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My Sincerest Apologies

by Dan Gunderson

This post needs to be written by me because I need to apologize. I need to apologize to one person specifically and the funny thing is that he probably doesn’t know or care about what I said back on the 31st of July.

There it is. In what seemed like a smart and somewhat understandable statement at the time, got completely blown out of the water during the fourth quarter of the Bison’s 24-21 victory over Kansas State University. Specifically, it was an 18 play, eight minute and 30 second drive in the fourth quarter that gave the North Dakota State University football team the 24-21 advantage that blew my statement to pieces.

I need to say sorry and I was dead wrong. So very wrong to ever think that Jensen was close to “overrated.” In fact, I went as far to say he was thee greatest quarterback in Bison history after the game. Here is the proof on that statement.

My cohort, Brad Jones from the Pinto and White Shadow Show podcast, told me that statement made me seem so wishy-washy and it made me look bad because I left my overrated conviction too easily.

I can see his concern over my statement but watching what Jensen did after throwing a third quarter interception is why I was so easily convinced there is no one better. Jensen’s only interception of the game came when the Wildcats had just scored to take a 14-7 lead.

It was a bad pick because Jensen never took his eyes off the deep in route being run by his wideout and safety Dante Barnett made the easy play on the ball. KSU took that pick and turned into six on the ensuing offensive drive. The Bison were down 21-7 with just under 25 minutes to play.

It looked like desperate times for the team and if Jensen was as overrated as I claimed him to be, he would have folded like a cardboard box. Instead, Jensen didn’t miss another pass the rest of the game. He completed 14 straight passes, including seven on the final drive, to lead the Bison back from the brink.

In the school’s biggest regular season game, in what was the opening to possibly the school’s biggest season and on the school’s biggest stage, Jensen came up with the biggest plays in a drive that needs no nickname.

That 18 play drive will not be quickly forgotten nor will the player who engineered it. Much like fans like to talk about the exploits of quarterback Steve Walker, the Jensen drive will put him in a special place for Bison fan’s for years to come.

When Jensen talked to the media after the game, the look of exhaustion was evident on the face of the senior quarterback. It was also evident in his voice how proud he was of what the team had just done on that final drive.

“It was just one of those moments where we just had to gut it out,” said Jensen. “That was the guttiest performance that I have seen in my entire life on any level. I am so proud of my team and I just thank God for letting me be a part of this.”

Yeah, I think that pretty much sums it up. Call me gutless. Call me a waffler. I don’t care. Brock Jensen made me a believer in eight minutes and 30 seconds. Again, Mr. Jensen, I am sorry I ever doubted you.

You can follow Daniel "Pinto" Gunderson on Twitter at @pintoKFGO or friend him on Facebook. You can hear him on his weekly podcast show on kfgo.com, 740thefan.com or on iTunes called “The Pinto and White Shadow Show.” Pinto is a radio producer within the Midwest Communications-Fargo company.