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Bison Lead New Hampshire at Half

by Ryan Gellner

For a game that started our rocky, it's been somewhat smooth sailing for North Dakota State. 

It started out ugly for the Bison who lead New Hampshire 31-7 at halftime of the NCAA FCS Semifinals.

Brock Jensens first pass attempt was intercepted and returned 38 yards by Steven Thames, putting the Wildcats up 7-0.  

It didn't get much easier on NDSU's second possession. Sam Ojuri fumbled on his own 30 yard-line, giving UNH a short field, and a chance to add to the early lead.

But, NDSU's defense had other ideas. The Bison held the Wildcats on 4th and 5, and that seemed to propel the two time defending champs.

Jensen threw a 50 yard bomb down the middle of the field, hitting Zach Vraa in stride, to tie the score a 7-7 after one quarter.

With the Bison nursing a 10-7 lead, Jensen found Derek Lang wide open for a 7 yard touchdown, putting NDSU up 17-7.

Less than a minute later, Leevon Perry picked up a UNH fumble on the six yard line, and sprinted his way into the endzone for a 24-7 lead.

Finally, Kevin Vaadeland outfought a Wildcat defender, and pulled down a Jensen pass for a 20 yard score, and the 31-7 halftime lead.

The Bison have 319 yards of total offense, compared to New Hampshires 61.