CFB: Bison Best Coyotes, 49-14, in Fargo

FARGO, N.D.—North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick led an efficient Bison offense that racked up 647 yards of offense in a 49-14 win against South Dakota in a battle of top-10 teams. The win gives North Dakota State (9-1, 6-1 MVFC) at least a share of its seventh consecutive Missouri Valley Football Conference title.

Stick passed for 307 yards and contributed 39 yards to a ground game that compiled 342. Sophomore running back Ty Brooks carried nine times for a game-high 152 yards and three touchdowns. NDSU reached the end zone on seven of its first nine possessions and averaged better than 11 yards per play.

South Dakota (7-3, 4-3) got 232 yards passing and 93 yards rushing from quarterback Chris Streveler, who broke the program’s single-season record for total yards in a season with 3,520. Streveler scored touchdowns on runs of 19 and 8 yards in the first half. The Coyotes’ No. 2 ranked offense totaled 419 yards against NDSU’s second-ranked defense, a unit that was yielding 220 yards per game.

Streveler accounted for all but eight yards on the opening drive of the game, a 12-play, 75-yard march that he capped with a 19-yard scramble around the left end. It was the third straight game the Coyotes have opened with a touchdown.

NDSU answered with Brooks’ first touchdown of the game, an 8-yard plunge that capped a six-play drive. Stick’s 35-yard pass to RJ Urzendowski on 3rd-and-3 was the catalyst.

The Bison went 98 yards on drive two. A 77-yard connection from Stick to Dimitri Williams got NDSU to the one and Bruce Anderson crossed the goal line on his third try from there. Anderson, the team’s leading rusher this season, was limited to 33 yards on 14 carries.

It was 21-7 when Streveler struck for the second time. Passes of 32 and 14 yards to Brandt Van Roekel followed by a 17-yard run by Michael Fredrick on 3rd-and-1 made it 1st-and-goal from the eight. Streveler ran up the middle and dove for the end zone for a score that made it 21-14.

The Bison’s first punt came next, but USD couldn’t take advantage on its next drive. A 54-yard touchdown run by Brooks with 2:37 left in the first half made it 28-14 and put USD in a hole it wasn’t able to climb out of.

South Dakota gained 162 yards on five second-half possessions, but did not score. The Coyotes were 0-for-3 on fourth down in the second half and 0-for-4 for the game.

USD ran for 187 yards and averaged nearly five yards a carry against a defense that was allowing 77 yards on average. In addition to Streveler, the Coyotes got 57 yards from Fredrick and 33 from Kai Henry. Van Roekel led the receiving corps with four catches for 62 yards.

The Coyotes return home to host South Dakota State (8-2, 5-2) at 2 p.m. Saturday inside the DakotaDome in the regular season finale for both teams.