Bison outlast Northern Iowa, win first road game of 2018

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (NDSU Athletics) -- No.1-ranked North Dakota State scored four fourth-quarter touchdowns to put away 22nd-ranked Northern Iowa 56-31 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Bruce Anderson caught a 75-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to put NDSU ahead for good 35-31, and Easton Stick added touchdown runs of 1 and 31 yards to put the game out of reach.

Stick passed for four touchdowns and the Bison rushed for 344 yards to improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the MVFC. Northern Iowa dipped to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

UNI jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter highlighted by tight end Briley Moore’s 64-yard TD reception on the third play of the game. Marcus Weymiller’s 8-yard TD run on the next drive capped a nine-play, 92-yard drive.

The Bison came back to tie it 14-14 with a 20-yard TD catch by Darrius Shepherd and a 3-yard TD run by Lance Dunn early in the second quarter. Shepherd added a 22-yard scoring catch midway through the third quarter to give NDSU its first lead, 28-24.

Anderson rushed for 170 yards and Dunn finished with 104 yards on the ground to give NDSU dual 100-yard rushers for the first time this season. The Bison averaged 7.2 yards per carry.

Dan Marlette made nine tackles and Jabril Cox and Robbie Grimsley had eight stops apiece for the NDSU defense. Greg Menard was in on two of NDSU’s three sacks.

Eli Dunne went 27 of 41 passing for 362 yards and three touchdowns for Northern Iowa. He completed passes to eight different receivers. Weymiller rushed 14 times for 57 yards.

North Dakota State is scheduled to play Western Illinois at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Hanson Field in Macomb, Ill.