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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
    UNI won the coin flip and and NDSU will get the opening kickoff.

    Marcus Williams returned the opening kickoff but fumbled and UNI takes over a the NDSU 22.

    NDSU stops UNI RB David Johnson twice for just two yards and force an incomplete pass. UNI, however, gets a 37 yard field goal from Tyler Sievertsen.

    UNI 3 NDSU 0 with 13:24 left in the 1st qtr.
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    Williams returns the next UNI kickoff and hangs on to the ball but NDSU will be sent back with a block in the back foul.

    The Bison will start at their own 10.
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    1st & 10 at the NDSU 10. John Crockett with a 3 yard sweep.

    2nd & 7 at the NDSU 13. Pass too high for Ryan Smith from Jensen.

    3rd & 7 at the NDSU 13. Jensen with the scramble up the middle for the first down but there is a pentalty--holding on NDSU.

    3rd & 13 at the NDSU 6. Sam Ojuri catches a short pass but just for 8 yards and NDSU will punt.

    4th & 5 at the NDSU 14. NDSU punts to the UNI 42. UNI will take over there.
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    1st & 10 at the UNI 42. Chad Owens with a short catch from Sawyer Kollmorgan for 2 yards.

    2nd & 8 at the UNI 44. Tyvis Smith with a run up the middle for 4 yards.

    3rd & 4 at the UNI 48. Pass too high and incomplete.

    4th & 4 at the UNI 48. Punt from Logan Bieghler is returned to the NDSU 20 by Christian Dudzik. NDSU will take over there.
  5. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the NDSU 20. False start on NDSU.

    1st & 15 at the NDSU 15. Crockett up the middle for 8.

    2nd & 7 at the NDSU 23. False start again on NDSU.

    2nd & 12 at the NDSU 18. Crockett with a big run for 16 yards.
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    1st & 10 at the NDSU 34. Jensen is sacked for a 5 yard loss.

    2nd & 15 at the NDSU 29. Crockett up the middle for no gain.

    3rd & 15 at the NDSU 29. Derek Lang with a screen catch but gets just 4.

    4th & 11 at the NDSU 33. Punt and punt coverage is good for NDSU. UNI actually loses some yards on the return. UNI will take over at their own 23. We have 6:49 left in the opening qtr.
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    1st & 10 at the UNI 23. Kevin Vereen with at catch for five and David Johnson gets 6 on a carry up the middle for the Panthers first first down.

    1st & 10 at the UNI 34. Huge catch on the play to the NDSU 33.
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    Kollmorgan throws two incompletions and the noise is gettting very load again for this 3rd down play.

    Kollmorgan can't hit again will bring up a 4th down for UNI.
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    Sievertsen hits a 50 yard field goal on the fourth down play.

    UNI 6 NDSU 0 with 5:20 left in the opening qtr.
  10. Kent's Avatar
    Huge points for the Panthers so far to take a little steam out of the Fargodome crowd. However, field goals may not cut it in this game.
  11. Kent's Avatar
    Williams with the kickoff return from the endzone and might have been better to stay there as he gets only out to the NDSU 13.
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    1st & 10 at the NDSU 13. Ojuri with the run for 5.

    2nd & 5 at the NDSU 18. Zach Vraa with the catch for 11.

    1st & 10 at the NDSU 29. Ojuri up the middle and loses a yard by the swarming UNI front.

    2nd & 11 at the NDSU 28. Vraa can't come up with the Jensen pass.

    3rd & 11 at the NDSU 28. Jensen too high for Ryan Smith. And the Bison will punt again.
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    4th & 11 at the NDSU 28. Offsides on UNI. Punt down at the UNI 25.

    4th & 6 at the NDSU 33. NDSU will punt again. This turned out well as NDSU stopped the return at the UNI 14.
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    1st & 10 at the UNI 14. Brion Carnes with the wildcat qb keeper for a loss of 1.

    2nd & 11 at the UNI 13. Johnson up the middl for 6.

    3rd & 5 at the UNI 19. Timeout UNI just before the delay of game flag.
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    3rd & 5 at the UNI 19. Delay of game foul after the time out.

    3rd & 10 at the UNI 14. Pass is complete to Chad Owens but short of the first down. Penalty flag on a holding on UNI and that is declined.

    4th & 3 at the UNI 21. Dudzik fields the punt on the ground at the NDSU 36.
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    1st & 10 at the NDSU 36. Crockett with a screen pass but goes no where, in fact, loses a yard.

    2nd & 11 at the NDSU 35. Crockett up the middle for 5.

    That is the last play of the 1st qtr. Northern Iowa leads 6-0.

    NDSU will have it 3rd & 6 at their own 40 when we start the 2nd qtr.
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    3rd & 6 at the NDSU 40. Jensen can't find anyone and basically throws it away.

    Another punt for NDSU.
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    UNI fair catches the punt at their own 15.

    1st & 10 a the UNI 15. Johnson with a huge run up the middle for a Panther touchdown of 85 yards.

    The PAT is good.

    UNI 13 NDSU 0 with 14:30 left in the 2nd qtr.
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    The UNI kickoff is returned by Williams to the NDSU 22 but there are some late flags. Personal foul on UNI after the play to help NDSU start this drive.
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    1st & 10 at the NDSU 37. Ojuri up the middle for 1.

    2nd & 9 at the NDSU 38. Smith with a nice catch on the sidelines but only a 5 yard gain.

    3rd & 4 at the NDSU 43. Jensen with a designed keeper for 5.
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