North Dakota State Did What?!?!

During my preview for this game, I flirted with the possibility of an upset. I then predicted that Iowa took care of business. However, that was not the case. The Bison took a 7-0 lead into the second quarter, and it was back and forth from that. The Hawkeye passing game tore apart the NDSU secondary for the second quarter, with C.J Beathard racking up two touchdowns through the air. The Bison stormed back in the third quarter, tying the game up 14-14. However, Iowa jumped back into the lead with Beathard’s third touchdown pass of the game. The game remained 21-14 until late in the fourth quarter, when Easton Stick found Chase Morlock for a potentially tying score. However, North Dakota State tried to go for two, a gutsy play call that ended up with the Bison down 1. However, a stand by the Bison defense ended up giving NDSU a huge opportunity. A 27 yard scramble by Stick capitalized on this opportunity and put the Bison in chip shot field goal range, winning the game. NDSU proved that they deserved the win. Their defense and offense came through when it mattered most, instead of jumping out to a fluke lead and then blowing it like most of their FCS competitors playing against FBS teams. Now, why did they win? Aside from outworking the Hawkeyes, they knew how to win and play with a lead. They knew how to manage a game with an FBS opponent and how to play with a lead against a team such as Iowa. Regardless, any FCS team beating NDSU would be almost as big of an upset as this one. The only question is if North Dakota State wants to go FBS, because their FCS program can compete pretty darn well as it is.

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