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#2 Northern Iowa @ #1 North Dakota State

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FARGO, N.D.--After a little break in my coverage, I am back this Saturday in Fargo to see the top two teams in the GPI battle in this Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup.

Both teams have had a win over a BCS Big 12 team and both are ranked in the top of the ranks defensively.

This is the Trees Bowl at the Fargodome--the annual game that is sponsered by the ND Forestry Service.

Both teams are also coming off of impressive wins last week. NDSU winning at South Dakota State and UNI winning at home over McNeese State. Both opponents were ranked in the top 10 in each of the FCS polls prior to their games.

In this game, I think it will be a battle of defenses and what offense can crack the opponents. NDSU leads the country in giving up just 7.8 points per game and UNI is just behind with 11.8.

The home field for the Bison might help with a sold out crowd inside on a dreery day outside in Fargo. Nearly 19.000 screaming NDSU fans are expected to file inside.

The key for the Panthers will be to keep in close and to likely have some momentum early to keep the crowd out of the game.

I think UNI will keep it close but given the home field, the Bison defense and quarterback Brock Jensen, I believe NDSU will come out on top.

I can't wait to see this game. Last year around this same week, NDSU played Youngstown State who was rated in the Top 5 as well and gave them a pounding but this will not be that game I don't believe.

Let's get this started!!!!!

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  1. Kent's Avatar
    The UNI kickoff is returned by Ryan Smith out to the NDSU 44.
  2. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the NDSU 44. Ojuri up the middle for 9.

    2nd & 1 at the UNI 47. Ojuri runs to the outside for the NDSU first down.

    1st & 10 at the UNI 42. Ojuri run up the middle for 4.

    2nd & 6 at the UNI 39. Jensen can't hit Smith with the pass. It seems Jensen is a little off with his passes today from what I remember from the Kansas St. game.

    3rd & 6 at the UNI 39. Jensen is sacked and fumbled the ball but one of the Bison offensive linemen get it.

    4th & 6 at the UNI 47. Punt goes nearly out of bounds but ruled in the end zone for the touchback.
  3. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the UNI 20. Johnson with a 9 yard carry.

    2nd & 1 at the UNI 29. Swing pass for 2.

    1st & 10 at the UNI 31. Short gain up the middle by Tyvis Smith for three. That is the last play of the 3rd qtr.

    UNI will have it 2nd & 7 at the NDSU 33 when we start the 4th qtr.
  4. Kent's Avatar
    2nd & 7 at the UNI 33. Johnson up the middle for 2.

    3rd & 5 at the UNI 35. Kollmorgain throws it out of bounds and the Panthers will need to punt.
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    1st & 10 at the NDSU 32. Vraa with a 5 yard catch.

    2nd & 5 at the NDSU 37. Crockett with the run to the side but gets just 2.

    3rd & 3 at the NDSU 39. Jensen keeps in a 5 WR set up the middle for the first down on a huge gain.
  6. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the UNI 37. Jensen overthrows Smith again.

    2nd & 10 at the UNI 37. Crockett up the middle for 9.

    3rd & 1 at the UNI 28. Crockett breaks a couple takcles and moves the chains for the Bison.
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    1st & 10 at the UNI 15. Crockett again for 4 up the middle.

    2nd & 6 at the UNI 11. Crockett on the option pitch but gets nothing.

    3rd & 6 at the UNI 11. Smith can't come with the catch on a well placed pass this time from Jensen.

    4th & 6 at the UNI 11. NDSU will go. Vraa with a catch in the end zone for the Bison touchdown.

    PAT is good.

    UNI 23 NDSU 17. 10:14 left in the game.
  8. Kent's Avatar
    Huge fourth down play by Jensen there to get the Bison touchdown.
  9. Kent's Avatar
    The NDSU kickoff is returned by Deiondre Hall to the UNI 21. The crowd is as loud as I have heard it right now.
  10. Kent's Avatar
    Two plays have UNI with a 3rd & 12. Kollmorgan with a huge pass to Vereen and UNI convertion to the UNI 43.
  11. Kent's Avatar
    UNI is forced to punt and is downed at the NDSU 23. We have 6:57 left in the game.
  12. Kent's Avatar
    The last drive saw the Bison defense blitz and nail Kollmorgan several times. He is a tough quarterback to stay in there after the pounding he took.

    This is a huge drive of course for NDSU. This has the shades of the Kansas State win over it.
  13. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the NDSU 23. Wahloo,Jr. with a two yard loss.

    2nd & 12 a tthe NDSU 21. Smith with a catch for 3.

    3rd & 9 at the NDSU 25. Incomplete pass to Smith but UNI has a hands to the face foul to give NDSU a first down.
  14. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the NDSU 40. Jensen up the middle for 1.

    2nd & 9 at the NDSU 41. Ojuri up the middle for 3. Jake Farley appears hurt rather badly on the play.
  15. Kent's Avatar
    The cart is out to carry off Jake Farley right now.
  16. Kent's Avatar
    Back to the game. THis is a huge 3rd down for NDSU of 3rd & 6. at their own 44.
  17. Kent's Avatar
    3rd & 6 at the NDSU 44. Jensen runs on a delay up the middle for a first down.
  18. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the UNI 48. Ojuri sweep for 6.

    2nd & 4 at the UNI 41. Deep pass play and UNI interfers with the receiver to move it forward 15 yards.
  19. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the UNI 26. Jensen keeps on the option and gets 7.

    2nd & 3 at the UNI 19. Ojuri up the midde for the touchdown of 19 yards.

    PAT is good.

    NDSU 24 UNI 23 with 2:52 left in the game.

    NDSU take the lead for the first time in the game.
  20. Kent's Avatar
    Huge drive by the Bison there. Jensen lead the way.

    The NDSU kickoff is returned only to the UNI 17.
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