There are few better ways to start a football Saturday than to be sharing your story with ESPN and the entire Nation. It was an exciting week but for the Bison Football team, they had to check that excitement Friday and prepare for a win. Just like any other week.
NDSU won 51-0 over the visiting Delaware State Hornets. A big score over, maybe not the toughest opponent the Bison will see this year, but it was a sound, well played game by the Herd.
"People always say you're tested by your trials but frankly it's the opposite. You're tested more when you're patted on the back a whole lot," Coach Bohl said following Saturday's win. "A lot of it comes down to our players really knowing who they are. What's brought us to this point. And sticking to those principals."
"Our only two loses in the last two years have been in our conference, to team's that have not been to playoffs and at home," Bohl elaborated. "I think that's a pretty clear reminder that we need to stay sharp each week."
The Bison were definitely sharp today; as it was a day for the record books. Senior quarterback Brock Jensen broke the NDSU career record for pass completions today when he exited the game in the second quarter. He now holds the record with 538 completions. He passes Steve Walker, quarterback from 2004-2007, whose record was 535.
The achievement's were mirrored on the other side of the ball as well. Marcus Williams pushes the NDSU record for career interceptions to 20 today when he tallied one in the second quarter. Williams would return the pick for a touchdown and with that he ties the NCAA FCS record with his sixth interception return for touchdown. That record was set in 1996 by Murray State's William Hampton.
None of those are even the cherry on top of this Saturday though. The 51-0 shut out marks the 92nd win for Craig Bohl as NDSU head coach. In his 11th season Bohl surpasses Rocky Hager for the crown and now has a 92-32 record.
Hager coached from 1987-96 with a record of 91-25-1.
Today's accomplishment is something his team is honored to have been a part of.
"It's a heck of an accomplishment right there," senior captain Ryan Smith said after Saturday's game. "To get that last win. No one else deserves it more than him. He's a great guy. A great leader of this team. It's something else."
CRAIG BOHL: "It's a compliment to a whole lot of people," Bohl said when forced to speak on the subject. The humble coach was quick to distribute the credit among his equally loyal co-workers. "[It's the] Administration. Sports staff. Coaches. And players," he summarized.
"I think it's been a positive to be able to stay at a school for 11 years," he added. "That, quite frankly, in today's world, does not happen very often."
Craig Bohl and the NDSU Bison now prepare for Missouri Valley Conference action. They open league play on the road in Brookings, South Dakota next Saturday. The Herd defeated South Dakota State twice last season en route to their second National Championship.