NDSU Remains Undefeated with Road Win against Missouri State

Courtesy: NDSU Athletics

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – North Dakota State capitalized on turnovers and held Missouri State’s rushing game in-check as the Bison rolled to a 27-3 victory over the Bears in the Missouri Valley Football Conference on Saturday, Oct. 8.
King Frazier rushed 19 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bison attack.  NDSU (5-0, 2-0 MVFC) outgained Missouri State 428-176 in total yardage and outrushed the Bears by a 269-30 margin.

The Bison scored 14 points off four Missouri State turnovers including interceptions by Jalen Allison and Robbie Grimsley, and a pair of forced fumbles by Nate Tanguay and Jarrod Tuszka.

Allison’s second interception of the season set up a 21-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Shepher that gave NDSU its first lead at 10-3 midway through the second quarter. Cam Pedersen kicked field goals of 38 and 21 yards in the second quarter to help give the Bison a 13-3 halftime lead.

Frazier scored on a 22-yard run the first play after defensive tackle Aaton Steidl’s 20-yard fumble return to give the Bison a 20-3 lead early in the fourth quarter, and Frazier’s 4-yard TD run capped a nine-play, 72-yard drive late that put the game away.

The Bison defense totaled 11 tackles for loss and held its opponent under 40 yards rushing for the third straight game.  Iowa, Illinois State and Missouri State rushed for a combined 101 yards.

NDSU cornerback Jaylaan Wimbush made seven tackles and blocked a field goal, and middle linebacker Matt Plank made six stops including three tackles for loss.

Bison quarterback Easton Stick finished 11 of 20 passing for 159 yards and one touchdown. RJ Urzendowski caught four passes for 73 yards and Missouri native Darrius Shepherd caught four passes for 62 yards a score.

North Dakota State is scheduled to host South Dakota State in the annual Dakota Marker game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.