North Dakota State 42, Eastern Washington 20 (FCS Playoffs 1st Round)

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FARGO, N.D. – The start was promising before the Bison running game got going.

Eastern Washington opened early leads of 14-0 and 20-7 over North Dakota State, but the Bison would plow forward for 422 yards rushing and score 35 unanswered points to beat Eastern Washington 42-20 in the first round of the NCAA FCS playoffs on Saturday, April 24, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

Bison Freshman RB Dominc Gonnella rushed 20 times for 163 yards and his first two career touchdowns while redshirt freshman RB Jalen Bussey had 13 carries and 143 yards for North Dakota State (7-2), which advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the 11th straight year.

NDSU, with injuries to its top two right guards, averaged 7.4 yards per carry behind an offensive line featuring senior tackle Cordell Volson at right guard and redshirt freshman Jake Rock making his first career start at right tackle.

Thanks to a fast start, Walter Payton Award finalist and Big Sky Conference Offensive MVP Eric Barriere went over the 10,000 yard mark in total offense in his Eastern Washington career in the first half versus the Bison after needing just 157 to hit that mark. An 18-yard scramble put him over the top as he completed 10 of his first 11 passes for 178 yards and another 27 rushing.

He finished the game 17-of-28 for 246 yards passing, with another 32 on the ground.



North Dakota State 25, Youngstown State 7

FARGO, N.D. – Sophomore running back Kobe Johnson rushed for a career-high 114 yards and a touchdown to lead No. 1-ranked North Dakota State to a 25-7 victory over Youngstown State in the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both teams Sunday, Feb. 21.

Redshirt freshman Jalen Bussey added 43 yards and two touchdowns for the Bison, who improved to 2-0 on the season with their 39th consecutive victory. NDSU is on the road for its next two scheduled games Feb. 27 at Southern Illinois and March 6 at Missouri State.

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Stadium: Fargodome
Location: Fargo, North Dakota
Attendance: 6578

Duration: 02:49

YSU: Waid,Mark (75 PASS); Waid,Mark (26 RUSH); Payne,Natavious (39 REC);

NDS: Noland,Zeb (74 PASS); Johnson,Kobe (114 RUSH); Jacob,Cole (28 REC);


North Dakota State 39, Central Arkansas 28

FARGO, N.D. – Fullback Hunter Luepke scored two touchdowns and No. 1-ranked North Dakota State’s defense responded with two stops late in the fourth quarter for a 39-28 victory over 11th-ranked Central Arkansas on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

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