Brock Jensen's one yard touchdown run with 28 seconds left capped an 80 yard drive to lift No. 1 ranked North Dakota State to a 24-21 win over defending Big 12 champion Kansas State on Friday, Aug. 30.
It was North Dakota State's fourth straight win over an FBS opponent following wins in 2010 at Kansas, 2011 at Minnesota and 2012 at Colorado State. The Bison are 7-3 against FBS opponents and have won 13 straight away games.
NDSU trailed 21-7 late in the third quarter when Kevin Vaadeland caught a nine yard pass from Jensen to cap a 12 play, 75 yard scoring drive. Adam Keller booted a 41 yard field goal with 12 seconds left in the quarter to close within 21-17.
Kansas State had a 10-play drive stall early in the fourth when Danny Luecke, Carlton Littlejohn had a pair of tackles for loss and Kyle Emanuel forced a punt with a sack on third down.
Jensen connected with Derrick Lang for 11 yards on third and 11 and found Zach Vraa for catches of eight and seven yards on a pair of third downs, the latter taking the Bison to the Kansas State seven yard line.
NDSU called its first timeout of the half to stop the clock with 42 seconds left and Jensen ran for six yards to the 1 on the next play. The Bison called their second timeout with 32 seconds to go and Jensen ran over a defender Into the end zone on the next play for NDSU's first lead since the second quarter.
North Dakota State opened the scoring on a five yard touchdown pass from Brock Jensen to Ryan Smith with 56 seconds left in the first quarter.
Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters completed four straight passes on a 78-play drive in the second quarter capped by a 45-yard strike to Tramaine Thompson that tied the game 7-7 at the 10:13 mark.
Waters connected with Thompson twice more on the opening drive of the third quarter before hitting Tyler Lockett on a 56 yard scoring play just 61 seconds into the period for a 14-7 lead.
Backup quarterback Daniel Sams entered the game after a K-State timeout and promptly scored on a 17-yard keeper to give the Wildcats a 21-7 lead.
NDSU outgained Kansas State 380 to 321 yards including a 215-41 advantage in the rushing game. The Bison were 10 of 17 on third down and held the ball for 36:03 compared to 23:57 for the Wildcats.
Sam Ojuri rushed for 127 yards on 10 carries and Jensen went 21-for-30 for 165 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Jensen was 7-for-7 on the game-winning drive, which ate up eight minutes, 30 seconds.
Colten Heagle led the Bison defense with seven tackles including two stops for loss. Marcus Williams had six tackles and his 19th career interception, and Grant Olson intercepted a pass in the closing seconds to clinch the victory.