With Eastern Washington’s passing-rich offense seeking to run the ball more this season, the Eagles got an up-close look at one of the top rushing attacks in the FCS on Saturday.
North Dakota State will take a week off before returning to the Fargodome on September 23 against Robert Morris.
No. 2-ranked North Dakota State rushed for 375 yards and rolled to a 40-13 victory over No. 6-ranked Eastern Washington in a key non-conference football game Saturday, Sept. 9. Last year, when NDSU beat the Eagles 50-44 early in the season, both teams lost in the semifinals.
With a 3-0 lead after the first quarter, Studsrud, a senior from Benilde-St.
Gage Gubrud, who set 18 Eastern Washington records and three FCS marks in passing for more than 5,000 yards past year, was 10 for 30 for 134 yards and two interceptions.
“Offensively we made some plays and stretched the field at times”, Best said. You can’t blame OT for the length of the Eastern Washington game – the overtime session was only three total plays. We’ll find the players we can get our first win with. Easton Stick threw for 157 yards while the Bison defense stymied the Eagles.
Taking a 19-10 lead at the half, the Bison had three straight TD drives for a 40-13 lead.
At Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell, Reilly Hennessey passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats (2-0, 1-0) over the Wolves (0-2, 0-1) in their Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener. “They had the one explosive play that led to a touchdown drive, but other than that they didn’t have explosive plays”.