Brown is intercepted by Andre Martin but Martin is called for a pass interference so ISU gets 15 yards on the foul. Questionable call in my opinion.
1st & 10 at their 30. Pass too far outside on first down
2nd & 10 at 30. is a short pass.
3rd & 5. Brown losses the ball after being batted away by Cole Jirik to set up a punt for the Redbirds.
NDSU takes over at their own 30. We have 5:56 left in the 3rd qtr.
ISU returns the kickoff only back to their own 15.
3rd & goal at the ISU 7. Delay of game on NDSU.
3rd & goal at the ISU 12. Gebhart can't make the slant catch. NDSU will be forced to kick the field goal from Keller from 29 yards out.
NDSU cuts the lead to three. ISU 20 NDSU 17 with 7:40 left in the 3rd qtr.
1st & goal at the ISU 7. Crockett gets stacked at the line for no gain.
2nd & goal at the ISU 7. Jensen throws it away in the end zone.
3rd & goal at the ISU 7. NDSU uses a TO.
Ojuri takes the opening play for a three yard gain.
2nd & 7 from the NDSU 43. Pass incomplete to Smith on a great play by the ISU corner.
3rd & 7. Jensen scrambles for six.
4th & 1. Option play to Ojuri to the ISU 19.
Vraa catches the Jensen pass to the ISU 7 for a gain of 12.
ISU wil kickoff to NDSU. The return is by Ryan Smith and he gets to the NDSU 40. Smith was one tackle away from returning that one.
Brown is incomplete on the 1st down play at the 35.
2nd & 10 at the NDSU 35. Neblett drops the pass and is nearly intercepted.
3rd & 10 from the NDSU 35. Brown on the qb keeper right up the middle for 5.
ISU will try a 47 yard field goal from Aussieker and it is good.
ISU 20 NDSU 14 with 11:12 left in the 3rd qtr.
That FG attempt tied a career long for Aussieker.
Dunn for five to the NDSU 40. Brown gets five more on second down for another Redbird 1st down at the NDSU 35.
Brown gets a qb keeper to the NDSU 45.
Tyrone Walker gets the opening reception for 17 so ISU sets the early tone on this drive.
Huge second half for the Missouri Valley.
NDSU is set to kickoff to ISU. This first drive is key in my opinion for both teams. A score and ISU takes control but a three and out and sets NDSU up well.
The kickoff is into the end zone for a touchback. ISU will start at the 25.
The score is much higher than I expected for these two defensive minded teams at the half time break. NDSU's defense has not played up their normal steller way up until now--allowing three long scoring drives of 60, 63, and 75 yards. That is not something the Bison have done much of all season long.
NDSU's offense has sputtered at times but have looked better than the past few weeks.
So far, no turnovers so this will be key in the second half.
At the half, here are some stats:
Time of Possession: ISU 17:11 to NDSU 12:49.
Total Yards: ISU 240, NDSU 129.
Total plays: ISU 38, NDSU 23.
Kickoff Return: NDSU 144, ISU 15.
Only one penalty, NDSU for five yards.
ISU with a another five yard gain to the NDSU 48. Time out ISU with 43 seconds left.
2nd & 5. Brown with a short pass to his tight end for just two. ISU uses their 2nd TO.
3rd & 3 from the NDSU 46. Razzle dazzle play with Brown trowing to Dudley and he throws back to Brown for a five yard loss.
4th & 8 and ISU is in the punting and ISU downs at the NDSU 13.
We have just 15 seconds left. Jensen tries to pass to Ojuri. Ojuri gets a yard on the 2nd down play as we go to the half.
Illinois State 17 North Dakota State 14.
Dunn gets three on a screen pass from Brown and a yard on a run to the ISU 30 to set up a 3rd & 6 from there.
Nevlett gets the first down to the 37.
And Walker gets 10 on the next play to the 47.
ISU will take over at their own 26. We have 2:35 left in the opening half.
3rd & 7 from the NDSU 40. Jensen over throws Smith on the pass to set up a punt.
Delay of game for NDSU back to the NDSU 27.
Crocket gets 8 on two plays to set up a 3rd & 7 from the NDSU 40. Okland is injured on the last play.
Jensen is sacked for a five yard loss after not seeing anyone down field open.
Jensen with a qb keeper and gains just enough for the first down of 15 yards to the NDSU 37.
Williams returns the kickoff and gets out to the NDSU 27.
Dunn gets two on a run and Brown overthrows his man on 2nd down.
But makes good on third down to Dudley to the NDSU 3. Brown with a fake handoff and runs to the left for the Redbird score. PAT is good.
ISU retake the lead 17-14 with 6:05 left in the opening half.