North Dakota Sports

Jacks try to take next FCS step, powerful Bison up next

FARGO (AP) — South Dakota State linebacker Christian Rozeboom tried watching last year's Football Championship Subdivision title game between rival North Dakota State and the team that knocked them out of the semifinals, James Madison. It wasn't long before he turned the channel. "It was ...

Kansas State hires Klieman to lead football program

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State hired Chris Klieman of North Dakota State to lead its football program Monday night, passing the reins from retired Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder to someone with three Football Championship Subdivision titles but little Big 12 experience. Klieman was ...

NDSU’s Klieman bound for Big 12, Kansas State

Coach will stay with Bison through playoffs By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — One of the most impressive coaching runs in NCAA college football history at one school is coming to a close this season. North Dakota State University’s Chris Klieman has accepted the head ...

No. 1-ranked Bison shut down Colgate to roll into FCS semifinals

FARGO — North Dakota State needed only four plays to cover 96 yards on its opening drive Saturday, Dec. 8, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. Runs of 6, 32 and 26 yards, with a 32-yard pass play sprinkled in, led to an early touchdown for the top-seeded Bison. That would prove to be ...

Bison football playoff attendance drop ‘disappointing’

FARGO — It appears the two smallest crowds for North Dakota State football games this season will be the first two Division I FCS playoff games. About 2,000 tickets were still available as of Thursday afternoon, Dec. 6, for Saturday morning’s quarterfinal clash with Colgate at Gate City ...

Klieman says national ESPN exposure still valuable to Bison

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — The alarm clocks will sound early on Saturday, Dec. 8, for the players and coaches on the North Dakota State football team. That’s the way the Bison head coach likes it. Chris Klieman says the earlier, the better when it comes to college ...

No. 1-ranked Bison blitz Bobcats, cruise into FCS quarterfinals

FARGO — Montana State ripped off a 71-yard pass play on the first play from scrimmage during the NCAA Division I FCS second-round playoff game Saturday afternoon, Dec. 1. The early adrenaline rush didn’t last for the Bobcats. No. 1-ranked North Dakota State scored at will in the first ...

NDSU’s Messingham to face his old team from Montana State

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Courtney Messingham knew he would accept if he was ever offered. His friendship with Chris Klieman went back to childhood, and this was a chance he couldn’t pass up. In February 2017, Klieman -- the North Dakota State head football coach - needed to fill his offensive ...

Gifted quarterbacks part of NDSU’s winning mix

FARGO (AP) — James Hendricks came to North Dakota State as a highly touted quarterback with monster numbers, eager to follow in the footsteps of Bison stars Carson Wentz and Brock Jensen. When it became clear that Easton Stick was next in line to take over at QB, Hendricks was asked by ...

Montana State trying to catch top-level FCS teams in facilities arms race

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — Montana State head football coach Jeff Choate began his press conference this week with a reference to practicing football during the winter in Bozeman, Mont. There’s nothing more Choate would like under his tree this Christmas than an indoor ...

Promoting within

UND elevates Danny Freund to offensive coordinator By Tom Miller Forum News Service GRAND FORKS — A familiar face will be the new offensive play-caller for the University of North Dakota football team. UND has promoted wide receivers coach Danny Freund to offensive coordinator, the ...

Valley rewards Bison players at record all-league pace

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — The North Dakota State football program broke another school record on Monday, Nov. 26. This one speaks to the level of authority the Bison had on the Missouri Valley Football Conference this fall. NDSU put 15 players on either the all-Valley ...

Where does former UND coach Dave Hakstol stand after Flyers fire GM?

By Brad Elliott Schlossman Forum News Service PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Flyers fired general manager Ron Hextall on Monday morning, Nov. 26, after a 10-11-2 start to the season. The Flyers have already used five different goaltenders this season and have the worst save percentage in ...

Bison get No. 1 overall seed in FCS playoffs

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — For the eighth straight year, players from the North Dakota State football team will have the opportunity to go home for Thanksgiving. The caveat: Their season is not over. The Bison were awarded the No. 1 overall seed on Sunday morning, Nov. ...

Bismarck Century wins fourth straight volleyball title

Bismarck Century got its volleyball four-peat at the Minot State Dome Saturday night, but Mandan made the Patriots earn it. With much of the near full house cheering for Mandan, the Patriots put together a clutch 9-0 run in the fourth set to erase an 11-7 deficit before closing out the set, ...

UND’s playoff hopes sink as Northern Arizona upsets Fighting Hawks 31-16

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — University of North Dakota football followers spent the week trying to decode what needed to happen for the Fighting Hawks to make the FCS playoffs. On Saturday, Nov. 17, the UND football team took care of the most important angle of postseason scenarios. The Fighting ...

No. 1-ranked Bison cruise to victory, cap undefeated regular season

FARGO — North Dakota State put an exclamation point on an undefeated regular season Saturday afternoon, Nov. 17, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The No. 1-ranked Bison piled up more than 600 yards and steamrolled to a 65-17 victory against Southern Illinois in Missouri Valley ...

Clock strikes midnight on Cinderella Packers in state loss

West Fargo players and coaches admit even they were hesitant to think they could make a run to the semifinals of the Class A state volleyball tournament. But with that unexpected goal out of the way, aspirations are likely to be set much higher in the coming years. The Packers' surprise ...