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Sacramento State, a team that hadn't won a road game the past two seasons, came to the Alerus Center on Saturday and was forced to start a rookie quarterback without a single play of college football behind him. Even those circumstances, however, weren't enough to reverse UND's struggles. Hornets redshirt freshman quarterback Roman Ale threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns to spark Sacramento State to a 34-27 victory over the Fighting Hawks. UND, which dropped to 1-4 in the Big Sky Conference and 2-6 overall, gave up at least 34 points for the sixth-straight week.
Of all the bitter back-and-forth associated with the return of the UND-Minnesota men's hockey rivalry, Minnesota junior goalie Eric Schierhorn almost pulled off the best punking Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Schierhorn nearly forced a couple of UND students to hang on to frozen gophers for an entire game for no reason. Rhett Gardner's third period goal with 6 minutes, 20 seconds left freed the gophers onto the ice, but Schierhorn had the last laugh as he stopped 34 shots to lead Minnesota to a 2-1 win in the series opener.
Of all the bitter back-and-forth associated with the return of the UND-Minnesota men’s hockey rivalry, Minnesota junior goalie Eric Schierhorn almost pulled off the best punking Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Schierhorn nearly forced a couple of UND students to hang on to frozen gophers for an entire game for no reason.
UND announced Friday the search committee that will help the school find its next athletic director. UND said current UND athletic director Brian Faison will retire Dec. 31 and serve as a consultant through June 30, 2018. The committee will be led by UND Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tom DiLorenzo. In addition to DiLorenzo, the committee includes: -- Jill Cholewa, entrepreneur, former UND volleyball player -- Dick Clay, men's and women's UND cross country coach
The UND football program went to Sacramento State last year and breezed to a 27-0 halftime lead. The Fighting Hawks came away with a 40-7 victory, ran for 422 yards and had three players rush for more than 100 yards. The gap between the two programs appeared massive. A little more than a year later, however, the two teams' seasons are trending in different directions. The Fighting Hawks, ravaged by injuries throughout the season, enter the rematch reeling, while the Hornets are one of the Big Sky Conference's surprises.
The UND volleyball team defended a lengthy home winning streak with some stingy defense. Faith Dooley's 10 blocks paced the Fighting Hawks' defense, which sparked a 25-22, 27-25, 25-16 sweep of Idaho State in Big Sky Conference play on Thursday night in front of 1,937 fans at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. UND stretched its home winning streak to 18 straight. "I feel like we really dug in on defense," said UND's Jordan Vail, who led the offense with 13 kills. "We worked on it all week in practice and it was a lot of fun to see it clicking in the game."
On Pequot Lakes' first offensive drive, the Patriots faced third-and-19. To make matters more difficult, Pequot Lakes was down to its backup quarterback with the starter out with an injury. In the challenging down and distance, Patriots sophomore quarterback Cale Wolf found running back Deven Psyck open on a wheel route for a 37-yard gain. That timely offense was typical of the Patriots on Wednesday night. Pequot Lakes slowly distanced itself from the Green Wave in a 27-0 victory at Senior High field in the regular season finale for both teams.
UND officials drummed up all the dressings of a real retirement announcement at the High Performance Center on Tuesday morning. UND first carted out the shiny trophies the school won during athletic director Brian Faison's tenure. UND President Mark Kennedy then gifted a personalized hockey jersey to Faison and they posed for a photo. "Brian Faison has convinced me that this is the right time for him to retire," Kennedy said. UND can hit us with all the proper retirement bells and whistles it wants, but I'm not buying this as a natural retirement for a second.
With the news this morning that UND athletic director Brian Faison will retire, I’ll hand out the Tom Miller Consulting Firm to UND free of charge.
MISSOULA, Mont.—In one of the prettiest settings in college football, UND played one of the ugliest games of the Bubba Schweigert Era. Playing without starting quarterback Keaton Studsrud, the Fighting Hawks' offense sputtered as No. 24 Montana rolled to a 41-17 win over UND on Saturday in front of 25,085 fans on homecoming at scenic Washington-Grizzly Stadium. UND, which dropped to 2-5, gave up 38 or more points for the fourth-straight week—likely putting the finishing touches on any fading hopes of postseason play.