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Thoughts On North Dakota State University's 56-10 Victory Over Ferris State

by Dan Gunderson
  • Not sure why but players like Brock Jensen, Marcus Williams, Billy Turner, etc... played much longer than I expected. Should have been on the bench by the end of the first quarter.
  • Crowd noise was very loud to begin the game but that was to be expected. The Bison raised their 2012 FCS National Championship banner and it was the home opener for the 2013 season.
  • Ferris State had more rushing yards in the first half against the Bison than Kansas State University had the entire game last week against NDSU.
  • Senior safety Bryan Shepherd was disqualified from the game for hitting a defenseless opponent above the shoulders. This is a new rule in college football this year. Usually just a 15-yard penalty, this year it results in disqualification. That call was a tad bit touchy against Shepherd.
  • The Bulldogs QB Jason Vander Laan will be a handful for Division II opponents. He even caused some issues against the Bison defense. I walked away from this game impressed by his play.
  • So glad I will never be on the receiving end of a Colten Heagle tackle. Guy hits like a ton of bricks.
  • The lone Ferris State touchdown came on a pass from Vander Laan to wide receiver Dewayne Boston. Covering Boston on the play was Marcus Williams. Just thought I would let you know.
  • I was impressed by redshirt freshman wide receiver Eric Perkins. Made a couple of nice receptions tonight. A Kewaskum, Wisconsin native could be the next Ryan Smith. Perkins is listed at 5'8" and 167 pounds. Ryan Smith is listed at 5'7" and 175 pounds. 
  • Halftime at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome was the great evacuation. Most of the fans left sensing the rout was on in favor of the Bison.
  • Carson Wentz was greeted with a nice applause after being announced as the new quarterback.
  • Ben LeCompte didn't attempt a punt until there were 14 minutes left in the game.
  • Esley Thorton received a large amount of playing time after Travis Beck came out of the game late in the 1st quarter.
  • Moorhead native and true freshman Chase Morlock had his first carry as a Bison in this game. That, while interesting, is not a thought. The fact that the PA Announcer called him Kasey Morlock at one point is. Kasey was an All-American women's basketball player for NDSU in the mid-90s.
  • Chase Morlock had a nice start to his Bison career with 39 yards on seven carries and a touchdown.
  • Former NDSU DE Scott Stoczynski is a N.D. State Patrolman and made an appearance on the video board reminding people to buckle up. Again, just thought you should know.
  • Adam Keller had issues kicking off. Two kick offs went out of bounds.*
  • With the win, head coach Craig Bohl tied Rocky Hager for the most wins all-time as a head coach in school history. Both coaches have 91 victories.
  • Brock Jensen wore number 18 instead of 16 because his regular jersey was not available before the game. Coach Bohl said it appeared as if somebody might have taken it. He is not sure who. 
  • Jensen kept being called Peyton Manning by his teammates during the game.
  • Nobody was hurt according to coach Bohl.
  • Bohl kept the players in the locker room during the banner raising ceremony on purpose.
  • Bohl didn't put in the back ups on defense because he felt the quarterbacks for Ferris State were causing his starters problems.
  • According to Zach Vraa, Eric Perkins seems to mimic Ryan Smith on the practice field. Those two play a similar style of football according to teammates.
  • Next week, the Bison have a bye and follow that up with a home game against Delaware State on September 21.

*Editor's Note: Adam Keller did not kick off for the Bison. It was Ben LeCompte and Tom Barneson.

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