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Bison Thump Jackrabbits 20-0

by Elliot Hoekstra

The Herd headed south to begin Missouri Valley Football Conference play against the border rival South Dakota State.

The first quarter proved to be a game of special teams, and with the Dakota Marker on the line, Sophomore Punter Ben LeCompte came up huge with three incredible punts in the 1st quarter to keep the Jackrabbits pinned in their own territory.

And the Bison Defense backed up the great special teams play by allowing just one yard to South Dakota State Running back Zach Zenner on four carries in the first quarter.

The NDSU offense found their footing early in the second quarter with a strong drive down the field capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Brock Jensen to take a 7-0 lead.

With the 2nd quarter coming to a close the Bison looked to be on the move again, but after being held near midfield the Herd was able to avoid a near disaster on special teams and took a 7-0 lead into the locker room.

The Bison with the ball in the 3rd Quarter and began moving down the field when Jensen was picked off by South Dakota State Defensive Back Andrew Brown.

But the NDSU Defense didn’t budge, forcing the Jackrabbits to punt.

The Jack’s Defense held up Brock Jensen and the Herd Offense, but Ben LeCompte’s incredible game continued with a great punt pinning South Dakota State at the nine yard-line.

The 3rd Quarter came to a close with neither team finding the scoreboard and the Herd holding their 7-0 edge in Brookings.

Entering the 4th Quarter, South Dakota State’s star running back Zach Zenner had just one yard on seven carries and the team combined for a total of -17 yards rushing.

The Bison Offense turned to brute strength in their running game for the 4th Quarter powering the football down the field with John Crockett who found the endzone to cap off the drive, but a missed extra point left the score at 13-0.

The NDSU Offense wasn’t done yet, stampeding down the field on their next possession putting the game out of reach with a Jensen keeper at the goal line for a 20-0 lead.

20-0 was the final score as the Herd bring the Dakota Market back home once again to Fargo.