North Dakota State Shuts Down Delaware Early in 47-22 Road Win

NEWARK, Del. (NDSU Athletics) -- Top-ranked North Dakota State held 18th-ranked Delaware to less than 100 yards of total offense through the first three quarters and cruised to a 47-22 victory Saturday, Sept. 14, before a crowd of 14,489 at Delaware Stadium.

NDSU freshman Kobe Johnson rushed for 101 yards on 11 carries, freshman Trey Lance was 18 of 23 passing for 195 yards and three touchdowns, and sophomore Phoenix Sproles had three receptions for 72 yards as 10 different Bison players caught passes.

North Dakota State put up 490 yards of total offense and had a 340-92 advantage through three quarters.

NDSU's defense got pressure early and often. Eight Bison players combined for seven sacks and four of those came before halftime. Safety Michael Tutsie had a team-high 10 tackles and made his third interception in two games for the Bison.

Delaware didn't convert a third down until the fourth quarter when the Blue Hens finally put together scoring drives of 91 yards and 80 yards. Will Knight rushed for 115 yards on eight carries for Delaware while quarterbacks Pat Kehoe and Nolan Henderson went a combined 11 of 21 passing for 136 yards.

The win was North Dakota State's 24th straight dating back to 2017, the third-most consecutive wins in FCS history.

North Dakota State returns home to host UC Davis at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. The Aggies were 1-1 heading into Saturday night's game vs. Lehigh.