NDSU smothers Indiana State 56-10

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Brock Jensen threw four touchdown passes and Christian Dudzik returned two punts for touchdowns as No. 1 North Dakota State avenged its only loss from the 2012 season by beating Indiana State 56-10 Saturday.

Jensen completed 13 of 14 passes for 186 yards and added 46 yards rushing and Zach Vraa caught seven balls for 122 yards and two touchdowns for the Bison (8-0, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference).

Indiana State (1-7, 0-4) was limited to 157 total yards and converted just three of 15 third downs as NDSU racked up six sacks and 11 tackles for loss. The Bison, the two-time defending national champions, came into the game ranked first in the FCS in four statistical categories, including total defense (257.9) and third down conversion defense (.250). Ryan Drevlow had a career-high three sacks and Colten Heagle had a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Rob Tonyan Jr. and Kendall Walker combined to complete 4 of 20 passes for 59 yards for the Sycamores.

Returnman Ryan Smith tied an NDSU school record, first set in 1923, with a 100-yard kick return. The Bison are off next week and host Illinois State at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 9.

– Daily News Staff