1. Cam McKinney returns in a big way
UND running back Cam McKinney was injured earlier this season on a kick return against Idaho State.
The shifty sophomore returned to the lineup in a big way in UND's 45-38 win over Northern Colorado at the Alerus Center.
McKinney finished with six carries for 105 yards including a 55-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
"I'm here for my team, and whatever they need, I'm here to provide," McKinney said.
McKinney also three kick returns for 97 yards including a 50-yard return.
"It gave us a spark," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "We missed him when he wasn't in there. He showed some toughness today. And the one thing when guys go down with an upper-body injury is their legs are really fresh when they come back and that's one reason we put him in deep in the kick return."
2. Mitchell has huge day for Bears
Northern Colorado freshman Jaren Mitchell nearly single-handedly knocked off UND.
The 5-foot-10 freshman finished with 10 catches for 242 yards.
"When we got that kid last year, we knew he could be something special," UNC coach Earnest Collins Jr. said. "That's what our offense is -- you see a matchup and you take it. They couldn't keep up with him, so we kept throwing him the ball."
Mitchell entered the game with 428 receiving yards this season.
3. Finke, Lickfeldt go down
UND appeared to suffer two notable injuries against Northern Colorado, with fullback Brett Finke and nose guard Griffin Lickfeldt.
Lickfeldt left the game on UNC's first series holding his arm. He returned to the sidelines with a wrap around his shoulder.
Finke had to be helped off the field late in the game, although Schweigert said he doesn't think Finke's injury is longterm.
"We'll see how he is, but I think he's going to be alright," Schweigert said. "It probably affected us when we wanted to run the football at the end."
4. Schweigert addresses letup
Schweigert wasn't pleased with UND's performance down the stretch.
"I wasn't pleased with everyone on our sideline," Schweigert said. "There was a lot of time left. Game can change in a hurry.
"A two-score game, you have to play like it's tied. They get momentum, and it puts team ahead on its heels."
Schweigert said he plans to address it with the team this week.
"We've got a number of people going through this for the first time," Schweigert said. "That'll be addressed very early next week about how we need to be emotionally for an entire game if we want to get to seven wins."
5. UND wears white
For one of the few games in UND football history, the home team wore white jerseys rather than the typical green.
Schweigert said the reasoning was Northern Colorado using its white jerseys to frame for seniors on their final home game next week.
Collins Jr. called Schweigert earlier in the week to discus the unique setup, Schweigert said.