5 things you might've missed in UND's 48-31 win over No. 7 Missouri State
The Fighting Hawks improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference by putting up 515 yards of total offense against Missouri State.
GRAND FORKS — UND rode an explosive offense to a 48-31 win over No. 7 Missouri State on Saturday at the Alerus Center.
Here are five things you might've missed during the game.
1. UND shuffled the OL again
Early in the first half, UND made two changes to the offensive line.
After starting center Danny Carroll snapped high over Quincy Vaughn's head with 4:22 left in the first quarter, UND made the moves on its next series.
UND put Grand Forks native Peyton Lotysz at center and inserted North Dakota State transfer Seth Anderson into the lineup at right tackle for redshirt freshman Sam Hagen.
It also might have appeared that UND had a third change on the offensive line, but it was simply a jersey mishap.
UND guard Easton Kilty swapped his No. 77 for No. 70 during the game because his jersey ripped.
2. Krzanowski sack was key
UND linebacker Devon Krzanowski had six tackles, a sack and a number of key stops on special teams.
With UND leading 41-24 in the fourth quarter, Missouri State originally had a third-down pass from Jason Shelley to Hunter Wood for 14 yards ruled complete along the sideline.
After a review, the catch was ruled incomplete as Wood bobbled the ball as he went to the ground.
On the resulting fourth-and-3 from the UND 42, Krzanowski wrangled down the elusive Shelley for a sack.
"Coach made a great call and we executed," Krzanowski said. "I was worried he was going to get away from me, so I stepped on the gas and was able to get him down."
3. Freund convinces Schweigert to fake it
A key turning point in the game came late in the first half when UND was able to turn a 21-10 deficit with 2:36 left into a 21-20 deficit by the break.
The big swing was aided by a fake fourth down. On fourth-and-2 from the UND 36 with 38 seconds to go in the second quarter, UND lined up with both quarterbacks Tommy Schuster and Quincy Vaughn on the field. UND was able to draw Missouri State offsides with a hard count.
"(UND offensive coordinator) Danny (Freund) talked me into it," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "He said let's give it a whirl and see what happens. He didn't talk to me, he yelled at me. That was a big play, a huge play."
4. UND stays on the gas on fourth down
UND faced a fourth-and-5 from the Missouri State 18 with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The Hawks led 41-24. Rather than kicking a field goal, UND went deep.
Tommy Schuster hit Garett Maag in 1-on-1 coverage with Missouri State cornerback Montrae Braswell.
Maag gained separation with the ball in the air and easily hauled in the 18-yard touchdown pass.
"We were not going to kick any more field goals," Schweigert said. "Tommy did that. If he got 1-on-1, he was going to throw it up to Garett. That makes it a four-score game.
"You kick the field goal and it's still a three-possession game. You also don't risk a field-goal block."
5. Siegel quietly has big game
UND cornerback C.J. Siegel didn't have the kind of flashy performance he did against Northern Arizona when he spun away from a sideline tackle to score on an interception return.
But Siegel's solid play against the Bears allowed UND's defense to settle in against Missouri State's explosive offense.
Siegel had two pass breakups, as Missouri State seemingly went Siegel's direction despite the Fighting Hawks' inexperience everywhere else in the secondary.
Missouri State quarterback Jason Shelley finished 24-for-39 for 271 yards and three touchdowns.
His favorite target Ty Scott had six catches on 12 targets for 94 yards and no touchdowns.
"I thought we played on the balls of our feet," Schweigert said. "I thought our safeties made some plays in the run game. We batted some balls. Those guys are good; they're going to make plays and win some more games. I think we did gain some confidence today. You do that by preparation, and we have to keep executing. We weren't pleased with our execution in the first half, but we were better in the second half."