UND edges by Portland St.
GRAND FORKS (AP) - Marcus Hendrickson went from the bench to the record book Saturday, tying a school record with six touchdown passes to lead North Dakota past Portland State 45-37.
Hendrickson, starting because Braden Hanson broke a bone in his leg during UND's season-opening win over South Dakota Mines, was 16 of 25 for 294 yards, hitting Greg Hardin for three scores and R.J. McGill, Jameer Jackson and Seth Nichols for one apiece. Hardin led all receivers with 190 yards.
Hendrickson added 50 yards rushing, including a late-game first down that allowed North Dakota (2-0) to run out the clock in its first meeting with Portland State (1-1) since 1981. The teams are Big Sky Conference opponents but treated this as a nonconference game.
Kieran McDonagh threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Justin Monahan, and D.J. Adams rushed for 144 yards and a score to lead the Vikings.
NDSU defeats Colorado State
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Sam Ojuri scored two touchdowns and Marcus Williams had a big day on defense and special teams as reigning FCS national champion North Dakota State beat Colorado State 22-7 on Saturday night.
It was the second stunner of the day in the Centennial State. Down the road in Boulder, Sacramento State, another FCS-level school, knocked off Colorado 30-28 with a field goal as time expired.
There were no late theatrics necessary for the Bison (2-0), whose defense simply stifled the Rams (1-1) all night.
Ojuri had a 6-yard TD scamper in the first quarter and scored another on a 10-yard screen pass. Williams accumulated 135 yards on five returns and also had an interception.
The two Bison standouts were among the nine NDSU current players charged earlier this week with faking petition signatures in a scandal that blocked two voter initiatives from getting on the November ballot. Other starters accused included offensive lineman Joshua Colville and defensive back Brendin Pierre, who both played Saturday.
NDSU coach Craig Bohl said the players won't be disciplined until the criminal charges were resolved and that the allegations were not considered serious enough to suspend them from the team.
The Bison were able to block out the off-the-field issues and concentrate on football. They dominated time of possession by nearly 20 minutes and outgained the Rams by 123 yards, a figure that was way more lopsided until a last-minute drive by the Rams that was halted when NDSU recovered a fumble.
Knights take 2nd to Central Cass
CASSELTON - The Our Redeemer's Christian School volleyball team rattled off five wins en route to a runner-up finish at the Casselton tournament on Saturday.
The Knights (13-2-1) lost in the championship to defending Class B state champion Central Cass. ORCS tied the Squirrels through two sets in pool play and the teams met later after advancing through the gold bracket.
ORCS beat No. 1 seed Oakes to force the rematch. Central Cass won the final, 25-17, 22-25, 15-9.
"It gave us a good idea of how we fare in the state. It was good taking a couple games from Central Cass," ORCS coach Sherry Carlson said. "It was a good day overall. I couldn't be more pleased."
ORCS senior Ashley Koppinger led the team with 57 kills on the day. Eighth-grader Morgan Olson finished with a team-high 75 assists.
The Knights play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bottineau.
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Ryan finishes 2nd at Glenburn Invite
The Bishop Ryan High School volleyball team won four of its six matches Saturday at the Glenburn Invitational, but fell to Kenmare, 25-11, 25-19 in the championship match.
Ryan (8-6) went 2-1 in 15-minute pool play matches, its one loss a 19-18, 20-19 defeat to Rugby. The Lions defeated TGU 25-13, 23-18 and Glenburn 25-12, 25-12 before advancing to tournament play.
There, Ryan beat Lewis & Clark and Velva before the match against Kenmare.
"We made a huge mental stride this week as the front line players, in particular, (sophomore) Hannah Stewart and (junior) Anika Rovig, started calling out the hitters they were responsible for blocking," Ryan coach Patty Luetzen said in a press release. "We were able to verbalize our responsibilities and this increased our reading ability and decreased points we gave away on mental errors."
Stewart had a team-high 24 kills on the day. Sophomore libero Maddie Wald had 64 digs and sophomore Gabbie Bohl had 12 blocks.
Ryan plays Velva at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
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MHS volleyball swept again
The Minot High School volleyball team suffered another loss on Saturday.
Dickinson (7-3 overall, 3-0 West Region) swept the Majettes in three games, 25-18, 25-15, 25-11. The loss puts MHS at 4-8 overall, 0-4 in region play.
Senior libero Jessie Kongelf led MHS with 22 digs. Morgan Milbrath had 18.
"We played quite a bit better than last night," MHS coach Ellen Jebens said. "I still think that we're improving."
Minot plays at Bismarck at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
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Beavers drop two matches
SPEARFISH, S.D. - The Minot State University volleyball team lost to Briar Cliff University (Iowa) and Colorado Christian University at a tournament Saturday at Black Hills State University.
Briar Cliff beat the Beavers 28-26, 25-20, 22-25, 25-13. Freshman Mallory Sall led the Beavers (3-6) with 14 kills and nine digs.
CCU topped the Beavers in five sets in the second match. MSU coach Travis Ward said the Beavers started slow in both of Saturday's matches.
"We haven't started a match really well yet this season," Ward said in a press release. "We are a young team and it needs to be in our mindset that we need to play well the entire match."
MSU hosts Bemidji State University at 7 p.m. Saturday in their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener.
- Daily News Staff