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FOOTBALL: North Dakota wins Badlands Bowl

DICKINSON, N.D. — Minot’s Ben Love was hoisted on his teammates shoulders as they chanted “MVP! MVP! MVP!”

The Team North Dakota kicker connected on six field goals including the game-winner in overtime as Team North Dakota edged Team Montana 25-22 during the 21st annual Badlands Bowl on Saturday night at the Biesiot Activities Center.

“It was great to help the team win,” said Love, who is signed to play football at South Dakota School of Mines in the fall. “It was great to finally win the game for the team.

The win only marked the sixth-time in the 21 years North Dakota came out victorious.

In the first quarter, Eric Bachmeier scored Team North Dakota’s touchdown at the 6:38 mark.

North Dakota’s quarterback Chad Bartosh, from Grand Forks Red River, went 13 of 27 for 205 yards and two interceptions. As a team, North Dakota had 100 rushing yards, while Montana only had five. Leading wide receiver for North Dakota was Dickinson’s Dylan Skabo with six catches for 97 yards.

Grafton’s Austin Contreras came up with one of North Dakota’s three interceptions.