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5 things you might not have noticed in UND's win over Sacramento State

1. Turner has career game SACRAMENTO--UND outside linebacker Jaxson Turner had a career game in the Fighting Hawks' 41-15 win Saturday night at Hornet Stadium. Turner had a career-high 10 tackles and a career-high 2.0 sacks. His performance led a...

UND's Brady Oliveira makes an acrobatic catch in the fourth quarter to set up a Fighting Hawks touchdown as Sacramento State's Malcolm Thomas (9) and Ernest Jenkins defend Saturday at the Alerus Center. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
UND's Brady Oliveira makes an acrobatic catch in the fourth quarter to set up a Fighting Hawks touchdown as Sacramento State's Malcolm Thomas (9) and Ernest Jenkins defend Saturday at the Alerus Center. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

1. Turner has career game

SACRAMENTO-UND outside linebacker Jaxson Turner had a career game in the Fighting Hawks' 41-15 win Saturday night at Hornet Stadium.

Turner had a career-high 10 tackles and a career-high 2.0 sacks.

His performance led a position group thinned by an injury to senior captain Tanner Palmborg, who missed his first game against the Hornets.

Turner was also credited with a blocked field goal against Sacramento State.

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2. Injuries have piled up for Hornets

Sacramento State has been hit by the injury bug this year.

Starting quarterback Kevin Thomson was injured last week against Southern Utah and was considered a game-time decision against UND.

Thomson didn't dress, meaning backup Wyatt Clapper played his first career Division I game.

Wide receiver Andre Lindsey missed his first game of the year against UND. He was in a cast on the sideline.

Lindsey, a preseason All-American, had 13 catches for 270 yards this season.

Starting center Ivan Espiritu, a senior three-year starter, also missed the game with an injury.

3. UND injuries begin to mount, too

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UND had plenty of bumps and bruises accumulate against Sacramento State.

UND running back John Santiago played in the first half but appeared to re-injure a knee that has kept the senior sidelined from time to time this year.

In addition to Santiago, wide receivers Izzy Adeoti and Travis Toivonen were injured during the game.

There were no immediate updates to their status after the game.

UND started the game without fullback Graham DeVore, who missed his second game in a row with an elbow injury. Starting left guard Ryan Tobin was also out against Sac State.

4. Oliveira called Johannesson's long run

Right before UND running back James Johannesson's 90-yard run in the fourth quarter, teammate Brady Oliveira predicted the bulky junior was going to score on the play.

"I called it," Oliveira said. "I said, 'he's going to crib it, for sure.' That was exciting to see. For a big guy, he has some juice. He's one heck of a player."

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Johannesson's 90-yard run was UND's longest of the Division I era.

Johannesson's 19.4 yards per carry average was a UND record (minimum 10 carries). It beat Dave Osborn's 16.8 yards per carry on Sept. 14, 1963, against Minnesota Duluth.

5. Ketteringham has mixed bag in return to Sacramento

As expected, it was an emotional return to Sacramento for UND quarterback Nate Ketteringham, who spent his first two college seasons with the Hornets.

Ketteringham finished 9-for-16 for 124 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

"At first, I was trying to control my emotions too much, but then I realized I had to just come out and play," Ketteringham said. "I let it just fly in the second half, and it felt way better."

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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