The North Dakota State University Bison traveled approximately 245 miles south on Interstate 29 to take on the University of South Dakota Coyotes. The Bison were looking to rebound after a 17-14 home loss to Indiana State the week before while USD was looking for their first Missouri Valley Football Conference win.
Both teams exchanged punts on their opening offensive drives and the Bison "D" held the Coyotes to a three-and-out on their second drive. The Bison offense got it going on with a six play, 59-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a 10-yard run from junior quarterback Brock Jensen.
With a 7-0 lead, the Bison defense again forced a three-and-out. The USD defense was now facing the daunting task of trying to stop a motivated NDSU offense after little rest on the sidelines. NDSU would mount another scoring drive, this one going 62-yards in seven plays. Junior running back Sam Ojuri would punch it in from 11-yards out to give the Bison a 14-0.
The Bison would carry that momentum into the second quarter and again force their third straight three-and-out and follow that up by making USD punt after four plays on their first offensive drive of the second quarter.
The Thundering Herd would benefit from a great punt return by sophomore Christian Dudzik and start their second offensive drive of the second quarter at the Coyotes 24-yard line. Seven plays later, Jensen would run in for his second touchdown from just 2-yards out. The ensuing PAT was blocked, giving NDSU a 20-0 advantage.
The Bison defense would continue to make plays, causing the first turnover of the game on a fumble by senior Will Powell, recovered by sophomore Carlton Littlejohn. On the next play, Jensen would find sophomore Nate Moody for a 32-yard touchdown. Another missed PAT would give the Bison a 26-0 lead.
The Bison got the ball to start the second half and took second half's opening drive 74-yards on 11 plays for another touchdown. This time, Jensen found redshirt freshman Andrew Bonnet for a two yard touchdown, making it a 33-0 lead for the Herd.
At the end of the third quarter, the Bison would add another score after Ojuri ran in for a four yard touchdown score, bringing the score to 40-0. It was a nice ending to a six play, 33-yard drive after the Bison got the ball at the USD 33 because of a muffed punt attempt by senior Cole Zwiefelhofer.
As with most blowouts, the Bison started to bring in their second and third-string players. The backups, however, continued to deliver for the Bison as redshirt freshman Carson Wentz threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to junior Taylor Nelson. The score and ensuing field goal made it 47-0 Bison.
The defense would get into the scoring action when sophomore Josh Vander Maten threw a pick six, returned to the house by sophomore Zach Colvin. This would bring the score up to 54-0, making it the second most points the Bison had scored in a game during the 2012 season.
The Bison would end up winning the game by the final of 54-0, holding USD to 76 total yards and 0-12 on third down conversions. The win moved the Bison to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Coyotes fell to 1-6 overall, 0-4 in the Valley.
NDSU's next game is at home against the Southern Illinois Salukis on Saturday, October 27.