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UND FOOTBALL: Fighting Hawks run past Northern Colorado 38-13 to improve to 3-2

UND's Brady Oliveira runs for yardage against Northern Colorado on Saturday in Greeley, Colo. Photo/Russ Hons, UND Athletics1 / 2
UND defensive end Mason Bennett grabs Northern Colorado quarterback Keaton Mott during Saturday's game. Photo/Russ Hons, UND Athletics2 / 2

GREELEY, Colo. -- For the second week in a row, the UND football team grabbed a double-digit first-half lead.

Last week, UND let off the gas.

On Saturday, the Fighting Hawks floored it.

UND ran for 351 yards and five touchdowns to dominate Northern Colorado 38-13 at Nottingham Field.

“That was us going out in the second half and playing an all-around solid 30 minutes,” UND running back Brady Oliveira said. “We came out and executed across the board. It was a great team win.”

Without star running back John Santiago, who was out with an injury, James Johannesson ran for 141 yards and Oliveira ran for 123 and two touchdowns. UND’s 38 points were a season high.

“We wanted to play a full game, and we did a great job fixing our mistakes from last week,” Johannesson said.

UND, coming off a disappointing 25-21 home loss to unranked Idaho State, righted the ship to improve to 3-2 heading into a bye week.

UND beat UNC for the sixth consecutive time.

“We controlled the ball,” UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. “When you control the football, you have a good chance.”

UND pulled away thanks to a dominant second quarter in which the Fighting Hawks scored 21 points.

UND quarterback Nate Ketteringham, who finished with 123 passing yards, helped in the ground attack rushing for touchdowns of 5 and 2 yards.

The Fighting Hawks were able to get the comfortable win against the winless Bears (0-5) and played a number of backups in the fourth quarter.

True freshman Otis Weah, making his first travel roster of the year, saw his first action and scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter to give UND a 38-7 lead.

UND’s defense never allowed Northern Colorado to get into rhythm. Bears starting quarterback Keaton Mott was 2-for-11 passing for 17 yards.

Mott was replaced in the second half for Conor Regan, who was 8-for-15 passing for 99 yards and a touchdown.

UND bottled up UNC star wide receiver Alex Wesley, who came into the game averaging more than 130 yards per game.

Wesley finished with two catches for 50 yards.

“Quarterback pressure really helps you,” Schweigert said. “It’s hard to get downfield when you pressure the quarterback.”

UND 38,

Northern Colorado 13

UND 3 21 0 14 --38

NCO 0 7 0 6 --13

UND -- Brady Leach 37 field goal

UND -- Nate Ketteringham 5 run (Leach kick)

NCO -- Trae Riek 1 run (Marques Combs kick)

UND -- Brady Oliveira 15 run (Leach kick)

UND -- Ketteringham 2 run (Leach kick)

UND -- Oliveira 13 run (Leach kick)

UND -- Otis Weah 3 run (Leach kick)

UNC -- Sol 14 pass from Regan (kick failed)

Individual leaders

RUSHING -- UND: James Johannesson 22-141, Brady Oliveira 21-123, Otis Weah 5-28, Nate Ketteringham 8-21; UNC: Hall 7-55, Riek 9-54, Regan 5 (-)28

PASSING -- UND: Ketteringham 9-16-1, 123 yards; UNC: Regan 8-16-1, 99 yards; Mott 2-11-0, 17

RECEIVING -- UND: Noah Wanzek 4-64, Travis Toivonen 4-54; UNC: Wesley 2-50, Sol 2-32, Verna 2-14

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department since 2004. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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