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In two previous meetings, UND pushed Montana State around—using a dominating run game to rack up big numbers and wins against the Bobcats. Montana State apparently was tired of the UND treatment So the Bobcats took out plenty of frustration against UND on Saturday, overwhelming the Fighting Hawks 49-21 before 12,432 fans at the Alerus Center in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.
UND had won its previous 11 Big Sky Conference football games, winning the league title last season in the process. Montana State made sure UND would not extend that streak as the Bobcats overwhelmed the Fighting Hawks 49-21 on Saturday before 12,342 fans at the Alerus Center in the Big Sky opener for both teams. UND was coming off a dismal 45-7 nonconference loss a week earlier at South Dakota. The Fighting Hawks' performance against Montana State wasn't much better.
Prep football 6 Friday's results Grafton 20, Wahpeton 8 Cavalier 52, Larimore 8 Hillsboro-Central Valley 39, Maple Valley-Enderlin 0 Hatton-Northwood 70, Richland 27 Nelson County 42, New Rockford-Sheyenne 22 North Star 38, Benson County 16 Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn 34, Central Dakota 12 Minot 36, Bismarck Legacy 0 Bismarck St. Mary's 17, Jamestown 10 Mandan 31, Dickinson 6 Bismarck 41, Fargo South 14 Bismarck Century 41, Williston 0
Simply put, UND—a top 10 team at the time—got smacked in the mouth last week. South Dakota put a 45-7 drubbing on UND, which came into the game ranked No. 10 in the FCS. It was supposed to be the FCS game of the week in the country. It wasn't even close. So, where does that leave UND heading into today's Big Sky Conference opener against Montana State at the Alerus Center?
A week ago, UND struggled to run the football against South Dakota—finishing with 102 yards on 30 attempts. For a team that prides itself on a dominating ground game, that wasn't acceptable. Nor was it productive as the Coyotes rolled past UND 45-7. The past two years against Montana State, however, UND has dominated on the ground—rushing for 227 yards in a 17-15 win last season and for 426 yards in a 44-38 home triumph in 2016.
UND has more volleyball wins than any Division I program in the country. UND's 15-2 record looks great on paper. But paper doesn't win championships. "Our first four weekends were great, but it's now useless and that's sad because they played so well," said UND coach Mark Pryor. "But it's 0-0 again." That's because UND begins Big Sky Conference play today at Southern Utah before traveling to Northern Colorado on Saturday. UND's volleyball success this season will be put to the test as six of the program's first eight matches in the Big Sky will be on the road.
CROOKSTON—Wayne (Neb.) State scored three touchdowns in the final three minutes of the second quarter to down Minnesota-Crookston 33-14 on Thursday night in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game. The loss dropped UMC to 0-3 while Wayne improved to 2-1. The Golden Eagles scored first when Adam Connette hauled in a 2-yard pass from Joseph Nava with 8:21 left in the first quarter. Connette scored again in the fourth quarter on a 9-yard pass from Nava.
UND wrapped up the 2016-17 season playing No. 2 seed Arizona in the NCAA men's basketball tournament in Salt Lake City. The nonconference portion of UND's schedule this season won't be much easier, based on the schedule released Wednesday by the Fighting Hawks. UND will play four NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago—Troy of Alabama, South Dakota State, Creighton and Gonzaga, the national runner-up last season. UND and Gonzaga will play Dec. 16 in Spokane. The teams haven't met since the 1972-73 season.
Don Shaw wanted to win the 11th annual John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational more than any other driver. And for good reason. Shaw was the brother-in-law of Seitz, and the annual event to honor Seitz carries special meaning for the Ham Lake, Minn., driver. His wish came true as Shaw won the 92-lap Seitz feature race Saturday night at River Cities Speedway, holding off two-time winner A.J. Diemel for a good portion of the demanding race before approximately 4,000 fans.
College volleyball 6 Saturday's results N.D. State over George Washington 25-16, 25-20, 25-9 Minnesota State-Mankato over Minnesota-Crookston 25-16, 25-8, 25-12 Northern State over Minn.-Crookston 25-9, 25-6, 25-8 UND 25-25-25, S.D. State 22-13-19 S.D. State—(kills, blocks, aces) Ashlynn Smith 8-1-0, Sierra Peterson 7-0-0, Payton Richardson 5-1-0, Mattison Munger (13 assists)