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5 things you might've missed in UND's 35-30 win over Youngstown State

The Fighting Hawks improved to 4-2 heading to the bye week with the team's second road win of the season.

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UND linebacker Wyatt Pedigo makes a hit on a Youngstown State player on Oct. 8, 2022, at Stambaugh Stadium.
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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The UND football team improved to 4-2 this season as the No. 22 Fighting Hawks head into their bye week.

Here are five things you might've missed in UND's 35-30 win over Youngstown State.

1. Schuster becomes UND's Division I passing leader

UND quarterback Tommy Schuster needed 253 passing yards against Youngstown State to become the school's Division I career passing yardage leader.

Schuster finished with 292 passing yards against the Penguins. He passed Keaton Studsrud on the Division I passing yards list. Studsrud had 5,452 passing yards from 2014-17.

Schuster was 8-for-8 in the first quarter for 141 yards. He connected on his first nine passes. His first incompletion came with 12 minutes, 6 seconds left in the second quarter.

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"It's pretty cool," Schuster said. "The main thing is getting the win. If that comes with it, it's pretty cool."

2. Two road wins for the first time since 2018

UND picked up a second road win of the season by beating the Penguins, which hasn't happened since the 2018 season when UND went 3-3 on the road.

UND also won at Northern Arizona with a late drive by Tommy Schuster and some trick plays from offensive coordinator Danny Freund.

UND's road schedule this year ends with a game at Indiana State on Nov. 5, followed by a Nov. 19 matchup at North Dakota State.

In 2018, UND beat Sam Houston State, Northern Colorado and Sacramento State on the road.

3. UND plays without Preston

UND's wide receiver corps played without a key piece of the passing game against the Penguins.

Wide receiver Marcus Preston was on the sidelines in street clothes. The reason for Preston's absence wasn't immediately known after the game.

Without Preston in the lineup, UND stuck with most of its veteran otions at wide receiver, although UND true freshman Caden Dennis caught one pass for 14 yards in the first half.

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4. Smith has big game through the air

UND running back Isaiah Smith played an important role both in the run game and the pass game.

Smith scored on a 32-yard pass from Tommy Schuster in the first quarter.

Smith finished with three catches for 90 yards including a 50-yard catch.

Smith also drew a pass interference call in the second half, which led to Tyler Hoosman's 14-yard touchdown run to give UND a 28-24 lead.

On Smith's 16-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, UND went with an imaginative play design.

On third-and-inches from the 16, UND used backup quarterback Quincy Vaughn in the game.

Vaughn started the play in the shotgun, then rushed under center. After the snap, he faked a reverse to wide receiver Garett Maag but then quickly pitched to the outside for Smith, who was in a foot race to the end zone.

"He can catch the ball and we saw that last year," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "We have to keep using him. He's a complete back."

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5. UND appears to escape without big injuries

UND heads to the bye week in good health.

The Fighting Hawks saw a few players go to the sideline momentarily but defensive end Ben McNaboe and linebacker Josh Navratil both returned from the game after receiving some medical attention.

UND wide receiver Nate Demontagnac also hobbled off the field after the Cole Davis punt block when he appeared to be injured celebrating the score.

"This was a physical game, so we'll use this week to get fresh," Schweigert said.

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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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