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The UND and Idaho State football teams seemingly are headed in opposite directions. The No. 19 Fighting Hawks have won five straight games and sit atop the Big Sky Conference standings. Idaho State is 2-4 and coming off two humbling losses to Northern Arizona (52-7) and Portland State (45-20). But there's still a sliver of confidence for the Bengals, who host UND in Pocatello at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
The UND women's soccer team finished practice a little after 5 p.m. Tuesday. That's when the team learned of President Mark Kennedy's declaration that the school wouldn't eliminate any current sports. The announcement ended nearly three months of uncertainty within the program after the school considered cuts to the soccer, swimming, tennis, softball and golf teams. "Relief more than anything," UND junior soccer player Liz McDowell said. "I'm super happy I get to play my senior year at UND." Soccer coach Matt Kellogg echoed the player's feelings.
The UND athletic department will continue to sponsor 20 sports, President Mark Kennedy confirmed Tuesday afternoon. On Monday, UND's Intercollegiate Athletic Committee passed a recommendation to Kennedy that included retaining all 20 sports sponsored by the university. "I affirm their recommendation for continuing with our current level of support for actively sponsored programs," Kennedy wrote in a campuswide email.
The UND football program isn't embracing any revenge angle to Saturday's matchup with Idaho State. A year ago, Idaho State upset UND 37-31 in Grand Forks. The win was the Bengals' lone Division I victory in 2015 and likely cost the Fighting Hawks a spot in the FCS playoffs. "We don't talk about it," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "We're into 2016. It's different teams, different players and a different situation. We want to work really hard to stay on top of the Big Sky standings."
The UND football program's 2017 recruiting class is starting to take shape and the Fighting Hawks have taken care of some needs on the defensive line. UND's latest three commitments, which bring the 2017 class total to 11, are defensive end Quintin Seguin of Windsor, Ont., nose guard Jalen Morrison of Woodbury, Minn., and defensive end Zeke Ott of Caledonia, Minn.
UND downed Southern Utah 45-23 on Saturday at the Alerus Center, the Fighting Hawks' fifth win a row. UND improved to 4-0 in the Big Sky Conference and 5-2 overall before 10,506 fans who watched the Hawks play in their 100th homecoming game. Southern Utah, last year's league champion, fell to 2-2 and 3-3. Keaton Studsrud threw for a career-high 282 yards and four touchdowns as the Hawks overcame an early 14-7 deficit. Fullback Kyle Norberg led the UND ground game, rushing for 73 yards on six carries. UND amassed 537 yards while holding SUU to 356 yards.
UND celebrated its 100th homecoming on Saturday, and the Fighting Hawks' football team gave the alumni a lot to cheer about. UND won its fifth-straight game and remained atop the Big Sky Conference standings with a 45-23 win over Southern Utah at the Alerus Center. UND quarterback Keaton Studsrud passed for a career-high 282 yards and four touchdowns as the Fighting Hawks earned their longest winning streak since starting the 2007 season 6-0.
Four different UND players have rushed for more than 100 yards this season: Quarterback Keaton Studsrud and running backs John Santiago, Brady Oliveira and Austin Gordon. Last Saturday, in a dominant win at Sacramento State, Studsrud, Oliveira and Gordon all had more than 100 yards. But even though UND outran Southern Utah 255-51 in a 45-23 win on Saturday at the Alerus Center, it wasn't any of the usual suspects leading the Fighting Hawks in rushing. Instead, it was fullback Kyle Norberg.
Dylan Bakker grew up in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where football doesn't have the same support it does in the United States. "No one cares about it," Bakker said. "You practice twice a week. You're happy if 10 people show up to practice." Those raw football beginnings are a long way from where Bakker will be Saturday. The senior inside linebacker will enter a Big Sky Conference showdown against Southern Utah at 1 p.m. at the Alerus Center as the leading tackler of the league-leading UND Fighting Hawks.