North Dakota Sports

UND hockey players aware nobody is guaranteed lineup spot

GRAND FORKS – University of North Dakota coach Brad Berry watched the college football national championship game Monday night, Jan. 8, with his 12-year-old son, Bauer, and noticed something that looked familiar. Alabama benched starting quarterback Jalen Hurts at halftime, looking for a ...

The last time NDSU played on grass was last trip to Frisco

FRISCO, Texas -- The last time North Dakota State played on a grass field, Carson Wentz was improving his stock that made him the No. 2 overall draft pick in the National Football League. The scene, at Toyota Stadium in the 2015 Football Championship Subdivision title game, should look familiar ...

No more Blais as new Omaha coach comes to Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS -- Dean Blais won’t be cracking jokes at today’s University of North Dakota fan luncheon. He won’t be standing behind either bench. He won’t be delivering an entertaining analysis to the media after the game. After a long, decorated college hockey career as a head coach ...

Vikings could have another Thielen story with the signing of Brandon Zylstra

FARGO — The grade-school assignment was simple. Draw a picture of yourself of what you want to be when you grow up. It didn’t take very long for Brandon Zylstra to produce a picture that his mother would later display after his high school graduation. The artwork showed Zylstra wearing a ...

Bison, Dukes have been on collision course for FCS showdown

FARGO (AP) — The North Dakota State Bison and their fans owned Frisco, Texas, for five straight championship seasons, not only on the football field but in area hotels, restaurants and sports bars. Now returning after a one-year interruption, the Bison will find suburban Dallas a bit more ...

For Urzendowski, it was 38 seconds of great memories at Toyota Stadium

FARGO -- This week, RJ Urzendowski will return to the scene of perhaps the greatest one minute in the history of North Dakota State wide receivers. At the least, it was 38 seconds of drama at the highest stage of Division I FCS football. A true freshman in the 2014 title game, Urzendowski ...

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 ...