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5 things you might have missed in Idaho's upset win of UND

North Dakota quarterback Nate Ketteringham throws a pass from the pocket during an NCAA football game against Idaho Nov. 3, 2018 in Moscow, Idaho. Photo/Kai Eiselein, Moscow-Pullman Daily News

1. Pass game goes flat

MOSCOW, Idaho—With wide receivers Travis Toivonen and Izzy Adeoti out with injuries, the UND football team's passing attack showed its lack of firepower in Idaho's 31-27 win on Saturday at the Kibbie Dome.

Noah Wanzek, who had at least 54 receiving yards in every game this season, was injured early and didn't register a catch.

In the past two years, the only time Wanzek has gone without a catch in a game was when he didn't play due to an injury against Cal Poly last season.

UND quarterback Nate Ketteringham was 6-for-14 for 36 yards and an interception at halftime.

In the first half, Ketteringham's longest completion was a 9-yard dump off to running back Brady Oliveira.

Idaho's defensive backs blanketed UND's wideouts, although Ketterinhgam was also hampered by a third-down drop of a potential long pass play to Luke Stanley and another later in the game to Cam McKinney.

Ketteringham's lone first-half touchdown pass was a 4-yard strike to Garett Maag, who beat a Vandal defender in the back of the end zone for the easy grab.

2. Ellis, Henderson prove to be a handful

Idaho's front seven proved up to the task against a physical North Dakota team.

Kaden Elliss, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound senior linebacker, had eight tackles, while DJ Henderson, a 6-1, 268-pound defensive lineman, had six tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks.

UND ran for 115 yards in the first half, although 68 of those yards came on Brady Oliveira's first-quarter run.

Ellis and Henderson were especially important in the fourth quarter when UND couldn't milk the clock.

3. UND didn't stay in Idaho

UND flew into Idaho, but the Fighting Hawks actually stayed in Washington.

With a busy weekend in the Moscow area, UND stayed in Clarkston, Wash., a border town with Lewiston, Idaho—about 30 miles south of Moscow, along the Snake River.

Washington State hosted Cal on Saturday night in Pullman, which is located just 9 miles from Moscow.

4. Maag shines in loss

UND true freshman wide receiver Garett Maag was a rare bright spot for UND against Idaho.

Maag finished with seven catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns.

He had a 40-yard grab, which proved to be the Hawks' biggest passing play of the day.

The rookie from West St. Paul, Minn., was thrust into the spotlight role as the Hawks played the game without Noah Wanzek, Travis Toivonen and Izzy Adeoti.

Only four players caught passes for UND, including three wide receivers and no tight ends.

5. Vrede hit reviewed, ejected

Midway through the third quarter, UND lineback Tyron Vrede had a play reviewed for potential targeting.

Vrede, a transfer inside linebacker, had a punishing helmet-to-helmet hit on Idaho running back Tyrese Walker, who fumbled.

Vrede recovered the ball on the Idaho 13.

After the review, the play was ruled a personal foul. A 15-yard penalty was determined for using the crown of the helmet.

Idaho retained possession and Vrede was ejected from the game.

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department since 2004. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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