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Youngstown State @ North Dakota State

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FARGO, N.D.--I am in the Fargodome and it is the first time seeing the new turf on the floor. This turf looks impressive and much better than the old style Astrotuf that was here before. And what a game I have today with the #3 and #1 ranked teams respectively meeting in this one.

Winter has come early to the north country with a little snow on the ground with temperatures right now in the lower 40s. I drove throw some snow showers on my way to North Dakota last night. But it is a nice 70 degrees inside this facility and it is good we have a roof over our heads today.

Like my column for this week, I mentioned that these two teams seem like mirror images of each other. The offenses to me seem to be very close. We shall see how much the one game suspension of starting running back Sam Ojuri has on the Bison but I believe his backup John Crockett showed more in last week's win over Northern Iowa so I don't think there will be much of a drop off for NDSU.

The defenses I would have a slight edge to the Bison. Plus this is homecoming and around 19,000 fans are expected to pack in the Fargodome to provide the home field advantage to NDSU.

I think the key for the Penguins will be to score first to take some of the crowd momentum down. If NDSU scores early and gets up, it will keep the crowd in the game and keep the Penguins from audiablizing like they like to do at the line of scrimmage.

As I mentioned in my column, I think NDSU will win a closely contested game and will likely win the turnover margin to do so.

But we shall see. YSU owns a win over Pittsburgh on the road so it is not out of question to think they can do something similar today.

Tee minus 20 minutes to kickoff. Can't wait for this one to start.

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    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.
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    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.
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    YSU I feel needs to do something before halftime to stay in this game as the Bison will receive the 2nd half kickoff.
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    Stubbs with a nice return to start the Penguins off on this drive to the YSU 33.
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    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.
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    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.
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    I did not see this coming. Three huge takeaways by the NDSU defense all leading to touchdowns.
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    Stubbs returns just to the YSU 22. 45 seconds left.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    The opening 2nd half kickoff is downed in the end zone. 1st & 10 for NDSU at their own 25.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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).
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    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.
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    That drive may have put this game out of reach. NDSU is up by five scores now.
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    YSU returns the kickoff to their own 26.
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    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.
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    YSU gets one first down out to their own 41.

    Hess hits Disher with a pass out to the NDSU 43.
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