota 28, South Dakota State 17

GRAND FORKS, N.D – Host No. 14 North Dakota outscored third-ranked South Dakota State, 21-3, in the second half to earn a 28-17 Missouri Valley Conference win at the Alerus Center Saturday.

SDSU (1-1, 1-1 MVFC) needed just five plays to march the field on the opening drive, taking a quick 7-0 lead. UND (2-0, 2-0 MVFC) dodged a bullet later when the Jackrabbits were poised to make it a two-touchdown lead when a dropped pass set up a field goal try that the Fighting Hawks blocked. The UND special teams had a blocked kick, a blocked punt and a huge kickoff return to start the second half that kickstarted things for North Dakota as it trailed, 14-7, at the break.

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Stadium: Alerus Center

Location: Grand Forks, N.D.

 

Attendance: 3638

 

Duration: 3:06

SDSU: Mark Gronowski (309 PASS); Pierre Strong (95 RUSH); Jaxon Janke (161 REC);

UND Tommy Schuster (184 PASS); Otis Weah (88 RUSH); Garett Maag (87 REC);

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North Dakota 44, Southern Illinois 21

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — North Dakota forced five turnovers and rushed for 229 yards to blow past No. 24 Southern Illinois, 44-21, on Saturday afternoon from the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

UND (1-0, 1-0 MVFC) opened its Missouri Valley Football Conference history in strong fashion, outscoring the Salukis (1-1, 0-1 MVFC) 28-7 in the second half to turn a 16-14 halftime lead into the 44-21 victory.

It was a good balance on the offensive side for the Fighting Hawks, amassing 347 yards of total offense. Tommy Schuster was solid in his first-career start at quarterback, throwing for 118 yards and three scores while completing 15 of his 25 passes. On the ground, Otis Weah spearheaded a mutli-faced attack with 91 yards and a score on 13 carries. Luke Skokna also added some punch with 70 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries.

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Stadium: Alerus Center
Location: Grand Forks, N.D.
Attendance: 3176

Duration: 3:12

SIU: Baker, Nic (153 PASS); Elliott, Romeir (39 RUSH); Cox, Avante (107 REC);

UND Tommy Schuster (118 PASS); Otis Weah (91 RUSH); Garett Maag (40 REC);

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