Bison football moves to 8-0 after dominating Sycamores

Next up is a massive game in Brookings against SDSU

Photo Courtesy | Tim Sanger
Kobe Johnson now owns the record for longest run in school history.

The North Dakota State football team defeated Indiana State in the Trees Bowl with a 44-2 rout. The win keeps the Bison undefeated, with their record improving to 8-0, best in the Missouri Valley conference.

After a slow start against Missouri State, head coach Matt Entz challenged the Herd to get off to a fast start. They answered the call as they scored on their first five possessions of the game.

NDSU’s defense was exceptional, pitching a shutout and allowing just 275 yards of offense. They also had four sacks on the day, as well as an interception from cornerback Marques Sigle.

The defense was able to have a big goal-line stand in the second quarter, as linebacker Jackson Hankey made the stop on fourth-and-goal. That goal-line stop really caught Entz’s attention.

“Big time play. Those guys they refuse to just concede anything, and that’s what I really appreciate about what coach Braun, coach Buddha, coach Goeser, coach Morgan, coach Pronschinske, all those guys have created in that room is that those guys have an edge.”

With starting quarterback Quincy Patterson unable to play for the Bison, sophomore quarterback Cam Miller got the start. He was able to step in a play an efficient game for the Herd, completing 10 of his 14 passes for 179 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

As usual, NDSU leaned on their running game, rushing for 292 yards and three touchdowns. Kobe Johnson led the Herd in rushing with 155 yards and a touchdown on just five carries. His 97-yard touchdown run was the longest run from scrimmage in NDSU history.

TeMerik Cole and backup quarterback Cole Payton were also able to find the endzone on the ground for NDSU.

Coach Entz declined to name a starting quarterback for next week’s game against South Dakota State.

“We got to see how people’s health are still. Like I said today we got Quincy out there, got him throwing a little bit but just wasn’t prepared to go and we need to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to help ourselves win football games, and so sometimes you got to make some tough decisions there, we’ll see where he’s at.”

Up next for the Herd is a huge matchup where they will travel to Brookings to take on number nine ranked South Dakota State where the Bison will look to win back the Dakota Marker.

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