No. 1-ranked Bison edge No. 3 SDSU to win Dakota Marker
FARGO — North Dakota State football players raced to the northwest corner of the Fargodome as the final seconds ticked off the game clock Saturday afternoon, Sept. 29, to a grab a 75-pound hunk of quartzite.
As the horn sounded, the Bison had reclaimed the Dakota Marker Trophy that had resided in Brookings, S.D., the past two seasons. NDSU quarterback Easton Stick rushed for a 5-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to rally the No. 1-ranked Bison to a 21-17 victory against No, 3-ranked South Dakota State in Missouri Valley Football Conference play before 18,846 fans at Gate City Bank Field.
“Welcome to Missouri Valley football,” Bison head coach Chris Klieman said to start his postgame comments.
The Bison (4-0, 1-0 MVFC) remained unbeaten, handing SDSU (2-1, 0-1) its first loss this season. The Jackrabbits had won the previous two Dakota Marker games. Klieman said the victory was for former Bison running back Chase Morlock and the two previous senior classes that didn’t win the Marker game in their final seasons.
“I’m smiling for a kid like Chase Morlock right now,” Klieman said. “That was for you Chase.”
The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Stick hugged an NDSU administrator as he walked into the postgame press conference and said, “It’s about time.” Bison senior linebacker Dan Marlette made two key plays on third-down stops in the fourth quarter. Marlette, from Sioux Falls, S.D., didn’t play against SDSU last season due to a knee injury.