North Dakota Sports

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 ...

Faceoffs to be key for UND this weekend at St. Cloud State

GRAND FORKS — There were four seconds left and Brad Berry didn’t have much of a choice. UND’s head coach only had one center available to take a key defensive zone draw and try to seal a one-goal victory over Western Michigan last weekend. It was senior Johnny Simonson. Even though ...

A legendary performance by Olson last time Wofford came to town

FARGO — The season was getting long for Grant Olson not only because he and his North Dakota State teammates were getting ready for final exams, but they had to do extra homework that week against Wofford College (S.C.). The Terriers brought a rare triple-option offense to the Fargodome for a ...

McFeely: This version of Bison better than last year’s

FARGO — University of San Diego coach Dale Lindsey has seen a few things in nearly 50 years of coaching football from high schools to the NFL and everything in between. So losing a Football Championship Subdivision playoff game decisively to North Dakota State, as expected, probably doesn’t ...

Bison move on to FCS quarterfinals with win over San Diego

FARGO — North Dakota State showed its own version of a triple-option backfield Saturday afternoon, Dec. 2, at the Fargodome. Three different running backs scored touchdowns and the Bison rushed for more than 300 yards, rolling to a 38-3 victory against the University of San Diego in the ...

Kolpack: The laws of football were too much for the Pioneer League Toreros

FARGO — They look different at defensive tackle in the Missouri Valley Football Conference than they do in the Pioneer Football League. They look different at safety and they look different at defensive end. They really look different at linebacker, too. They look like 6-foot-3 and 247 ...

Wentz’s success with the Eagles not surprising to Bison starting quarterback

FARGO — The NFL roll that Carson Wentz is on with the Philadelphia Eagles is turning into an MVP-like season. And to think it was only two years ago when he was roaming the halls of the Fargodome with the rest of the Bison quarterbacks. Obviously, Easton Stick is paying attention to his ...

Tanguay feels at home with Bison

FARGO — There’s more than figuring out a weather forecast to John Wheeler, the WDAY chief meteorologist. He’s also an instructor at North Dakota State and at least one student couldn’t be more thankful. If football doesn’t work out for Bison defensive tackle Nate Tanguay, he may have ...

Bison players, fans know the FCS postseason drill all too well

FARGO — It took until the seventh year of Division I football, with the first four being a transition period, before North Dakota State discovered what the FCS playoffs are all about. Seven years after that, the entire NDSU operation seems to have the process perfected. There are now ...

Toreros use their location advantage to attract high-level FCS football players

FARGO — The Pioneer Football League is a group of 11 schools that extends from one coast to another. The common denominator for 10 of the 11 is they are private and all 11 share one trait when it comes to financing football: They are non-scholarship. That doesn’t mean, especially in the ...

Cam Johnson to return this weekend for UND

GRAND FORKS — Cam Johnson will be back in the net for the University of North Dakota again this weekend. UND coach Brad Berry said his starting goaltender will play against Western Michigan when the teams line up for a two-game series beginning at 7:37 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Ralph Engelstad ...

Bye-week blockbuster: Bison have won 26 straight games after an open date

FARGO — The streak has gone on so long that it started against an opponent that no longer has a football team. When North Dakota State defeated Northeastern University (Mass.) in 2006, it started a bye-week success rate that would be hard to match in any level of football. The Bison have won ...

UND men’s basketball opponent Utah Valley plays demanding schedule

GRAND FORKS — Like the University of North Dakota, Utah Valley is a mid-major men's basketball program. Like UND, Utah Valley also needs to play guarantee—or money games—on the road—usually against Power 5 programs. But Utah Valley may have taken guarantee games to a new level earlier ...

Bison happy how fast Hendricks learned linebacker position

FARGO — It’s not certain how flexible James Hendricks’ neck is, but the North Dakota State sophomore must have a pretty good rotational aspect to it. He did so many jobs in practice last week that it would make most players’ head spin. The backup safety, and also the team’s backup ...