33 yard FG by Billy Hallgren of UNI to put UNI up 17 - 7 with 12:20 to play in the game.
Here are some photos from the 1st half so far.
End of the 3rd quarter. UNI is driving now--at the SDSU 30 yard line. Score is still 14-7 UNI.
Two scores right off the bat in the start of the 3rd qtr. SDSU scored on a Tyrel Kool 10 yard pass catch to start and UNI answered with a 8 yard run from Tirrell Rennie. UNI 14 SDSU 7 now with 6:05 left in the 3rd.
SDSU drove down to the UNI 8 yard line on this drive but quaterback Thomas O'Brien was intercepted in the endzone just before the half. UNI took a knee to run the remaining seconds off the clock. We are at the half--UNI 7 SDSU 0.
Two punts have been exchanged. Right now, SDSU starting out at their own 28 yard line.
Already in the second quarter, SDSU had a 42 yard field goal attempt go through the uprights but there was an illegal formation on the play so it pushed the attempt back 5 yards and that one came up short. UNI had a big run on the ensuing play by quarterback Tirrell Rinnie to get down to the SDSU 6 yard line. Rinnie scored on a fourth and goal from the 1 yard line to put UNI up 7-0 with 12:26 left in the second quarter.
After one quarter of play it is still 0-0. UNI had two field goal attempts but both missed.
Halftime--UNI leads 9-3 in a battle of field goals. UNI leads the yardage battle with 244 yards to 123 for NDSU.
Just to expand a little on the game. Two 13-minute halves were played between the defense (Blue team) against the offense (White team) with points awarded for defensive forced punts (or stops on 4th down) and turnovers for the defense (and could also score if the turnover went for a TD). The offense scored on first downs along with the normal touchdowns, field goals and point after conversion kicks.
The defense looked in fall form, in my opinion. They created three turnnovers--two interceptions and a fumble to win the game rather easily 51-21. Drake returns 14 starters overall but most are on defense and it showed in this game.
Remember, Drake finished 8-3 last year overall with two of their losses coming from Butler and Dayton in their last two games of the season. The other loss was to South Dakota early on.
Wilson is a beast and this maybe has toughened him even more. I pity the foe opposing him. Good call Kent on this topic.