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There are still three games remaining in the regular season. And now there is a good possibility of playing in the upcoming Big Sky Conference tournament. But UND's 3-0 sweep of Portland State on Thursday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center may go down as the program's biggest win of the season. Then again, there is that case to be made for UND's win against North Dakota State earlier this season. "It has to be right up there," UND coach Ashley Hardee said. "Knocking off the first-place team in the conference after a grueling schedule, it's a good win. This gives us some confidence.
A year ago, Northland Community and Technical College reached the NJCAA Division III national volleyball tournament for the first time in the program's history. The Pioneers went 1-2 in the tournament. It was a great experience for the Pioneers. Northland, which surprised Central Lakes in the Region 13B tournament last week, earned a repeat trip to the national tournament and now has its sights set on a championship. "We have the team for it," said Northland coach Abdul Chamma. "Our main concern is to stay healthy.
Mitch Sutton perhaps ran as hard as he's ever run as a UND running back last week against Southern Utah. As a senior, it was his last home game at the Alerus Center and he was trying to help UND seal a win against Southern Utah. Sutton's punishing running late in UND's 33-29 win, however, came with a price. Sutton broke his collarbone and will miss UND's season finale Nov. 17 at Northern Colorado. "We were trying to run out the clock and it was our second to last play when Mitch got stuck pretty good," UND coach Chris Mussman said.
North Dakota is in its first year of Big Sky Conference competition. Yet, UND's Greg Hardin was a Big Sky preseason all-conference selection.
Polls, power ratings, strength-of-schedules and the like, which add a little spice to college football, don't produce wins or mean much when it comes to the bottom line. But they do serve as some consolation to a team like UND. UND's 2012 schedule, as it turns out, is rated as the second-toughest in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision, according to the Big Sky Conference. You'll get no argument from UND, which has played its most demanding schedule in the program's history during the last five weeks. In order, UND has played No. 16 Cal Poly, No. 8 Eastern Washington, No.
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- After UND players dejectedly walked to their locker room, North Dakota quarterback Braden Hanson returned to talk to the media. It was clear that the UND quarterback had taken a pounding from a relentless, agile and on-edge Montana State defense -- the best in the Big Sky Conference. Yet, Hanson, who was sacked seven times, stood in the cold of Bobcat Stadium answering questions -- those that arise after a team gets whipped 55-10 by the No. 4 FCS team in the country. "I feel a little bit sore but I do after every game," Hanson said.
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- When it comes to scheduling, it seems, UND can't catch a break. UND wrapped up a gauntlet of demanding Big Sky Conference games Saturday against Montana State, which rolled to a 55-10 win against North Dakota. The game ended a run of Big Sky games against Cal Poly, Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona and Montana. All but Montana were ranked in the top 13 of this week's FCS poll. But it doesn't get any easier Saturday for North Dakota.
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- The buzz from last week's record-setting UND-Montana game is still hanging around. That's a good thing. And it's a bad thing. The good: UND has received national recognition from its prolific passing game against Montana, which turned into to a 40-34 North Dakota win. The bad: The accolades don't do much considering UND plays No.
UND's record-setting win against Montana last week was the Green and White's feel-good moment of the season. But, as UND is discovering in the Big Sky Conference, feel-good moments are fleeting at best. That's especially true when your next opponent is No. 4 Montana State, a national FCS title contender that has had two weeks to think about its lone loss of the season.
UND's electrifying, record-setting 40-34 win Saturday against Montana may or may not be the program's signature win of the Division I football era. That will be debated later. What's not for debate is UND's most productive performance in the Division I era. UND quarterback Braden Hanson threw for 660 yards -- UND and Big Sky Conference single-game records.