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UND's redshirt freshman class is bigger, faster and stronger this season, thanks to a demanding year in the weight room. However, one question remains. Will the UND freshmen be big enough, fast enough and strong enough to handle the demands of a full Division I season? UND will find out soon enough as the Sioux embark on their second Division I season next month. Officially, it's UND's second D-1 season.
CEDAR CITY, Utah -- UND came to the scenic Cedar Valley with a bruised ego, which resulted from last week's home loss to NAIA power Sioux Falls. The change of scenery didn't help. UND's ego is still bruised and now its chances of winning a Great West Conference championship have been largely shattered as well, thanks to Southern Utah's convincing 35-10 win against the Sioux on Saturday before 4,238 fans at Eccles Coliseum. UND is 1-1 in the Great West and 3-4 overall and now has the challenge of playing league power Cal Poly this week at home.
CEDAR CITY, Utah -- UND may have to make some decisions at quarterback. UND's offense struggled for the second straight week as the Sioux fell to Southern Utah 35-10 on Saturday at Eccles Coliseum. In UND's last two games, the Sioux have committed six turnovers and have averaged 349 yards of offense. They've reached the end zone only twice in their last two games against Sioux Falls and Southern Utah. To generate a spark, UND coach Chris Mussman called on sophomore Brent Goska to run the Sioux offense in the fourth quarter.
CEDAR CITY, Utah -- When UND left Lubbock, Texas, last month, the Sioux were feeling good about their performance against the Red Raiders of the Big 12. The 38-13 loss didn't sting much because of the way the Sioux played before more than 47,000 red-clad fans. Sioux linebacker Ryan Kasowski, however, said the game would not define UND's season. He said the same thing last week when UND lost to defending NAIA national champion Sioux Falls. "We can flip this around," Kasowski said. "We said after Texas Tech that the game can't define our season because we played them tough.
Southern Utah was winless in 2007. Last week, the Thunderbirds were a missed extra point from taking No.
No excuses. That was UND's company line after suffering an embarrassing 28-13 loss to Sioux Falls on Saturday in the Alerus Center. Sioux Falls -- an NAIA program -- dominated the Sioux, a Division I FCS program. While the no excuses line was offered by every Sioux player, injuries certainly didn't help UND avoid one of its most disappointing losses. "We're not making any excuses, but we're very, very thin right now," UND coach Chris Mussman said. Ty Boyle, the anchor of the Sioux defensive line, did not play.
The Ralph opened Oct. 5, 2001. UND's debut in the country's best college hockey rink was spoiled by the Minnesota Gophers, who won 7-5. The bells and whistles of The Ralph may have been enough for Sioux fans during the 2001-02 season as UND went 7-9-1 in its first year in The Big House on the Prairie. The bells, whistles and laser light shows are still here, louder and brighter than ever. Now in its ninth year of existence, there is a lot more than bells and whistles at a Sioux hockey game.
In some respects, UND will be in a no-win situation today when the Sioux meet defending NAIA national champion Sioux Falls in the Alerus Center. UND -- a Division I FCS program -- is perceived to be considerably better than an NAIA program. But perception is not reality, and that's the message Sioux coach Chris Mussman has been delivering all week. "On the outside, the perception is that you can't win this game by enough," Mussman said. "But in reality, this is a pretty good football team we're playing. They know how to win.
Travis Bledsoe usually doesn't spend much time at Memorial Stadium.
In Kalen DeBoer's 15 years with the University of Sioux Falls as a player and coach, the NAIA Cougars have never played an NCAA Division II program -- let alone a Division I FCS team like UND. They've never played in front of 10,000 fans, either, despite the fact Sioux Falls has won a couple of national NAIA titles in recent years. But DeBoer and his Sioux Falls program will play UND on Saturday before approximately 10,000 fans in the Alerus Center -- a game in which the Sioux have everything to lose and the Cougars everything to gain. "The percentages are against us to win the game, but I