In a battle of heavyweight contenders, you expect some big punches to be thrown.
Top rated North Dakota State came out swinging when the Bison forced a fumble on Third ranked Youngstown States 31 yard line, on the Penguins first play from scrimmage.
NDSU capitalized when John Crockett ran in from one yard out to give the Bison a 7-0 lead.
It didn't take long for Youngstown State to counter punch and tie the score at 7-7 midway through the first.
Then, the Bison went to the big hitter, and their bag of tricks.
On NDSU's possetion, Crockett took the hand - pivitod - and tosseed it back to quarterback Brock Jensen, flea-flicker style. Jensen then found a wide open Zach Vraa for a 46 yard touchdown to put the Bison up 14-7 after the first quarter.
Round one goes to the Bison.
Marcus Williams threw the biggest punch of the night when he intercepted his 3rd pass of the season on the 2 yard line, then went untouched down the YSU sideline for a 98 yard return and an NDSU 21-7 lead. For Williams, it was his 14th career interception, putting him 2nd on NDSU's all time interception list.
Youngstown State started to stagger, and NDSU picked up some momentum.
Crockett, playing with an injured groin, rushed 40 yards on 6 carries, including his second one yard touchdown of the day.
And, the hits kept coming.
With 1:30 to go before the half, the Bison defense threw an uppercut when Carleton Littlejohn intercepted YSU quarterback Kurt Hess, setting up a Brock Jensen 16 yard rainbow touchdown pass to Ryan Smith, making it 35-7 Bison at halftime.
Second Round, all Bison.
If you could throw in the towel in football, Youngstown State may have done just that.
But, instead, NDSU kept punching.
Adam Keller connected on a career long 49 yard field goal to open the scoring in the 2nd half pushing NDSU's lead to 38-7.
Then, it was Ryan Smith's turn to throw the haymaker. Smith caught a punt on the 24 yard line, then weaved his way back and forth before showing off his speed, returning it 76 yards for the 45-7 Bison lead.
Round 3 dominated by North Dakota State.
With the opponents nearly laying on the Fargdome turf, it was time for the exclamation point.
And that exclamation point was simply a nod to the scoreboard. A 4th quarter field goal by Keller ended the missery for YSU. Final Score: NDSU 48, Youngstown 7.
4th Round, KO Bison. NDSU 5-0 (2-0 MVC).
Notes: NDSU sets a home attendance record with 19,065 in attendance.