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Herald Missouri Valley Football Conference power poll Oct. 3, 2022

Week 5 provided some surprise in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

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UND's C.J. Siegel breaks up a pass intended for Missouri State's Ty Scott Saturday at the Alerus Center.
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GRAND FORKS — The fifth week of the college football season provided some surprise to the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Here's a quick lap around the league.

1. North Dakota State: Hunter Luepke and the Bison rushing attack sparked an 18-point halftime lead in a 27-14 win over Youngstown State. Bison starting left guard Nash Jensen didn't play with a knee injury, snapping a streak of 45 straight starts.

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2. South Dakota State: Isaiah Davis ran for 199 yards in a Jackrabbits thrashing of Western Illinois.

3. Southern Illinois: Illinois State limited Nic Baker to 143 passing yards but the Salukis defense only allowed 80 rushing yards and had three sacks of Zack Annexstad. SIU led 19-0 at one point but had to hang on late to win 19-14.

4. North Dakota: UND yo-yos in these rankings, as it bounced back from a dud at Southern Illinois to roll over No. 7 Missouri State with a huge second half. Is UND slowly finding some defensive answers or pulling out magic in the Alerus?

5. Missouri State: Missouri State's defense looked lifeless in the second half and Bears' star quarterback Jason Shelley looked more human than superhuman in a baffling second half letdown against UND.

6. South Dakota: The Yotes caught a bye-week breather before a rivalry showdown in Brookings.

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7. Northern Iowa: Stats were pretty even and offenses weren't too explosive but the Panthers hung on at home to beat Indiana State 20-14.

8. Youngstown State: After falling behind 21-3, Youngstown State swapped quarterbacks against North Dakota State. Jaleel McLaughlin is one of the best running backs in the FCS but now there's a quarterback question ahead of the UND home game. Demeatric Crenshaw has the running threat but Mitch Davidson maybe showed more in the pass game against the Bison.

9. Illinois State: Illinois State went to a hurry-up offense to flip a big halftime deficit into a tight game against Southern Illinois. And ISU might get back running back Wenkers Wright after an injury this week.

10. Indiana State: Indiana State showed some promise in a tight loss at Northern Iowa. The Sycamores used three quarterbacks. Gavin Screws posted a season-best 174 passing yards. Cade Chambers threw two balls, completing one for 31 yards. Evan Olaes also took snaps at quarterback.

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11. Western Illinois: The Leathernecks dropped to 0-5 with a loss against SDSU. Clay Bruno was 10-for-20 for 129 yards and a pick, while Henry Ogala also played and was 3-for-5 for 72 yards and a touchdown.

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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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