Zach Vraa caught four passes for 100 yards and a touchdown, and Brock Jensen passed for a career-high 259 yards as No. 1-ranked North Dakota State rolled to a 56-10 win over Ferris State on Saturday, Sept. 7, before a crowd of 18,979 at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
NDSU scored the first 35 points of the game including Vraa's 43-yard touchdown catch from Jensen late in the first quarter that made it 21-0. Ferris State went 75 yards in seven plays and scored its only touchdown on a 19-yard pass from Jason Vander Laan to Dewayne Boston eight seconds before halftime to make it 35-7.
John Crockett scored twice on touchdown runs of seven and five yards, senior fullback Andrew Grothmann scored his first career touchdown on a 4-yard pass from Jensen in the second quarter, and Chase Morlock ran for 39 yards all on a 10-play scoring drive in the fourth quarter that ended with his nine-yard TD run.
Grant Olson led the Bison defense with 14 tackles including one sack, CJ Smith returned an interception 33 yards and Zach Colvin had a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown that provided the final margin of 56-10.
NDSU outgained Ferris State 426-343 in total offense but surrendered 228 yards rushing. Bulldog quarterback Jason Vander Laan, who set a conference record for rushing yards by a QB last year, ran 18 times for 100 yards to lead the ground attack. He was 7 of 14 through the air for 56 yards.
NDSU - 9:49 - TD - Brock Jensen 1 yd RUSH. PAT kick by Adam Keller (Good) - 7-0
NDSU - 3:50 - TD - John Crockett 7 yd RUSH. PAT kick by Adam Keller (Good) - 14-0
NDSU - :29 - TD - Zach Vraa 43 yd PASS from Brock Jensen. PAT kick by Adam Keller (Good) - 21-0
NDSU - 13:30 - TD - John Crockett 5 yd RUSH. PAT kick by Adam Keller (Good) - 28-0
NDSU - 2:41 - TD - A. Grothmann 4 yd PASS from Brock Jensen. PAT kick by Adam Keller (Good) - 35-0
FERRIS - :08 - TD - Dewayne Boston 19 yd PASS from J. Vander Laan. PAT kick by Austin Kantola (Good) - 35-7
FERRIS - 8:07 - FG - Austin Kantola 25 yd - 35-10
NDSU - 2:58 - TD - Sam Ojuri 2 yd RUSH. PAT kick by Adam Keller (Good) - 42-10
NDSU - 5:18 - TD - Chase Morlock 9 yd RUSH. PAT kick by Adam Keller (Good) - 49-10
NDSU - 3:33 - TD - Zach Colvin 44 yd INT - PAT kick by Adam Keller (Good) - 56-10