Bison Face I-AA Montana In Missoula On Saturday





The weekly game release of the North Dakota State University Bison for the game against Montana at Washington Grizzly Stadium in Missoula on September 6.

North Dakota State meets its first NCAA Division I-AA foe in more than 20 years when the Bison journey to Missoula, Montana to face Montana...Both teams are undefeated after opening the season with non-conference victories last weekend...NORTH DAKOTA STATE earned a 28-7 win over Tusculum College of Tennessee in the Fargodome last Saturday...The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Bison dating back to October of last season...NDSU has won 35 of its last 50 games dating back to the final four games of the 1998 season...MONTANA is 1-0 after opening on the road at Maine last weekend with a 30-20 decision...The Grizzlies are coming off an 11-3 season in 2003 but lost three of their final four games to close out the year.

2003 North Dakota State Football Schedule / Results (1-0 overall, 0-0 NCC)
THE SEASON: NORTH DAKOTA STATE goes on the road for the first time this season, facing NCAA Division I-AA foe Montana in Missoula, MT...The Bison opened the season with a 28-7 non-conference home win over Tusculum last week...NDSU will not open North Central Conference play until September 27th against South Dakota State...The win snapped a 4-game losing streak for the Bison dating back to October of last season...NDSU continues to be the most successful grid program in NCAA II history, winning five national playoff championships, appearing in seven national title games in the previous 22 years, and claiming eight national crowns since 1965.
Date Opponent Site Time/Result Rank Quick Notes
A30 TUSCULUM Fargo W, 28-7 --/--/-- Rod Malone runs for 124 yards and 3 TDs; Defense holds
Tusculum to a minus 4 yards rushing
S6 At Montana Missoula 1:05 p.m. --/--/22 NDSU leads series, 2-1, but the teams last met in 1970
S20 CALIF-DAVIS Fargo 7 p.m. UC-D ended a 3-game Bison win streak in the series last season
S27 *SO. DAK. STATE Fargo 7 p.m. SDSU's win last season was just the 3rd over NDSU in last 27 yrs
O4 *At MSU-Mankato Mankato 1 p.m. NDSU has won eight of last nine in this series
O11 *NEB-OMAHA Fargo 1 p.m. The Bison have won the last two meetings in Fargo
O18 *At North Dakota Grand Forks 1 p.m. UND has won nine of last 12 in most played DII rivalry
O25 *At Augustana Sioux Falls 1 p.m. Augustana's win last year was first in Fargo in 40 years
N1 *SOUTH DAKOTA Fargo 1 p.m. Two teams played 4 OT game last year, longest in NDSU history
N8 *At St. Cloud State St. Cloud 1 p.m. SCSU's win last year snapped a 6-game Bison win streak in series
N15 CONC-ST. PAUL Fargo 1 p.m. This is the first meeting between the two teams
Home Game in Capitals *North Central Conference Games Starting times are local times
Rank (NDSU's rank in 3 weekly national polls--AFCACoachesPoll/D2football.com/FootballGazette)

BISON HEAD COACH CRAIG BOHL
North Dakota State head coach CRAIG BOHL is in his first season at the helm of the Bison with a 1-0 mark to date...He is 0-0 in North Central Conference play...Bohl came to NDSU in 2003 from the University of Nebraska where he was an assistant coach for eight seasons including defensive coordinator over the final three years...He was an assistant at North Dakota State, Tulsa, Wisconsin, Rice, and Duke prior to Nebraska...He played his college ball at Nebraska (1977-79)

Here is Bohl's record at NDSU:
Yr. All NCC Notes
2003 1-0 0-0 ----

NORTH DAKOTA STATE TWO-DEEP ROSTER
OFFENSE
TE 89 Mike Wieser 6-4 238 Sr. LaCrescent, MN
85 Andy DelaBarre 6-2 1/2 246 So. Minot, ND
LT 76 Nick Zilka 6-5 300 Jr. Bloomington, MN
70 Dave Adams 6-5 1/2 280 Fr. St. Cloud, MN
LG 75 Justin Monson 6-4 289 So. Gardner, ND
78 Jake Erickson 6-2 1/2 287 Fr. Brooklyn Park, MN
C 53 Rob Hunt 6-3 1/2 282 Jr. Cavalier, ND
62 Hugh Medal 6-1 271 So. Grand Forks, ND
RG 52 Mark Sanders 6-2 1/2 290 Jr. Fargo, ND
73 Justin Buckwalter 6-4 321 Fr. Lake Preston, SD
RT 69 Tim Popowski 6-1 1/2 305 So. Brookings, SD
74 Adam Tadisch 6-5 1/2 323 Fr. Wausaukee, WI
WR 87 Elliott Belquist 5-11 1/2 186 Sr. New Rockford, ND
6 Marques Johnson 5-8 157 So. Milwaukee, WI
QB 9 Tony Stauss 6-0 1/2 207 Jr. Racine, WI
11 Jason Jordon 5-11 210 Sr. Afton, MN
WR 1 Allen Burrell 5-9 1/2 172 Jr. Aurora, CO
15 Travis White 5-10 1/2 172 So. Cedar, MN
FB 14 Ryan Simmers 5-8 214 Sr. Fargo, ND
45 Johnny Frank 6-0 1/2 237 Jr. Wabasso, MN -or-
7 Darrin O'Leary 6-0 229 Sr. Fargo, ND
HB 17 Rod Malone 6-1 1/2 211 Sr. St. Paul, MN
23 Kyle Steffes 5-11 199 Fr. Dickinson, ND

DEFENSE
DE 91 Jamel Thomas 6-3 249 Sr. Eden Prairie, MN
57 Tim Kraemer 6-1 237 So. Cold Spring, MN -or-
54 Clint Schilke 6-2 227 Fr. Beulah, ND
NT 98 Dwight Summerville 6-2 282 Jr. Grenada, MS
99 Matt Skoy 6-0 1/2 265 Fr. Minneapolis, MN
NG 59 Isaac Snell 6-5 1/2 274 Jr. Pipestone, MN
95 Mark Haffeman 6-1 275 Sr. Spring Lake Park, MN
DE 35 Jordan Graff 6-0 261 Sr. Spirit Lake, IA
50 Travis Ware 5-11 1/2 256 Jr. Batesville, MS
LB 32 Brian Erenberg 6-2 225 Jr. West Fargo, ND
42 Alex Kingsley 6-0 204 Fr. Fargo, ND
LB 46 Josh Mock 6-1 235 Sr. Mukwonago, WI
48 Rob Mamula 5-10 1/2 224 Jr. West Linn, OR
LB 33 Jayd Kittelson 5-10 219 So. Velva, ND
25 Brian Turner 6-0 198 Sr. Carrington, ND
CB 18 Matt Gorman 5-11 178 Jr. Marshfield, WI
27 Scott Walter 5-8 1/2 171 So. Wahpeton, ND
CB 2 Bobby Babich 5-10 1/2 180 So. Fargo, ND
31 Frank Irby 5-10 185 Jr. Tampa, FL
SS 8 Mike Sheppard 5-9 1/2 196 Sr. Brown Deer, WI
44 Cody Kittelson 5-11 182 So. Velva, ND -or-
20 Craig Dahl 6-1 209 Fr. Madison Lake, MN
FS 13 Jared Essler 5-11 1/2 188 Jr. Minot, ND
24 Kyle Ihry 5-9 171 Jr. Reynolds, ND

SPECIALISTS
P 38 John Bonicelli 6-3 1/2 207 Sr. Dickinson, ND
K 1 Cory Vartanian 5-7 1/2 168 So. Racine, WI
LS 51 Allan Woodstrom 6-2 221 So. Minneapolis, MN
Hold 38 John Bonicelli 6-3 1/2 207 Sr. Dickinson, ND
PR 1 Allen Burrell 5-9 1/2 172 Jr. Aurora, CO
18 Matt Gorman 5-11 178 Jr. Marshfield, WI
KOR 1 Allen Burrell 5-9 1/2 172 Jr. Aurora, CO
31 Frank Irby 5-10 185 Jr. Tampa, FL

THE MONTANA SEASON
MONTANA won its 2003 season opener at Maine last Saturday by a 30-20 score...The Grizzlies are coming off an 11-3 season of a year ago...Montana opened with a 10-0 mark but lost three of the final four.

Montana (1-0, 0-0 BSC)
Aug. 30 At Maine W, 30-20
Sept. 6 NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Sept. 13 SAM HOUSTON STATE
Sept. 20 Open Date
Sept. 27 IDAHO
Oct. 4 CAL POLY-SLO
Oct. 11 *WEBER STATE
Oct. 18 *At Idaho State
Oct. 25 *PORTLAND STATE
Nov. 1 *At Northern Arizona
Nov. 8 *At Cal State-Sacramento
Nov. 15 *EASTERN WASHINGTON
Nov. 22 *At Montana State
Home Games in ALL CAPS
*Big Sky Conference Games

MONTANA HEAD COACH BOBBY HAUCK
University of Montana head coach BOBBY HAUCK is in his first season at the helm of the Grizzlies with a record of 1-0 to date...He was an assistant coach at Washington for the past four seasons (1999-2002)...Hauck has also served as an assistant at Montana, UCLA, Northern Arizona, and Colorado...He is a 1988 graduate of Montana.

MONTANA TWO-DEEP ROSTER
OFFENSE
WR 2 Jon Talmage 6-4 195 So. Anaheim Hills, CA
83 Dane Oliver 5-8 155 Sr. Monmouth, OR
WR 30 Tate Hancock 5-10 170 Jr. Salina, KS
8 Jefferson Heidelberger 5-10 165 Jr. Nevada City, CA
LT 72 Dylan McFarland 6-6 295 Sr. Kalispell, MT
73 Jeff Marshall 6-5 260 Fr. Newport Beach, CA
LG 76 Brad Rhoades 6-5 265 So. Bellingham, WA
73 Jeff Marshall 6-5 260 Fr. Newport Beach, CA
C 62 Derek Decker 6-5 295 Sr. Ballantine, MT
66 Jay Green 6-3 285 Jr. Glasgow, MT
RG 77 Jon Skinner 6-6 310 Sr. Dillon, MT
68 Jason Frink 6-4 260 Fr. Post Falls, ID
RT 75 Cory Procter 6-5 295 Jr. Gig Harbor, WA
69 Chris Orwig 6-5 260 So. Shawnee Mission, KS
TE 87 Willie Walden 6-7 275 Jr. Vancouver, WA
48 Ben Winn 6-4 225 So. Darby, MT
QB 5 Jeff Disney 6-1 198 Jr. Glendora, CA
3 Justin Hartman 6-1 190 Fr. Great Falls, MT
RB 20 J.R. Waller 5-9 197 Fr. Portland, OR
33 Justin Green 6-0 225 Jr. San Diego, CA
FB 34 Brad Weston 6-1 225 Sr. Hamilton, MT
45 Colt Palmer 6-1 230 Jr. Omaha, NE

DEFENSE
DE 96 Lance Spencer 6-4 230 So. Malta, MT
90 Mike Murphy 6-3 220 Fr. Great Falls, MT
DT 55 Jonny Varona 6-3 280 Jr. Medical Lake, WA
95 John Cahill 6-2 270 Jr. Billings, MT
NT 42 Blake Horgan 6-3 275 Jr. Spokane, WA
99 Alan Saenz 6-2 285 So. Newport Beach, CA
DE 91 Tim Bush 6-3 245 Sr. Kellogg, ID
54 Chris Connors 6-2 232 Sr. Butte, MT
MLB 53 Joel Robinson 5-11 230 Sr. Kalispell, MT
52 Nick Vella 6-2 230 Jr. Castro Valley, CA
WLB 6 Andy Thompson 6-3 220 Jr. Walla Walla, WA
50 Adam Hoge 5-11 215 Jr. Bozeman, MT
SLB 12 Brent Meyers 6-1 200 Sr. Missoula, MT
47 Shane MacIntrye 6-3 222 So. Helena, MT
CB 11 Vernon Smith 6-1 175 Sr. San Diego, CA
13 Tuff Harris 6-0 185 Fr. Colstrip, MT
CB 36 Chris Polhemus 6-2 195 So. Missoula, MT
19 Jason Dellaselva 5-10 200 Sr. Chesire, CN
SS 4 Dave DeCoite 6-1 203 Sr. Truckee, CA
27 Matt Lebsock 5-11 185 Fr. Billings, MT
FS 31 Tyler Thomas 6-0 190 So. Dillon, MT
23 Kevin Edwards 6-2 195 So. Spokane, WA

SPECIALISTS
P 26 Tyson Johnson 6-2 185 Fr. Stevensville, MT
K 29 Chris Snyder 6-0 204 Sr. Spokane, WA
Hold 83 Dane Oliver 5-8 155 Sr. Monmouth, OR
LS 45 Colt Palmer 6-1 230 Jr. Omaha, NE
PR 1 Levander Segars 5-9 170 Jr. Colorado Springs, CO
8 Jefferson Heidelberger 5-10 165 Jr. Nevada City, CA
KOR 1 Levander Segars 5-9 170 Jr. Colorado Springs, CO
8 Jefferson Heidelberger 5-10 165 Jr. Nevada City, CA

STATISTICAL COMPARISONS:
North Dakota State Montana
OFFENSIVE WEIGHTS
Avg. Wt. Off. Line 293 292
Avg. Wt. Receivers 199 213
Avg. Wt. Backs 211 207

DEFENSIVE WEIGHTS
Avg. Wt. Def. Line 267 258
Avg. Wt. LBers 226 217
Avg. Wt. Backs 186 191

OFFENSIVE YARDAGE (Averages for both teams based on 1-game statistics)
Yds. Per Game Rushing 162.0 49.0
Yds. Per Game Passing 165.0 169.0
Yds. Per Game Tot. Off. 327.0 218.0
Points Per Game 28.0 30.0

DEFENSIVE YARDAGE (Averages for both teams based on 1-game statistics)
Yds. Per Game Rushing -4.0 95.0
Yds. Per Game Passing 279.0 188.0
Yds. Per Game Tot. Def. 275.0 283.0
Points Per Game 7.0 20.0

North Dakota State Montana
TURNOVERS (Figures for both teams based on 1-game statistics)
Fumbles Gained 0 3
Interceptions Gained 1 1
Total Turnovers Gained 1 4

Fumbles Lost 1 2
Interceptions Lost 0 1
Total Turnovers Lost 1 3

Net Gain/Lost Even Plus 1

NDSU Statistical Leaders (Statistics current for 1 game)
Rushing
Rod Malone (16 att. for 124 yds., 7.8 ypc, 3 TDs, 35 long)
Kyle Steffes (14 att. for 66 yds., 4.7 ypc, 0 TDs, 10 long)
Tony Stauss (4 att. for -28 yds., -7.0 ypc, 0 TDs, 0 long)
Passing
Tony Stauss (22-30, 0 intcpts, 165 yds., 1 TD)
Receiving
Allen Burrell (7 for 43 yds., 6.1 ypr, 0 TDs, 12 long)
Andy DelaBarre (4 for 38 yds., 9.5 ypr, 1 TD, 26 long)
Elliott Belquist (3 for 25 yds., 8.3 ypr, 0 TDs, 15 long)
Punting
John Bonicelli (7 for a 44.9 ypk average, 53 long)
Placekicking
Cory Vartanian (4-4 PATs, 0-2 FGs, 0 long)

Montana Statistical Leaders (Statistics current for 1 game)
Rushing
Justin Green (12 att. for 26 yds., 2.2 ypc, 0 TDs, 7 long)
J.R. Waller (11 att. for 25 yds., 2.3 ypc, 0 TDs, 9 long)
Jefferson Heidelberger (1 att. for 9 yds., 9.0 ypc, 0 TDs, 9 long)
Passing
Jeff Disney (17-30, 1 intcpt, 152 yds., 1 TD)
Receiving
Dane Oliver (5 for 35 yds., 7.0 ypr, 0 TDs, 12 long)
Jefferson Heidelberger (4 for 8 yds., 2.0 ypr, 0 TDs, 4 long)
Jon Talmage (3 for 53 yds., 17.7 ypr, 1 TD, 25 long)
Tate Hancock (3 for 23 yds., 7.7 ypr, 0 TDs, 10 long)
Punting
Tyson Johnson (7 for a 37.6 ypk average, 53 long)
Placekicking
Chris Snyder (3-3 PATs, 1-1 FGs, 27 long)

TRAVEL PLANS: North Dakota State will depart via charter airline on Friday for Missoula, MT...The Bison will headquarter at the Best Inn & Suites South in Missoula...NDSU is scheduled for a light workout on Friday in Missoula...NDSU will return home via charter airline immediately following the game on Saturday.

THE SERIES: This will be the fourth meeting between North Dakota State and Montana with the Bison holding a 2-1 advantage...However, the two teams have not met in more than 30 years...The Bison have won the last two meetings and both were bowl game affairs...NDSU posted 30-3 and 31-16 wins over the Grizzlies in 1969 and 1970 respectively in the Camelia Bowl in Sacramento, California when both schools were classified as NCAA College Division teams...NDSU won the national championship in 1969 and finished second in the nation in 1970 after downing the Grizzlies in those two games...The series began in 1914 in Missoula with a 13-0 Montana victory.

LAST MEETING: North Dakota State made it two-in-a-row over the University of Montana in Camellia Bowl action by whipping the Grizzlies 31-16 to cap another undefeated season in December of 1970.

The Bison defeated Montana 30-3 in 1969 Camellia Bowl and extended its streak to five wins in six bowl games during a 7-year span. This time, the Bison took advantage of five lost Grizzly fumbles and the expertise of quarterback Mike Bentson. Bentson totalled 208 yards in total offense and scored three TDs.

His TD runs came on bursts of 4, 1 and 5 yards. Dennis Preboski tallied from five yards out and Jim Twardy booted a 34-yard field goal. NDSU rolled up a 28-3 margin in the second period and was never seriously threatened.

INJURIES: NORTH DAKOTA STATE came through fall camp with just one major injury...Junior backup wide receiver TIM ERICKSON went down with a knee injury in the final scrimmage of the fall camp and will be lost for the season...The Bison lost six starters including three for the season and a total of 14 players including 10 for the season during the 2002 season:
Name Pos. When Injured Injury Status
Tim Erickson WR Fall Camp Knee OutSeason
Starters in Bold Face

MONTANA did not issue an injury report...However, junior tight end WILLIE WALDEN is expected to play against the Bison after missing the Maine game due to a summer school grade snafu...Walden is listed as the starter...Returning starting tight end from a year ago, CONOR MOLLOY, missed the opener with an injury and is not listed on the depth chart again this week.

BISON TRADITION: North Dakota State has a number of notable items going for itself despite a rare losing season in 2002...Here is a look:
...The Bison are 207-56-2 over the last 265 games (including regular and post-season play)
...The Bison have won 180 of their last 227 regular season games (180-45-2)
...NDSU has won 153 of its last 196 North Central Conference games (153-41-2)
...NDSU has won 98 of its last 132 North Central Conference games (98-33-1)
...NDSU has posted 37 winning seasons in the last 39 years...Beginning with the 1964 season, only the 1975 and 2002 teams have suffered a losing record...The Bison have won 23 NCC championships in the last 39 years.

WINNING SEASONS STREAK SNAPPED: North Dakota State's string of 26 straight winning seasons has been snapped...The 2-8 season in 2002 was the first for the Bison since 1975...The Bison were 2-7 in 1975...NDSU has had winning seasons in 37 of the last 39 seasons.

BISON CAPTAINS: North Dakota State elected four captains for the 2003 season...They include a pair of juniors in quarterback TONY STAUSS and offensive center ROB HUNT...Senior linebacker JOSH MOCK and senior strong safety MIKE SHEPPARD round out the team captains.

AT HOME: North Dakota State lost four games at home in a season in 2002 for only the second time over the last 39 years...NDSU had a 22-game home field winning streak snapped during the 2002 season...That streak stretched over five seasons dating back to 1998 through the 2002 season opener and was snapped by Augustana early in the 2002 season...NDSU has had great success at home over the years...NDSU played at the storied Dacotah Field for 40-plus seasons before moving into the Fargodome in 1993...The Bison have won 50 of the 61 games they have played in the Fargodome...NDSU is 92-13-2 in the last 107 games at home...The Bison are 124-16-2 over their last 141 games at home, losing only to Mankato State (three times--28-21 in 1984, 28-22 in 1987, and 27-7 in 1991), Grand Valley State (21-17 in 1991), St. Cloud State (twice--23-21 in 1992 and 31-7 in 2002) North Dakota (four times--34-13 in 1994, 33-19 in 1996, 39-25 in 1998, & 12-6 in 2002), Nebraska-Omaha (twice--24-21 in 1996 & 27-21 in 1997), Emporia State (23-21 in 1998), Northern Colorado (twice--29-19 in 1998 & 29-7 in 2002), and Augustana (23-6 in 2002)...That dates back to the opening game of the 1980 season (when Northern Michigan won 10-0 over the Herd)...The Bison are an incredible 194-25-3 at home over the last 40 years...Here is a look at NDSU at home since 1976:

1976 5 1 0 1985 4 0 1 1994 5 1 0 2003 1 0 0
1977 5 1 0 1986 7 0 0 1995 6 0 0
1978 5 1 0 1987 4 1 0 1996 4 2 0
1979 5 1 0 1988 8 0 0 1997 5 1 0
1980 4 1 0 1989 6 0 1 1998 4 3 0
1981 5 0 0 1990 8 0 0 1999 6 0 0
1982 7 0 0 1991 4 2 0 2000 7 0 0
1983 6 0 0 1992 5 1 0 2001 5 0 0
1984 6 1 0 1993 5 0 0 2002 2 4 0

THE ROAD: Despite a recent slump that has found the Bison losing seven games on the road over the last two years, NDSU has played very well on the road in recent years...NDSU has won 43 of the last 69 road games...NDSU is now 90-42 on the road since 1980...It's even better since 1982 with the Bison going 83-36 over that span...NDSU was 6-0 on the road in 1986, 1988 and 1990...Here is a look at NDSU on the road since 1980:


1980 2 3 1987 3 3 1994 4 2 2001 2 3
1981 5 3 1988 6 0 1995 4 3 2002 0 4
1982 5 1 1989 2 3 1996 2 2 2003 0 0
1983 6 1 1990 6 0 1997 4 1
1984 5 1 1991 3 1 1998 3 1
1985 7 2 1992 5 1 1999 3 2
1986 6 0 1993 2 3 2000 5 2

MORE TRADITION: North Dakota State has perhaps the most successful college football program over the last 40 years...Over that time, NDSU is 340-93-3 (a winning percentage of .783)...The Bison have won 10 or more games 11 times in the last 22 seasons...NDSU is 202-54-2 (.787) since 1981...(10-3, 12-1, 12-1, 11-2, 11-2-1, 13-0, 6-4, 14-0, 8-3-1, 14-0, 7-3, 10-2, 7-3, 9-3, 10-3, 6-4, 9-3, 7-4, 9-2, 12-2, 7-3, 2-8 in 2002, and 1-0 in 2003).

NON-CONFERENCE GAMES: North Dakota State is 17-2 in non-conference regular-season games (not counting playoff action) over the past 12 years...The Bison are 27-4 in non-conference regular season games over the past 22 years.

SEASON OPENING GAMES: North Dakota State has won 14 of the last 16 season-openers and is 32-7-1 over the last 40 season openers after the 28-7 win over Tusculum in 2003...NDSU is 71-29-7 in 107 season-opening games...The only season-opening losses in the last 16 years came to Grand Valley State in 1991 and Emporia State in 1998...The Bison have opened the season at home for 16 straight years...The last time the Bison opened the season on the road was in 1987 at Northern Michigan (a 10-6 loss).

HOME OPENERS: North Dakota State has won 21 of its last 23 home openers and is 36-3-1 in the last 40 home openers including the 28-7 win over Tusculum in 2003.

STARTING EXPERIENCE: North Dakota State has a number of players with starting experience to call on in 2003...32 players (18 on offense, 12 on defense, 2 kickers) now have at least some starting experience...Just one player has 20 or more starts--offensive center Rob Hunt (21)--and only 14 players have 10 or more starts.

Offensive Starters '00 '01 '02 '03 Total
Rob Hunt C -- 10 10 1 21
Mark Sanders, OG -- 1 10 1 12
Justin Monson, OG -- 0 -- 1 1
Tim Popowski, OT -- -- 5 1 6
Nick Zilka, OT -- 0 10 1 11
Mike Wieser, TE 0 0 10 1 11
Jason Jordan, QB 1 1 0 0 2
Travis White, WR -- -- 3 0 3
Chuck Wiest, WR -- 3 9 0 12
Marques Johnson, WR -- -- 1 0 1
Elliott Belquist, WR 0 0 5 1 6
Allen Burrell, WR -- 0* 6* 1 7
Tony Stauss, QB -- 0* 3* 1 4
Ryan Simmers, FB 0 0 9 0 9
Johnny Frank, FB -- 1 1 0 1
Keontay Jackson, HB 0 -- 3 0 3
Rod Malone, HB -- -- 6 1 7
Darrin O'Leary, FB 0 0 1 1 2

Defensive Starters
Jordan Graff, DE 0 1 10 1 12
Jamel Thomas, DE 0 0 10 1 11
Isaac Snell, NG -- 0 2 1 3
Dwight Summerville, DT -- -- -- 1 1
Josh Mock, LB 0 0 10 1 11
Brian Erenberg, LB 0 0 1 1 2
Jayd Kittelson, LB -- -- 9 1 10
Matt Gorman, CB -- 7 10 1 18
Bobby Babich, CB -- -- 0 1 1
Mike Sheppard, SS 0 0 9 1 10
Cody Kittelson, SS -- -- 1 0 1
Jared Essler, FS -- 2 10 1 13

Kickers
John Bonicelli, P 0 0 10 1 11
Cory Vartanian, K -- -- 10 1 11
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A Look At The Bison Numbers . . . . .

...SCORING DRIVES: North Dakota State has the ability to be a quick-strike offense in 2003...The Bison have four scoring drives with two of those taking five plays or less.
Scoring Total Total
Game Drives Time Avg. Plays Avg. 5 & Under 1-Play
TC 4 7:15 1:49 21 5 2 1
UM
UC-D
SDSU
MSUM
UN-O
UND
AC
USD
SCSU
CU-SP
Season 4 7:15 1:49 21 5 2 1
*Includes scoring drives in overtime when no clock was run
**Average based on regular drives only

...LONG PLAYS (25 yards or more, 30 or more on KO returns): North Dakota State has turned in four plays of 25 or more yards in the 2003 season...Bison opponents have turned in two long plays.
Bison Long Plays Opponent Long Plays
Rush Pass Ret Total Rush Pass Ret Total
TC 2 1 1 4 0 1 1 2
UM
UC-D
SDSU
MSUM
UN-O
UND
AC
USD
SCSU
CU-SP
Season 2 1 1 4 0 1 1 2

...IN THE RED ZONE: North Dakota State is very efficient in the Red Zone (inside the opponents 20-yard line) in 2003...The Bison are 1.000 for the 2003 season (4 of 4).
Scores Inside The 20 No Scores Inside The 20 End Success
Game Chances Scores TDs FGs Miss FGs TOs Downs Half Pct.
TC 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
UM
UC-D
SDSU
MSUM
UN-O
UND
AC
USD
SCSU
CU-SP
Season 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 1.000

...QB DRIVE EFFICIENCY *Total Drives Begun & Completed as QB: North Dakota State has put points on the board on four of 15 drives in 2003, including four touchdowns and no field goals...Quarterback Tony Stauss is four of 15.
QB Drives* Scores TDs FG-FGA Eff. Red Zone
Stauss 15 4 4 0-0 .267 4-4
Jordan 0 0 0 0-0 .000 0-0
Combined 15 4 4 0-0 .267 4-4
Totals 15 4 4 0-0 .267 4-4

...POINTS OFF TURNOVERS: North Dakota State has come up with one turnover in the 2003 season but the Bison failed to convert that into a score.
TOs Scores.................
Game Gained* TD FG-FGA Safety Pts.
TC 1 0 0-0 0 0
UM
UC-D
SDSU
MSUM
UN-O
UND
AC
USD
SCSU
CU-SP
Season 1 0 0-0 0 0

..INSIDE THE 20/10: North Dakota State punter JOHN BONICELLI is averaging 44.9 yards per kick this season but more importantly has been able to nail three kicks inside the opponent 20 yard line including one inside the 10...Here are the stats for his ability to keep opponents pinned inside the 20 and inside the 10 with his leg this year:
Game Punts Avg/Punt Inside 20 Inside 10
TC 7 44.9 3 1
UM
UC-D
SDSU
MSUM
UN-O
UND
AC
USD
SCSU
CU-SP
Season 7 44.9 3 1

MIXED BAG FOR ROOKIE COACHES: North Dakota State rookie coaches have had mixed success in their opening games at the helm of the Bison...The chart reads 6-3 since the resurgence of Bison football in the early 1960s...Here is a look that those initial games for eight previous coaches over that span:

1963 DARRELL MUDRA Vs. Moorhead State L, 31-14
1966 RON ERHARDT At Wisconsin-Milwaukee W, 46-6
1973 EV KJELBERTSON At Mankato State W, 33-17
1976 JIM WACKER At Northern Michigan L, 14-9
1979 DON MORTON Vs. Weber State W, 11-10
1985 EARLE SOLOMONSON At Northern Michigan W, 26-10
1987 ROCKY HAGER At Northern Michigan L, 10-6
1997 BOB BABICH Vs. West Georgia W, 31-14
2003 CRAIG BOHL Vs. Tusculum W, 28-7

Dating back to the beginning of Bison football, rookie coaches are 18-9-2 in their initial games as the head coach of the Thundering Herd.

QUARTERBACK DEBUT: North Dakota State junior quarterback TONY STAUSS made his debut at the controls of the Bison offense a good one...The Racine, WI product, who started three games last season for the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big 10 conference, directed the Bison to four scoring drives in the opener against Tusculum on Saturday...Stauss completed 22 of 30 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown in the air.

FINAL SEASON: The 2003 campaign will mark the final year in NCAA Division II ranks for North Dakota State...It will also be the final year for the Herd in the North Central Conference...A charter member of the league back in 1922, NDSU will move to the NCAA Division I ranks next season (I-AA in football)...The Bison have one of the greatest success stories in Divison II history, winning eight national championships over the years...The Bison won NCAA College Division titles in 1965, 1968, and 1969 via the wire services and then won five NCAA Division II titles through the playoff system from 1983 to 1990 (1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990) and were runnerups two other times (1981, 1984)...The Bison have won 26 conference football titles, the most in the history of the league...NDSU's last title came in 1994.

THIRD TIME OVER 100: North Dakota State senior halfback ROD MALONE looked sharp in running for 124 yards on 16 carries and scoring three times in the season-opening win over Tusculum...Malone ripped off runs of 30 and 35 yards and scored on runs of one, 14, and nine yards...Malone averaged 7.8 yards per carry in the game...The 100-yard performance for Malone is the third of his career at NDSU...He ran for 149 yards against Winona State and 185 yards against South Dakota in 2002.

NEGATIVE YARDS: North Dakota State's defense held Tusculum's running game to a minus four yards in the game...It was the first time the Bison had held an opponent to negative yards rushing since NDSU limited Angelo State to minus nine yards in the 2001 season opener, 20 games ago.

FIRST DIVISION I-AA FOE IN 21 YEARS: Montana will be the first Division I-AA foe for the Bison in 21 years...NDSU was scheduled to face I-AA foe Maine two years ago in 2001 but that game was cancelled due to the September 11th national tragedies in New York City, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania...The last test with a I-AA foe was a 12-7 home win against Northern Iowa in 1982.

OUTSTANDING TRADITIONS: Montana has been the power in Division I-AA football in recent years...The Grizzlies have won a pair of national championships (1995 and 2001)...Montana has appeared in the I-AA national title game four times in the past eight years, falling in the national title game in both 1996 and 2000...UM has appeared in the Division I-AA playoffs 10 consecutive years entering this season.

That stacks up very similar to the North Dakota State program that appeared in the NCAA Division II national playoffs six consecutive years from 1981 to 1986, 11 of 12 years from 1981 to 1992, and 14 of 17 seasons from 1981 to 1997...Over that span, NDSU won five national championships, finished second twice, and reached the semifinals one other time...NDSU added another semifinal appearance in 2000.

FAVORED: Montana is the favorite to capture the Big Sky championship in 2003...The Grizzlies took 26 of the 33 first place votes in the media poll and four of the eight first place votes in the coaches poll.

RANKED HIGH: Montana was ranked fourth in the Division I-AA pre-season football poll behind McNeese State, Georgia Southern and Western Illinois.

QUARTERBACK: Montana forte is the pass and the Grizzlies will do it with junior JC transfer Jeff Disney...Disney got his first start last week, completing 17 of 30 passes for 152 yards and one TD...Disney was in a heated battle with Colorado transfer Craig Ochs entering fall camp but Ochs suffered an ankle injury in fall camp and is not listed on the two-deep.

AROUND THE NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE
CURRENT 2003 North Central Conference Standings
Conference Overall
W L For Agst W L For Agst
NORTH DAKOTA STATE 0 0 0 0 1 0 28 7
St. Cloud State 0 0 0 0 1 0 66 7
Nebraska-Omaha 0 0 0 0 1 0 32 24
Augustana College 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Dakota State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
North Dakota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Dakota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Minnesota State-Mankato 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 12

Games Last Week
Bemidji State 12, Minnesota State-Mankato 10
St. Cloud State 66, Minnesota-Crookston 7
Nebraska-Omaha 32, Nebraska-Kearney 24
NORTH DAKOTA STATE 28, Tusculum 7

Game Thursday
St. Cloud State at Western Washington, 7 p.m.

Games Saturday
Nebraska-Omaha at Indiana (PA), 12 noon
Concordia-St. Paul at South Dakota, 1 p.m.
Minnesota-Duluth at Minnesota State-Mankato, 1 p.m.
Minnesota-Crookston at North Dakota, 1 p.m.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE at Montana, 1:05 p.m.
Augustana at Northern State, 7 p.m.
NW Missouri State at South Dakota State, 7 p.m.
*North Central Conference Games
 

 

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