1st & 10 from the NDSU 19. Hess on the option keeper for two.
2nd & 8 from the NDSU 17. Hess is hit hard as thows and it is too wide for his receiver.
3rd & 8 from the NDSU 17. Hess has to just throw it away as he is being pressured again.
YSU will go for it appears.
NDSU gets a holding call to send YSU 10 yards forward to the NDSU 33.
1st & 10 from there. Cook drops a short pass that looked like a screen play.
2nd & 10 from the NDSU 33. Hess scrambles for 14 yards but there is a holding call on YSU to send them back.
2nd & 20 from the NDSU 43. Christian Bryant catches the pass for 9.
3rd & 11 from the NDSU 34. Pass is overthrown on the play but there appears to be a foul on NDSU for a roughing the passer call to give YSU a first down at the NDSU 19.
YSU gets one first down out to their own 41.
Hess hits Disher with a pass out to the NDSU 43.
My net went out for a minute. NDSU stopped YSU for a three and out. The punt was then returned 76 yards by Ryan Smith for a touchdown.
NDSU up 45-7 with 5:25 left in the 3rd qtr.
YSU returns the kickoff to their own 26.
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.