Herald Missouri Valley Football Conference power poll Sept. 12, 2022

A look around the league after Week 2 results are in from the weekend.

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UND quarterback Tommy Schuster hurdles UNI defenders Miguel Edwards and Jack Kriebs in the second half Saturday at the Alerus Center.
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GRAND FORKS — Two weeks down and there's not much movement in the power poll.

Let's take a look at how everyone did.

1. North Dakota State: Nobody for North Dakota State has been over-worked as the Bison turned in their second-straight rout of a much weaker opponent in a 43-3 win over North Carolina A&T in Fargo.

2. South Dakota State: The Jacks led UC Davis 24-10 late until a fumble, an Aggies score, an onside kick and another Davis score made things real interesting. Davis missed the 2-point conversion and lost 24-22. The Jacks played without six injured starters including tight end Tucker Kraft and defensive lineman Reece Winkelman. The SDSU offense is yet to break out but the defense is stout, holding preseason Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year Ulonzo Gilliam to 33 rushing yards.

3. Missouri State: Quarterback Jason Shelley threw for 297 yards and five touchdowns, while running back Jacardia Wright — a Kansas State transfer — ran for 120 yards and wide receiver Tyrone Scott had eight catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-30 win over UT Martin.


4. North Dakota: Hanging with Nebraska doesn't feel as impressive anymore but UND earned a key win against a team in similar position in a 29-27 win over Northern Iowa. UND's secondary has issues but Tommy Schuster played one of the best games of his career at quarterback.

5. Northern Iowa: The Panthers pushed UND to the limit in the Alerus Center thanks to explosive offensive plays but UNI has work to do defensively to get back to its strong defensive reputation. Safety Benny Sapp III also was banged up late in the game.

6. South Dakota: Yotes quarterback Carson Camp was sacked five times and Montana had eight tackles for loss in Missoula in a 24-7 Griz win.

7. Youngstown State: In a 49-16 win over Dayton, Demeatric Crenshaw threw for 230 yards and five touchdowns. Jaleel McLaughlin had 13 carries for 129 yards.

8. Southern Illinois: The Salukis continue to struggle with a 34-31 loss to SEMO, a team it beat handily last season. SEMO only ran for 58 yards but threw for 332 yards and four scores. The biggest bright spot for SIU is Avante Cox, who had seven catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

9. Illinois State: Illinois State beat non-scholarship Valparaiso 28-21 thanks to Zack Annexstad's 196 passing yards and two touchdowns. Running back Wenkers Wright, a redshirt freshman, had 21 carries for 101 yards.

10. Indiana State: In a 56-0 loss to Purdue, Indiana State wide receiver Dante Hendrix, a 6-foot-3 redshirt senior, had five catches for 90 yards.

11. Western Illinois: In a 62-10 loss to Minnesota, WIU only ran for 35 yards. WIU was led by Jafar Armstrong, a senior transfer from Illinois and Notre Dame, who had five catches for 72 yards.

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, or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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