FARGO - Fans jockeying for position in front of the ESPN College GameDay cameras in downtown Fargo on Saturday morning likely met more resistance than the North Dakota State University football team did against hapless Delaware State.
Six NDSU offensive players scored touchdowns, senior cornerback Marcus Williams returned an interception 33 yards for a score and redshirt freshman place-kicker Tom Barneson added a 27-yard field goal as the top-ranked Bison cruised to a 51-0 win at the Fargodome.
The victory came with several milestones for NDSU (3-0). Head coach Craig Bohl won his school-record 92nd game, passing Rocky Hager, who went 91-25-1 from 1987-1996. Senior quarterback Brock Jensen now has 538 career completions, breaking Steve Walker's program record of 535 from 2004-07. Williams extended his NDSU record to 20 interceptions, and his sixth career pick-six tied the FCS record set by Murray State's William Hampton from 1993-96.
North Dakota State University cornerback Marcus Williams (1)
celebrates with teammates after his 33-yard interception return for a touchdown Saturday against Delaware State. Photo courtesy of Bob Nelson/NDSU Athletics.
"It's a collective effort," Bohl said of breaking Hager's record. "It's a great program that we have here. ... I really hadn't focused too much on it, but quite frankly, it's a compliment to a whole lot of people."
NDSU (3-0) racked up 548 yards of total offense, including 305 on the ground. Junior running back John Crockett paced a balanced rushing attack with 87 yards on nine carries. The Bison averaged 6.8 yards per run and six players rushed for at least 30 yards.
Jensen completed 13 of 20 passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns. His backup, sophomore Carson Wentz, connected on 10 of 13 attempts for 105 yards and a TD.
"I thought our guys had a hard edge and played very focused for the entire football game," Bohl said. "We got everybody in the game and came up with a very convincing win."
Delaware State (0-3) managed just 34 yards on the ground and 189 yards of total offense. Senior linebacker Grant Olson led the NDSU defense with nine tackles, including one sack and one tackle for loss.
The Bison scored 41 points in the first half.
- Daily News Staff