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Bison roll past Furman 38-7

by Ryan Gellner

Whatever adjustments the North Dakota State football team made at halftime seemed to work.

The Bison rolled to 38-7 win.

Leading just 10-7 to start the second half of its FCS 2nd round football game against Furman, NDSU made some big time changes at the half time break. In the first 9 minutes and 27 seconds of the second half NDSU scored 21 straight unanswered points.

First, NDSU went 75 yards in 7 plays, capped by a Sam Ojuri 3 yard touchdown run, putting the Bison up 17-7.

Less than 4 minutes later, Brock Jensen hit Andrew Bonnet on a crossing route in the endzone for a 7 yard touchdown, stretching the lead to 24-7.

Furman tried to answer on the ensuing drive, but Marcus Williams, playing in his first game since being injured nearly a month ago, stepped in front of a Reese Hanson pass and took it 61 yards for the third Bison touchdown in the quarter.

For Williams, it was the 7th time he's taken an interception back for a touchdown, an FCS record. It was Williams 21st career interception.

Defensively, NDSU held the Paladins on two separate goal line stands. In the second quarter, the Bison stopped quarterback Reese Hannon on a quarterback sneak inside the one yardline on 4th an goal. That stop gave the ball back to NDSU, and set up a 99 yard scoring drive in which Jensen hit Zach Vraa in stride along the sidelines, putting NDSU up 7-0.

Later, in the 4th quarter, with the Bison up 31-7 Furman fumbled a 4th and goal attempt from the 1 yard line.  

NDSU (12-0) will play Coastal Carolina (12-2) either Friday or Saturday in the Fargodome. The Chanticleers upset Montana 42-35 Saturday afternoon.