FARGO, N.D. (KWSN) —Top-ranked North Dakota State racked up 550 yards of offense and pitched a shutout on defense in a 42-0 win against South Dakota inside the Fargodome Saturday in the regular season finale for both teams.
The Bison (11-0, 8-0 MVFC) completed their first undefeated regular season since 1990 and are expected to be named the No. 1 overall seed when the 24-team playoff field is announced Sunday. The Coyotes (4-8, 3-5) end their season with four consecutive losses to top 20 teams.
Bison running backs Sam Ojuri and John Crockett combined to rush for 234 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Brock Jensen added 230 yards and two scores through the air. He threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Smith and a 22-yarder to Zach Vraa. Smith caught four passes for 111 yards.
South Dakota redshirt freshman running back Jordan Roberts carried 20 times for a season high 107 yards while hobbling on a bad ankle. He became the third running back this season to reach the century mark against the NDSU defense. Quarterback Kevin Earl completed 10 passes for 101 yards.
North Dakota State scored twice during a two-minute span in the middle of the first quarter and twice in the final four minutes of the second quarter to take a 28-0 lead into the break. Jensen threw for 210 yards in the first half. He was replaced by Carson Wentz near the end of the third quarter.
South Dakota twice drove into Bison territory. The first drive ended with a punt. The Coyotes got inside the 20 on their first drive of the second half, but Earl threw an interception in the end zone to Christian Dudzik.
Ojuri scored on a 55-yard run on the second play of the third quarter to make it 35-0 and Crockett’s 28-yard run midway through the third quarter completed the scoring. The Bison averaged 6.3 yards on 47 carries.
Devin Taverna intercepted Brock in the second quarter and Ryan Alger recovered a Bison fumble in the fourth quarter. Linebacker Keyen Lage had a team-high eight tackles and had one of South Dakota’s four sacks.
Courtesy: University of South Dakota