For the second-straight week, the UND football team produced an emotional victory that made a statement in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
And for the second-straight week, Fighting Hawks coach Bubba Schweigert is stressing to move on.
Last week, the thought of then-No. 3 South Dakota State coming to town might have helped the Hawks stay grounded.
This week, in addition to another challenging opponent in No. 20 South Dakota, No. 4 UND is looking at a quick turnaround with a kickoff at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Alerus Center.
"We put 'day-by-day' on our shirts back in 2014 and, boy, if it ever means something, it's right now," Schweigert said. "We better stay focused one day at a time."
The quick turnaround will be a challenge both physically and emotionally, Schweigert said.
"We talked right away after the game, you have to be able to handle a good win, which we felt it was a good win," Schweigert said. "They're all good wins. They're hard to come by, and you have to earn them. It was a physical game, so we have to get our bodies as best we can by Thursday. Our sports medicine staff will work hard. Also, emotionally, we had to get focused (Sunday) and get prepped for South Dakota. We were on the practice field (Monday) morning early. That's a challenge for our guys, to really focus on our preparation."
South Dakota, which hasn't won in Grand Forks since 1985, is coming off an emotional victory of its own. The Coyotes won at then-No. 7 Illinois State after falling behind 17-0 last Saturday.
USD, in its first game of the season, scored 27 unanswered points and forced seven turnovers. The Yotes picked off ISU sophomore quarterback Bryce Jefferson four times and forced him to fumble twice.
"I think they're a defense that plays with a lot of energy and effort," Schweigert said. "(To play against the USD defense), you need to be able to run the football and secure it when you run it. That has to be an everyday thing. Up to this point, our guys have done a good job. Protecting the quarterback has to really help you. Tommy (Schuster) has made really good decisions when he's had to throw it away. Other times, he puts it in a spot where only our guy catch it. If he overthrows it a bit, you live with it. We're going to have to be good because South Dakota pursues to the ball. They do an excellent job creating those turnovers."
The seven turnovers for the Yotes helped mask giving up 447 yards of total offense to Illinois State.
Like South Dakota State last week -- and UND itself -- South Dakota is starting a freshman at quarterback. Carson Camp completed 20 of 35 passes for 221 yards against ISU.
South Dakota, which had its season opener against Western Illinois postponed in Vermillion due to COVID issues in Macomb, ran 38 times for 79 yards against Illinois State.
The Yotes also gave up and allowed five sacks.
Through two games, Schuster has yet to be sacked and his only turnover was a fourth-down interception against South Dakota State.