UND offense explodes in 48-31 win over No. 7 Missouri State
The Fighting Hawks once trailed 21-10 late in the first half before dominating the rest of the way.
GRAND FORKS — A year ago, the UND football team fumbled away a lead in the fourth quarter at Missouri State.
This time, UND didn't just hang on to a late lead against Missouri State. The Fighting Hawks poured it on.
The Hawks racked up more than 500 yards of total offense and Tyler Hoosman ran for 147 yards as UND beat No. 7 Missouri State 48-31 on Saturday afternoon at the Alerus Center.
UND improved to 17-1 at the Alerus Center since Halloween 2018.
"We wanted to play really attacking football today," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "We had a really good response in the second half."
After falling behind 21-10 with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left in the first half, UND went on a 38-3 run.
UND running back Tyler Hoosman finished with his third 100-yard game of the season, rushing for a career-high 147 yards and a touchdown.
UND wide receiver Garett Maag had five catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns. It was the fifth-year senior's first 100-yard game since March 13, 2021, at Western Illinois.
As a team, UND outgained Missouri State on the ground 248 to 118. Behind Hoosman, UND also saw Isaiah Smith rush for 78 yards on eight carries including a 54-yard touchdown run on an option play from Tommy Schuster in the fourth quarter.
"We knew if we kept running, one of the runs was going to break," Smith said. "We knew during halftime they were going to be tired."
After falling behind 21-10 late in the second quarter, UND was able to score 10 points before halftime to pull to within 21-20 at the break.
The Hawks needed just two plays to pull within one score. After a 32-yard screen pass from Schuster to Smith, Schuster found Maag for a 38-yard touchdown with 2:06 left in the half to make it 21-17.
After a quick three-and-out, UND took advantage of an offsides call on Missouri State on fourth down to extend its final drive before the half. Then thanks to a personal foul on the Bears with 27 seconds left, UND was able to get in position to connect on a Brady Stevens 35-yard field goal to make it 21-20 Bears as the half expired.
UND dominated the third quarter behind the running of Hoosman, who scored from 55 yards out to make it 27-21 early in the third.
With 2:10 left in the third, quarterback Quincy Vaughn — UND's short-yardage specialist — scored his second quarterback sneak of the game to give UND a 34-21 advantage.
Vaughn's key touchdown was made possible by an important third-and-14 pickup. After a holding penalty put UND in a tough spot, Schuster scrambled away from pressure and found Maag down the sideline for a 29-yard gain.
UND was able to milk much of the fourth-quarter clock. UND finished with a possession time advantage of about 36 minutes to 24 minutes.
UND improved to 3-2 and bounced back from a deflating 34-17 loss at Southern Illinois last Saturday.
"Coach was on it all week about us playing aggressive," UND linebacker Devon Krzanowski said. "Last week, we felt like that isn't who we are as a team and a defense. This week, we wanted to play aggressive, downhill and tough."