North Dakota Sports

Bison prepared for the bevy of on- and off-the-field Frisco activities

FARGO — North Dakota State has implemented almost its entire game plan in advance of facing James Madison University of Virginia on Saturday for the Division I FCS national championship. That includes pinpointing the best bowler on the team. Before trying to win the football game, redshirt ...

UND opens Big Sky play Friday against league favorite Idaho

GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota wrapped up its most demanding nonconference schedule in program history with an overtime loss at No. 19 Gonzaga on Dec. 16. The Fighting Hawks nearly pulled off the upset of the college basketball season — leading much of the game against the ...

UND commit Hain ready to face future team

GRAND FORKS — In March, Gavin Hain lined up against two of his future University of North Dakota hockey teammates when his Grand Rapids High School team played against Ethan Frisch, Carter Randklev and the Moorhead Spuds for the Minnesota state boys championship. Hain had a hat trick in that ...

Bison athletic director worries about coaching ‘burnout’ with recruiting

FARGO — The plan in landing North Dakota State’s 2018 football recruiting class began last January when the Bison staff returned from the American Football Coaches Association annual convention. It was obvious that the NCAA was going to approve a new early-signing date for Division I in ...

Bison stampede into FCS championship game with 55-13 victory

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Bruce Anderson scored five touchdowns — four in the first half — and North Dakota State rolled up 642 yards offense in crushing Sam Houston State 55-13 on Friday night to advance to the FCS championship game. The second-seeded Bison will face the winner of Saturday's ...

Bison defense goes from one extreme to the other

FARGO — The statistical sheet of the Sam Houston State offense has so many numbers on it you practically need your accountant to sort it all out. Quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe, for instance, has completed 81 more passes than North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick has attempted. It’s a ...

Sam Houston coach says Bearkats on the cusp of being FCS elite program

FARGO — The vehicle so-to-speak that carries the FCS title-winning team to the south stage of Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, for the post-game awards ceremony has for the most part been a two-wheeled apparatus. Translation: Two programs in the last six years have been crowned ...

Connor Wentz fulfills a valuable role for the Bison football team

FARGO — Tim Polasek was known to blurt out whatever came to his mind when he was the North Dakota State offensive coordinator, like the day when he was in a meeting with the Bison fullbacks and tight ends. A nickname for the position group just came to him. Crew Chiefs. The thought could be ...

There’s a lot going on with Bison senior Morgan

FARGO — About the only thing missing from the relaxed look of Grant Morgan outside the North Dakota State football locker room earlier this week was him whistling some sort of soft gospel tune. The maturity was impressive. It’s not as if the senior defensive tackle has nothing going on ...

UND football to face Nebraska, securing more than $1 million for series

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — When the University of North Dakota football program talks about Memorial Stadium, it’s usually in reference to the team’s practice facility and former Division II home on campus. Chatter of Memorial Stadium on Wednesday took on a new meaning. The Fighting Hawks will ...

Kreuser helps Bison cruise to home victory

FARGO -- In the midst of final exams and coming off a win against its rival last weekend, the task for North Dakota State on Tuesday night was to remain focused. The Bison accomplished that mission, getting a career-high 17 points from true freshman Rocky Kreuser to cruise to a 101-58 victory ...

Briscoe turned topsy-turvy college start into big-time success

FARGO — With final exams in the rear-view mirror, Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe got nine holes of golf in on Tuesday, Dec. 12. He doesn’t miss many open targets in that sport, either. Briscoe shot 4-over par at Raven Nest Golf Club in Huntsville, Texas, which is the home ...

Bison roll Wofford, advance to seventh consecutive FCS semifinal

FARGO -- The Fargodome has become a de facto home site for the national semifinals in recent Division I FCS football history. For the seventh consecutive season, the facility will host the semis after the Bison rolled to a 42-10 victory against Wofford College (S.C) on Saturday afternoon, Dec. ...

Freije, Klabo lead UND to eighth-straight win over NDSU

GRAND FORKS — With a tie game heading into the fourth quarter, University of North Dakota women’s basketball coach Travis Brewster huddled his team and drew up a play. As the huddle broke, UND junior Fallyn Freije whispered to her coach. “We got this, just relax,” Freije ...

McFeely: Wofford’s vaunted option no match for Bison defense

FARGO --North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman opened his postgame press conference Saturday, Dec. 9, by thanking the Bison scout team, those players who imitate the week’s opponent in practice. Klieman said the scout team offense was key in getting the Bison defense ready for Wofford’s ...

Kolpack: It was 4 minutes, 49 seconds of doomsday for Wofford against NDSU

FARGO -- You can do a lot in 4 minutes and 49 seconds around the Fargodome on a Saturday afternoon. You can drive a custom-made Bison fan bus into the tailgating lot, for instance, and take about that much time to set up for the day’s festivities. It takes about that much time from the ...

NDSU’s Jeff Illies may have bested his uncle Ron as hometown area’s best

FARGO -- It’s going to be hard for somebody from Wyndmere or Lidgerwood to top Chuck Klosterman as the most famous son from the southeastern North Dakota small towns that form one of the most successful 9-man football programs in the state. The author and national columnist has written for ...

Bison have fared well in 11 a.m. starts over the years

FARGO -- North Dakota State plays most of its home games at 2:30 p.m. But if history is any indication, the Bison players may want to push for more 11 a.m. starts. That’s the kickoff time for the Wofford College at Bison FCS quarterfinal game on Saturday. “Love it, I loved it as a ...