Mike McFeely / Forum News Service
The only mystery left for North Dakota State's football team this regular season is whether it can go undefeated and match the Football Championship Subdivision record of 33 straight victories next week at Southern Illinois. The Bison crunched South Dakota 49-14 Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Fargodome, clinching the Missouri Valley Football Conference's automatic bid to the playoffs and all but assuring a top-two seed for the postseason.
Some things are just too good to not share. Keeping such a thing to one's self should be viewed as incredibly selfish, depriving the world a taste of the perfect deliciousness that comes only from a recipe concocted over decades of trial, error and eventual revamping to get the proper mix of exquisite flavors. Such was a letter received by The Forum a few weeks back, which was a follow-up to a similar missive sent to North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani in August. A copy of the original letter was attached to the letter mailed to the newspaper.
FARGO — Former North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman made no bones about promoting his quarterback, Easton Stick, for the most prestigious award in the Football Championship Subdivision last season.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The victory was epic and so was the celebration afterward. University of Minnesota football fans stormed the field at TCF Bank Stadium after the Gophers beat Penn State, covering the green turf in a pulsating maroon blanket and singing the "Minnesota Rouser" loud enough to be heard in Happy Valley. It was a moment long-suffering Gophers fans had awaited for, oh, about 50 years and it didn't come without the usual dread that consumes Minnesotans. When push comes to shove, historically, they know their team is going to find a way to blow it.
FARGO — North Dakota State football fans are used to digging through their cable or dish guides to find ESPN2 in early January. That off-the-beaten-path network has been the home of the Football Championship Subdivision national title game all seven times the Bison have advanced to Frisco, Texas, since 2011. If the Bison again qualify for the championship game, still a big "if" even for the top-ranked team, there'll be no need to dig come January.
FARGO — "Sure Nuff," trumpeted the headline at the top of the right side of the Nov. 3, 1889, edition of the Fargo Sunday Argus. And with that, the frontier town of about 3,000 knew they were citizens of the United States and that they were no longer residents of the Dakota Territory. They were residents of North Dakota. At 3:40 p.m. on Nov.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Bo Pelini isn't buying into the storyline that his Youngstown State football team will play top-ranked North Dakota State tough just because games between the teams in recent years have been close. "Different team, different year," Pelini said at his weekly press conference Tuesday, Oct. 29. "We're going to have to play well. That's what it comes down to. You have to count on their best shot. They are going to play well." The Bison and Penguins play at 5 p.m.
CAMPBELL, Minn. — Alana Christensen remembers the day she was inspired to get as many veterans as she could to North Dakota State football games. It was during the Bison's Football Championship Subdivision NCAA playoff game last December against Montana State at the Fargodome, during a break in the action.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — The game didn't turn out the way South Dakota State wanted, but the attention drawn to the Jackrabbits football game last Saturday against North Dakota State was a win for everybody. ESPN's "College GameDay" pregame show that broadcast from Brookings from 8-11 a.m. before the Jackrabbits-Bison game averaged 1.706 million viewers for the complete three-hour show. In the final hour, the show averaged 2.07 million viewers. Those figures represent the combined viewership of ESPN and ESPNU for the show, according to a press release from the network.
FARGO — There was a football coach from Nebraska-Omaha back in the day — yes, Johnny Come Lately fans, UNO used to have football — named Sandy Buda. Like all coaches in the old North Central Conference, Buda had trouble beating North Dakota State in the Bison's NCAA Division II glory days of the 1980s. So the coach came up with schemes and tricks and sleights-of-hand in an attempt to beat the mighty Bison and other D2 powers.