North Dakota Sports

Kolpack: Stick joins NDSU’s exclusive ‘Five-Touchdown Club’

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — This weekend in the Springfield-Branson area of Missouri was peak season for colorful fall foliage. Just beyond Plaster Stadium, under clear skies, shades of yellow, green and orange leaves glistened in the sunlight. Inside the stadium, the color of note was red, as in the ...

No. 1-ranked Bison clinch MVFC title outright, roll past Missouri State

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - North Dakota State didn’t waste any time in wrapping up sole possession of the Missouri Valley Football Conference championship. The No. 1-ranked Bison scored touchdowns on their first four possessions against Missouri State on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 10, at Plaster ...

Valley, FCS playoff prospects are a mess

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Yes, North Dakota State's victory over Missouri State was impressive. Quarterback Easton Stick was surgical early, the Bison defense could've been arrested for assault and larceny and if head coach Chris Klieman's phone hasn't been buzzing with job offers from bigger ...

Nelson pick-6 lifts UND past Portland State, 17-10

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Lenny Nelson IV picked off a tipped Davis Alexander pass and returned it 58 yards for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter of North Dakota's 17-10 comeback victory over Portland State on Saturday afternoon. Facing an unrelenting ...

Backup quarterback lifts Thompson to 9-man state football title

FARGO — When standout quarterback Cadyn Schwabe went down with a game-ending collarbone injury early in the third quarter, Clay Odenbach got an unexpected call. The junior responded by leading Thompson to three second-half touchdown drives. That helped the Tommies beat New Salem-Glen Ullin ...

Cardinals capture title, snap 23-game win streak for H-CV

FARGO — Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich junior linebacker Sidney Ullyott admits that for him to be 160 pounds, he'd need to be soaking wet. But he also knows that has nothing to do with his ability to play football. "It doesn't matter how much you weigh," Ullyott said. "You just gotta work every ...

Final-play stop gives Bismarck 3A football title

FARGO — Bismarck High didn’t make a lot of stops against Bismarck Century Friday in the North Dakota Class 3A state championship football game at the Fargodome. But it made the plays when it had to. The Demons broke up a fourth-down pass on the last play of the game to hold on for a 21-16 ...

UND returns to Miami University after last year’s fateful series

OXFORD, Ohio — The players walked through the loading dock Thursday afternoon, Nov. 8, to haul their gear back into Goggin Ice Arena. It was sunny, the temperature was around 50 degrees. The players were upbeat, on a four-game winning streak ahead of this weekend’s series against Miami ...

Petrino, blocked punt helps Idaho beat UND

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Mason Petrino threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cotton Jr. with 27 seconds left to help Idaho rally for a 31-27 win over North Dakota on Saturday. Petrino finished 27-of-50 passing for 277 yards and two scores with no interceptions. Cotton had 10 receptions for 137 ...

Bison survive scare, edge Youngstown State for share of MVFC title

FARGO — North Dakota State once again climbed to the summit of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, but Youngstown State made the Bison scratch and claw to get there Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The No. 1-ranked Bison scored 10 points in the ...

Heart of Bison Gold: Michaels back on Dome microphone

FARGO — Veteran North Dakota State football fans can count on two fingers the number of public address announcers that they have heard over the years at home games. The voices become so familiar that it’s like part of their fabric of the game. One was missing for the last five weeks. On ...

Hawks come up short

GRAND FORKS — A run-stopping defense and a methodical offense. It was the formula the University of North Dakota utilized to run off three consecutive easy victories over Northern Colorado, Montana and Sacramento State. On Saturday, Oct. 27, Weber State gave the Fighting Hawks a dose of ...

Bison linebacker Brown goes all-out on special teams

FARGO — Jaxon Brown has heard the stories about his father's football career at the University of Minnesota. Some family members and friends of Guy Brown tell Jaxon of a player who was a warrior on kickoff coverage for the Gophers. Which probably explains why Jaxon is perfecting that role ...

No. 1-ranked Bison defeat Illinois State, remain in first place in Valley

FARGO — North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick inflicted damage early, the Bison defense was solid and special teams delivered difference-making plays. That three-phase elixir carried No. 1-ranked NDSU to a 28-14 victory against No. 7-ranked Illinois State on Saturday, Oct. 20, in ...

UND views linebacker Tanner Palmborg’s injury as long term

GRAND FORKS — A rare blemish on an otherwise stellar Saturday, Oct. 13, for the University of North Dakota football team was a knee injury to starting outside linebacker Tanner Palmborg. On Monday, UND coach Bubba Schweigert confirmed the negative outlook. “It’s not official but it ...

Collins lifts West Fargo to state soccer title

GRAND FORKS — After welcoming his second child on Monday, West Fargo boys soccer coach James Moe didn’t necessarily need another state championship to make this a week to remember. Even so, he was hardly in the mood to complain with the result of the title game Saturday, Oct. 13. Daniel ...

Legacy’s Janes, South team capture tennis titles

GRAND FORKS — When Michael Janes lost the first set in the North Dakota state boys singles championship, he wasn’t surprised. The Bismarck Legacy senior expected a tight battle with Grand Forks Central’s Gary Wu. “I was frustrated,” Janes said, “but I just knew I had to keep ...

UND uses 34-point halftime lead to roll past Montana

GRAND FORKS — Earlier this season, the University of North Dakota football team considered tweaks to second-half warmups in order to stop a trend of midgame funks. On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Fighting Hawks could have just napped at halftime. If that wasn’t fun enough for UND fans, the ...

Another game, another three-year starting QB for Bison defense

FARGO — For the third straight game, North Dakota State will face a senior quarterback who is on his third year as a starter. The challenge at Western Illinois on Saturday, Oct. 13, will be to control record-setter Sean McGuire. The 6-foot-3, 228-pound McGuire set school records in passing ...

Bison offense explodes for 28 points in fourth quarter

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — If North Dakota State defensive end Greg Menard had to pull out a red pen and grade the defense’s performance Saturday at the UNI-Dome, the marks would be less than stellar. "It wouldn't be good, let's just say that, especially in the first half,” Menard said. The ...