NDSU defeats Youngstown St.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) – Brock Jensen’s record-setting day included two touchdown passes to Kevin Vaadeland as top-ranked North Dakota State defeated Youngstown State 35-17 on Saturday.
The Bison (10-0, 7-0 MVFC) clinched their third straight Missouri Valley Football Conference championship and extended their winning streak to 19 games. They have won 16 straight games on the road including title games and neutral sites.
Jensen ran for a score and his four passing touchdowns give him the school record of 24 in a single season and 62 for a career. Jensen also tied Appalachian State’s Armanti Edwards for the FCS win record of 43.
“It means a lot,” said Jensen, who was 17-for-22 for 200 yards. “That’s very humbling. I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Jensen tossed TD passes of 3 and 12 yards to Vaadeland, a 3-yarder to Andrew Bonnet and a 10-yard strike to Ryan Smith. He also ran for a 1-yard TD.
“Brock was throwing a great ball today,” Vaadeland said. “He had four touchdowns. You can’t do much better than that.”
The Penguins (8-3, 5-2 MVFC) struck first, marching 80 yards in 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead on Andre Stubbs’ 6-yard TD pass from Kurt Hess with 8:17 left in the first quarter. Hess was hurt and missed most of the game and backup quarterback Dante Nania also was injured.
NDSU led 17-0 at the half and the second half got off to a good start for the Bison when they forced a fumble on Youngtown State’s second play of the half. Nania was hurt on the play and the Penguins went back to starter Kurt Hess, who played on a bad ankle for one series, then third-stringer Tanner Gary stepped in.
“We worked our tails off and just had some misfortune. . Had a couple quarterbacks hurt,” Youngstown State coach Eric Wolford said. “Those other guys stepped in and showed some signs of life. I felt bad that we didn’t get a chance to make a run at these boys with Kurt Hess in the game.”
Hess was 4-of-9 for 53 yards before he was hurt.
Sam, Ojuri had 146 yards rushing and John Crockett 120 for NDSU. Zach Vraa had seven catches for 101 yards.
NDSU took control on two third-quarter TD passes to Vaadeland.
“It wasn’t the cleanest of games, but we stuck together as a team like we always do. It just feels really good right now,” Jensen said. “This was a really, really gratifying win. This was a huge game, everything on the line. You got to love that as a player. We’re not done yet.”
Gary threw for 48 yards, including a 24-yard TD late in the third quarter.