While many sports fans in North Dakota and Minnesota were out hunting deer, the North Dakota State University football team was busy hunting birds inside the Fargodome... Redbirds that is.
The Bison weren't using bullets though. Instead, cannons were the weapons of choice against the Illinois State Redbirds. NDSU (9-0) stayed perfect on the season winning 28-10.
John Crockett seemed to be shot out of a cannon as he took the opening kickoff 52 yards into ISU territory, setting the tone early on. Three plays later Brock Jensen used the cannon attached to his right shoulder to fire a 27 yard bullet to Zach Vraa, putting NDSU up 7-0 just 1 minute, 4 seconds into the game. It's Vraa's fifth straight game with a touchdown.
With North Dakota deer season opening Friday and Minnesota's season opening today, NDSU saw a slight dip in game attendance, but it didn't seem to affect the Bison on the field.
With NDSU leading 14-7 early in the second quarter, Jensen hit Vraa across the middle for a 23 yard strike and a 21-7 lead. Vraa finished with five catches and 109 yards.
John Crockett rushed for 104 yards, and added a late touchdown.
North Dakota State travels to Youngstown State next week.