Strength vs. Strength meet Saturday in FCS Playoffs

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- The North Dakota State offense is coming off a 493-yard performance in the FCS Playoff win over Montana State Saturday.

The Bison (12-0) were able to carve up the Bobcat defense using mostly the run game, but it could be different this week with the Colgate defense coming to the Fargodome.

The Raiders are only giving up 88.3 yards per game on the ground.

NDSU Head Coach Chris Klieman said the main reason for Colgate's success against the run has been their discipline.

Bison Offensive Coordinator Courtney Messingham agreed adding the crazy part about the teams who have success against Colgate are the ones who can grind out yards on sustained drives.

"They truly understand how each one of them fits into their defense. You don't see a guy out of gap, you don't see a bunch of long runs, you don't see a bunch of long passes," Messingham said Tuesday. "So we've got to be disciplined and make sure they take what they're giving us and when we do get an opportunity make a big play when it does present itself."

The Raiders defense is allowing 2.62 yards per carry, while the Bison offense is averaging 6.36 yards per carry.

NDSU vs. Colgate Saturday, December 8 kicks off at 11 a.m. on ESPN.
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