That drive may have put this game out of reach. NDSU is up by five scores now.
Lang gets four on first down run.
2nd & 6 from the YSU 26. Lang gets nothing on the carry.
3rd & 6 from the YSU 26. Penality on NDSU--false start.
3rd & 11 from the YSU 31. Nice breakup by Dale Peterman to set up a fourth down for NDSU.
Keller on to try a 49 yard FG. It is good.
NDSU 38 YSU 7 with 7:32 left in the 3rd qtr.
Bison almost use up half of the quarter on the drive despite only getting the three pointer.
1& 10 from the YSU 49. Vraa with an 8 yard catch to the YSU 41.
2nd & 2 from the YSU 41. Crockett hit in the backfield by the Penguins Jeremy Edwards for a loss of three.
3rd & 5 from the YSU 43. Gebhart with the catch to the YSU 30 and yet another 3rd down conversion for NDSU. (9 - of - 10 on third down conversions to this point).
1st & 10 from the NDSU 39. Crockett gets four up the middle.
2nd & 6 from the NDSU 43. Crockett carries again and again gets four.
3rd & 2 from the NDSU 47. Crockett again for another four yard gain and a NDSU first down at the YSU 49.
1st & 10 at the NDSU 25. Vraa with a catch in the backfield but loses one.
2nd & 11 at the NDSU 24. Smith catches the Jensen pass for seven to set up a 3rd down.
3rd & 4 at the NDSU 31. Smith keeps the drive with a crossing pattern catch for a gain of 8.
The opening 2nd half kickoff is downed in the end zone. 1st & 10 for NDSU at their own 25.
Having watched several Hess games, I have not seen him get so rattled before. Might be the NDSU defense but he has not been sacked yet but with several hurries.
We shall see if YSU can mount a comeback in the second half. With the way the NDSU defense is playing, I find it highly doubtful but YSU has a quick strike capability.
YSU needs to force a three & out in the first drive and start from there.
I am even more impressed with the NDSU defense after this first half. Here are the stats at the break:
Yardage: 154 yards for NDSU, 85 yards for YSU
Turnovers: YSU-3, NDSU-0
Interception Return Yardage: 0-YSU, 104-NDSU
Third down conversions: YSU-2-of-5, NDSU-6-of-7
Crockett has 66 rushing yards and 2 TD's and Jensen has 154 passing yards and two touchdowns to lead NDSU.
Cook has 41 yards on the ground and Hess as 85 passing yards with a TD for YSU.
Cook gets seven on a draw play on first down.
And he gets nothing on second down. YSU will just let the clock go to halftime.
NDSU 35 YSU 7.
Stubbs returns just to the YSU 22. 45 seconds left.
I did not see this coming. Three huge takeaways by the NDSU defense all leading to touchdowns.
Jensen's pass goes over Smith's head in the end zone on the next play and is almost picked by YSU.
2nd & 10 from the YSU 17. Jensen's pass goes past his TE incomplete.
3rd & 10 play. Smith with a leaping grab in the end zone. 16 yard TD officially.
PAT is good.
NDSU 35 YSU 7 with just 51 seconds left.
LB Carlton Littlejohn steps in front of Hess pass on the first play after the return.
NDSU has the ball now at the YSU 33 with 1:31 left in the 2nd qtr.
1st & 10 play goes to Smith to the YSU 17 for a gain of 16.
Stubbs with a nice return to start the Penguins off on this drive to the YSU 33.
YSU I feel needs to do something before halftime to stay in this game as the Bison will receive the 2nd half kickoff.
2nd & goal at the YSU 1. Crockett is stopped just short of the goal line so there is no gain on the play. FB Garrett Bruhn was hurt on the play.
3rd & goal from the 1 foot line. Crockett won't be denied on this play as he goes up the middle for the NDSU score.
PAT is good.
NDSU 28 YSU 7 with 1:45 left in the opening half.
Crockett with a great individual effort to get eight on the 1st & goal play.
2nd & goal from the YSU 1. Time out Penguins with 2:25 left in the 2nd qtr.
Smith on the end around for a gain of nine to the YSU 13.
2nd & 1 from the 13. Crockett gets the first down with a gain of four.
1st & goal for NDSU.
Crockett goes with a full head of steam for a gain of 22 to the YSU 22. Bison are in business again.
1st & 10 from the NDSU 40. Crocket up the middle for a nice five yard gain.
2nd & 5 from the 45. Gebhart with the comeback route for a pass play of 11.