Inside the Missouri Valley: NDSU turns to well-used recipe in search of FBS’ next win in Arizona – Mitchell Republic

FARGO, ND — North Dakota State’s trip to Arizona on Saturday night marks the first time the Bison will face a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent since their 2016 win over Iowa.

The Fargo National powerhouse has won nine of the last 11 National Championships in the Football League Subdivision, with its worst finish being a quarter-final loss in 2020 to eventual champions Sam Houston.

The Bisons are the class of FCS and the title goes through Fargo almost every year, but NDSU’s dominance isn’t limited to just FCS schools. In its last six games against FBS opponents, NDSU is 6-0, with wins over Power 5 opponents in Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota and Kansas, and FBS’ last loss for the Bison came in 2009 in the form of a 34-17 loss to Iowa State in a season where NDSU went 3-8 on aggregate .

When NDSU had success against FBS opponents, they did a great job stopping the run. During the six-game winning streak, only Iowa State in 2014 and Minnesota in 2011 rushed for more than 100 yards, and only Minnesota had more rushing yards than the Bison. In 2016, Iowa rushed for just 34 yards, Kansas State had just 41 rushing yards in 2013, Colorado State had 72 in 2012, and Kansas had 96 in 2010.

North Dakota State head football coach Matt Entz watches his team during Bison football practice Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

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However, in the 2009 loss to Iowa State, the Cyclones posted 204 rushing yards.

The Bison also converted on a relatively high clip of third downs against FBS teams in wins, including a 6-of-9 performance against Minnesota in 2011. In those six games, the Bison converted on third downs at a 49% clip, but that number includes the 2010 win over the Jayhawks where NDSU went 2 of 13. In the loss to Iowa State in 2009, however, NDSU was just 5 out of 14 on third downs.

The turnover battles also swung in the Bison’s favor when they defeated the FBS enemies. The only time during the ongoing six-game winning streak that NDSU hasn’t won the turnover battle was in 2016, when the Bison and Iowa each had a turnover . Other than that, NDSU has been good at forcing turnovers defensively and limiting turnovers offensively.

NDSU forced 12 turnovers in six games and only gave away the ball four times and never spat the ball more than once in a game, but in the 2009 loss the Bison gave in two reversals.

The key for the Bison will be maintaining the things that have made them successful against FBS teams in the past. This season, Cam Miller hasn’t thrown the ball a ton, in part because he doesn’t need to, but NDSU rushed the ball for 423 yards in the first two games and gave up 243.

Arizona has just 202 rushing yards in its first two games and has turned the ball over five times. The Wildcats were good at stopping teams on third down, allowing just a 30.4 percent conversion percentage, while NDSU converted 11 of 19 third down chances.

But in many ways, NDSU is starting over. Matt Entz wasn’t the head coach in 2016 when the Bison knocked out Iowa, and none of the current team’s players were on Kinnick Stadium’s roster that day. As Bison players, they played big games but never an FBS contest on the road.

The recipe for FBS success, however, is there and even with a different staff, NDSU has a great chance of extending their winning streak against FBS schools to seven.

Thursday, September 8
Missouri State 35, UT Martin 30
Saturday September 11
South Dakota State 24, UC Davis 22
Montana 24, South Dakota 7
North Dakota State 43, North Carolina A&T State 3

North Dakota 29, Northern Iowa 27
Minnesota 62, West Illinois 10
Purdue 56, Indiana State 0
Youngstown State 49, Dayton 16
Southeastern Missouri State 34, Southern Illinois 31
Illinois State 28, Valparaiso 21

One of the best performances of the conference for the week:

state of missouri Jason Shelly had as many misses as touchdown passes, throwing for five touchdowns and 297 yards on 19 of 24 passes in a 35-30 win over No. 14 UT Martin on Thursday night.

Shelley tied a single-game program record for passing touchdowns in a game, including two in the fourth quarter, the first being fourth and first from the 7-yard line down 28-24.

Rankings are from Stats Perform FCS Top 25. FBS Associated Press Top 25 rankings are indicated with an asterisk.

Saturday September 17
Youngstown State at *No. 9 Kentucky, 11 a.m.
Illinois South to Northwest, 11 a.m.
No. 3 Montana at Indiana State 12 p.m.
Cal Poly at South Dakota, 1 p.m.
No. 22 North Dakota at northern Arizona, 3 p.m.
Southern Utah to Western Illinois, 3 p.m.
No. 8 Sacramento State at UNI, 4 p.m.
No. 5 Missouri State at *No. 10 Arkansas, 6 p.m.
Butler at No. 2 South Dakota State, 6 p.m.
Eastern Illinois at Illinois State, 6:30 p.m.
State No. 1 North Dakota at Arizona, 10 p.m.

Valley game of the week

A Missouri Valley game we can’t wait to watch this week:

State of Missouri to Arkansas: There are plenty of solid games on the Valley slate this week, but no other contest has the scenarios like this. Former Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino is returning to Fayetteville for the first time since 2012, when the former coach was fired amid a scandal.

For now, both teams are taking the high road on Petrino’s return, with Arkansas coach Sam Pittman crediting Petrino for Arkansas’ success – 34-17 in four seasons, including an 11-win season and a trip to the Sugar Bowl – which the Razorbacks continue to recruit. As Wyatt D. Wheeler of the Springfield News-Leader writes, Petrino is trying to stay focused on the court.

“I think we’ll see when I get there,” Petrino said. “Right now I’m just going to be thinking about the week and the preparation and what our players have to do. I’m sure there will be feelings and emotions when I walk into the stadium, but that’s not “It’s not really about me. It’s about our football team. Since June, we’ve been the same dedicated team working hard together. It’s really about our players.

In the third year for Missouri State, Petrino has a talented roster, led by Shelley, who is one of 26 FBS transfers on the Bears roster and was part of the Utah and New York teams. the state of Utah. Arkansas, however, was revitalized under Pittman and dynamite quarterback KJ Jefferson.

But for all the FBS-FCS upsets in Valley history — including 12 Valley wins since the 2014 season — only one has come at the expense of an FBS top-25 team, with NDSU winning. on Iowa in the hands of the then- No. 11 hawk eyes. There’s never been a win over a top-10 team and the Bears have a decent chance Saturday night against the Razorbacks, who have contests with Texas A&M and Alabama looming in the next two weeks.

  • One of MVFC’s two starting quarterbacks in the NFL, NDSU Carson Wentz started his career well with the Washington Commanders with a 28-22 win over the Jaguars. Wentz went 27 of 41 passes for 313 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, becoming the first Washington quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns in a single game since 2015. His final touchdown of the day went to rookie wide receiver Jahan Dotson to put the Commanders ahead with just 1:46 left in regulation.
  • The other bison starting below the center, Trey Lance got the nod for the 49ers. Lance struggled in a loss to the Bears, going 13 for 28 through the air without a touchdown and an interception, while rushing for 54 yards in a 19-10 loss at Soldier Field.
  • Former Illinois State running back and current Jacksonville Jaguars james robinson carried the ball 11 times for 66 yards and a score and added a 3-yard receiving score in a 28-22 loss to the Commanders.
  • NDSU’s Green Bay second-round rookie wide receiver, Christian Watson, had two passes for 34 yards and tacked on a seven-yard rush in a season-opening loss to the Vikings. However, the former Bison dropped a through pass from Aaron Rodgers on the Packers’ first offensive play of the season.

  • state of south dakota Dallas Goedert started his season with three catches for 60 yards for the Eagles in a 38-35 win over the Lions.