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Battle for the Marker

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No. 3/5-ranked North Dakota State (6-0, 3-0 Valley Football) is scheduled to travel to South Dakota State (2-5, 1-3 Valley Football) for the annual battle for the Dakota Marker at 2:05 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium (Natural Grass/ 15,000) ... The Bison defeated Missouri State 51-21 before a crowd of 18,029 in the Fargodome on Oct. 15, while the Jackrabbits lost to 2nd-ranked UNI 31-14 at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium in Brookings.

TELEVISION: The game will be televised on Midco Sports Network ... Tom Nieman will hande the play-by-play, Hank McCall is the color analyst ... The Bison are 92-55-1 (.622) in television games.

ON THE ROAD: North Dakota State will play on the Valley Football road this week ... NDSU is 2-0 on the road this season ... The Bison have won seven of their last 11 road games ... NDSU was 3-4 on the road in 2010 ... The Bison are 27-20 on the road since head coach Craig Bohl took over 2003 ... NDSU is 6-7 in MVFC road games.

SERIES RECORD: This is the 98th meeting between North Dakota State and South Dakota State in a series that started in 1903 ... NDSU leads the overall series 52-40-5 ... It is the eighth meeting with the Dakota Marker on the line and the Jackrabbits have won 4 of the previous 7 meetings ... The Bison snapped a three-game losing streak to SDSU with a 31-24 win at the Fargodome in 2010 ... NDSU's last win in Brookings came during the 1999 season ... The Bison are 21-27-2 overall at South Dakota State.

 WILLIAMS NAMED VALLEY FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: North Dakota State cornerback Marcus Williams returned the second half kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown in North Dakota State's 51-21 win over Missouri State and was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Special Teams Player of the Week (10-16-11) ... He was also the College Football Performance.com National FCS Kick Returner of the Week ... Williams returned two kickoffs for 113 yards ... It was the first NDSU kickoff for a TD since Mike Sigers went the distance at Eastern Washington in the NCAA playoffs last December ... Williams added one tackle on defense.

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