No letdown as Bison crush Ferris State

FARGO – Following its upset victory over Kansas State on national television last Friday – North Dakota State University football coach Craig Bohl called it “a signature win for our program” – NDSU made sure there was no letdown during its home opener.

The Football Championship Subdivision No. 1 Bison scored the first 35 points en route to a 56-10 blowout against Ferris State (Mich.) on Saturday before 18,979 fans at Gate City Bank Field.

Bison senior quarterback Brock Jensen, the FCS national championship’s most valuable player last season, ran in for a 1-yard score on NDSU’s opening drive and also connected with junior wideout Zach Vraa and senior fullback Andrew Grothmann for passing touchdowns in the first half. Jensen’s 4-yard dump to Grothmann gave the Bison a 35-0 lead.

Junior running back John Crocket rushed for the other two first-half touchdowns on runs of 7 and 5 yards.

Ferris State (0-1) finally got on the scoreboard with a 19-yard strike from Jason Vander Laan to Dewayne Boston just 8 seconds before halftime.

In the second half, the Bulldogs scored once more – a 25-yard, third-quarter field goal by Austin Kantola – before the Bison extended their lead with rushing touchdowns from starting running back Sam Ojuri (2 yards) and his backup, Chase Murlock (9 yards). Second-string defensive back Zach Colvin capped the scoring with a 44-yard interception return with 3:33 remaining in the game.

Although NDSU only outgained Ferris State in total yards 426-343, it forced three turnovers – two interceptions and a fumble recovered – to stifle the Bulldogs’ offense.

Senior linebacker Grant Olson led the Bison with 14 tackles including a sack. Jensen completed 19 of 23 passes for 259 yards and was picked off once.

NDSU, which has won 11 straight games dating back to Oct. 20, 2012, has next week off. Its next game is at home against Delaware State on Sept. 21.

– Daily News Staff