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Ground Game Carries UND Past #16 Portland State
Grand Forks -- The North Dakota football team knocked off No. 16 Portland State 19-17 in a physical Big Sky contest at Hillsboro Stadium on Saturday afternoon. In a matchup that pitted two of the best defenses in the league, neither side disappointed as UND (4-1, 2-0 BSC) held on for the two-point win over the upstart Vikings (3-1, 1-1 BSC). Sophomore quarterback Keaton Studsrud and freshman running back John Santiago each rushed for more than 100 yards and Reid Taubenheim equaled his career-high in field goals with four in what was the first victory for a road team in this series. Taubenheim's final make on his perfect day came from 29 yards out on the team's opening drive of the fourth quarter and proved to be the game winner. “That was a gutty win right there,” UND head coach Bubba Schweigert said. “We overcame a lot of adversity and some of it was self-inflicted, but our guys responded and found a way to get a big road win here against a really physical football team.” Santiago’s 111 rushing yards led a UND ground attack that racked up 260 yards on a PSU defense that had yielded a total of 192 rushing yards during its 3-0 start to the season. Studsrud added a career-high 107 yards on 16 carries and it was his 32-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that gave UND its first lead of the game at 16-10.  FULL STORY

Pinball Goals Haunt
Bobcats in 4-2 Loss

Bismarck -- The Bismarck Bobcats kept erasing deficits but could not recover from a late power play goal, falling 4-2 Saturday to the Minot Minotauros at the VFW Sports Center to push their losing streak to five straight games. After the Cats dominated the early stages of the contest, Minot struck first on a broken play as a blocked shot off the stick of Johnny Walker careened straight to Tyler Jeanson, who quickly fired home his first goal of the season with 11:00 remaining in the first before Bobcat goalie Hunter Shepard could recover to his right. Veteran winger Jared Pike pulled the home side even at 1-1 exactly four minutes later, exploiting a huge hole in the Minot defense created by an expert forecheck from Willie Brown and beating Minot netminder Lucas Murray high to the glove side with a backhand. Another broken play led to another Minot lead with 9:31 to go in the second when a Zack Bross pass intended for Jack Murphy on a 2-on-2 was blocked straight to trailing defenseman Sam Fuss, who snapped a low shot inside the left post as Shepard scrambled to recover from the initial play on Bross.  FULL STORY

Fast Start by Beavers Sink Marauders
Bismarck -- The University of Mary's hopes of spoiling homecoming for Bemidji State University and keeping the Beavers on the banks of Lake Bemidji were dashed early as BSU scored on its first three possessions in a 38-7 win over U-Mary. Last season the Beavers beat the Marauders in U-Mary's homecoming game. This year the Marauders hoped to return the favor and prevent the Beavers from taking a post-game swim in Lake Bemidji. Tradition dictates the BSU football team runs into the adjacent lake after a homecoming win. The gates to the lake were unlocked early as the Beavers jumped out to a 20-0 lead with 6:20 still remaining in the first quarter. After the Marauders (0-5 Northern Sun/overall / 0-1 NSIC North) were unable to generate a first down on the opening drive, BSU (2-3 / 1-0) went 56 yards in two plays to score. The second touchdown Beavers touchdown was set up by an interception. A missed extra point kick and a Deon Paulson block of the second point after touchdown left BSU leading 12-0. A 41 yard drive on four plays expanded the BSU lead to 20-0 after a successful 2-point conversion.  FULL STORY

Big Plays Drop Beavers

Minot -- Big plays made a big difference in Saturday's Hall of Fame game. Northern State scored with just 10 seconds remaining before halftime, converted on a fake field goal and had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 45-14 win over Minot State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football Saturday night at Herb Parker Stadium. "That was a big impact play," MSU head coach Tyler Hughes said of the TD just before the half. "We came out in the second half and were pressing hard. We were pressing too hard. That allowed them to get two quick scores and we didn't respond too well to that." The Beavers (0-5 overall, 0-5 NSIC, 0-1 NSIC North) opened the game with a big play as MSU recovered a muffed opening kick as Spencer Wiley (Jr., LB, Rancho Cucamunga, Calif.) fell on the loose football. Eight plays later, Charles Hall (Jr., RB, Hinesville, Ga.) bowled in from 1 yard out for his second rushing TD of the season to make it 7-0 MSU early on. But it was all NSU (1-4, 1-4, 1-0) after that to end the half. The Wolves went 57 yards in 15 plays to cut the lead to 7-3 on a field goal midway through the first quarter and then scored 6 minutes apart in the second quarter, the first on a Nicholas Truen run and the second on a pass from Kyle Lavand to Tyrell Anderson just before the half. The first TD was set up by a blocked punt giving the Wolves the ball on the MSU 20 and the second came after Lavand hit Connor Doherty on a 44 yard pass on third-and-1 from their own 29.  FULL STORY

DSU Men's Basketball Hires Jaxon Myaer as Assistant Coach
-- Dickinson State Men's basketball Coach Justin Wetzel has announced the hiring of assistant coach Jaxon Myaer.  Myaer of Salt Lake City UT is a former starter at NCAA Division I Utah State and was an All-Conference player at the NCAA DII level (Montana State University Billings). In his time at Utah State under legendary coach Stew Morrill, Mayer played a vital role in the Aggies success starting as a freshman in 6 games and serving as a quality backup point guard helping Utah State to 3 WAC Conference championships, playing in the NCAA DI tournament 2 times.   FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- As the calendar transitioned to October this past weekend, and the weather reflected the arrival of official Autumn, prep football was in the spotlight on the North Dakota athletics' scene. KDKT Sports Radio traveled to the Bakken to provide live coverage of a Class A Region 4 gridiron clash between the visiting Southern McLean Roughriders and the 5th-ranked Killdeer Cowboys. And in the hugely entertaining pigskin showdown, the host Cowboys prevailed by a final tally of 21-7. Killdeer's forays into the endzone were recorded by Sr RB Derek Tabor (scoring runs of 5 & 4 yards) and Sr wideout Dillon Jepson. Jepson registered what was arguably the play of the game, when he caught a short pass along the sideline from Sr QB Hayes LeMieux, shedded a Roughrider defender, and scampered to paydirt from 27 yards out to give Killdeer some breathing room in the 2nd half. With the hard-fought victory, the Cowboys improved to 5-1 overall this fall (stumbling only to AA Dickinson Trinity in its season-opener) and remained undefeated in league play. Killdeer next collides with defending regional champion and currently 3rd-ranked Hazen this upcoming Friday at Bison Field in Coal Country. KDKT will be on the premises to call all the action, with its pre-game show beginning at 6:30 pm CDT and kickoff slated for a half-hour later. Hazen will enter the high-profile encounter also sporting a 5-1 ledger, having won this past Friday at the expense of the Heart River Cougars, 30-8. The Bison have only tasted defeat at the hands of AA's top-ranked team--the Beulah Miners--in the campaign-opening Coal Bowl by a 22-6 tally. Elsewhere in Class A football last weekend, 2nd-ranked Carrington overwhelmed Oakes 52-8; top-ranked Park River-Fordville-Lankin routed Rugby 61-6; Velva-Sawyer dumped Lewis & Clark-Our Redeemer's 20-2; Harvey-Wells County held off Langdon-Munich 32-22; Larimore lit up Lakota-Edmore-Dakota Prairie 49-6; Garrison-Max stomped Standing Rock 50-0; and Northern Cass outlasted Ellendale/Edgeley-Kulm 34-18. In AA gridiron action, #1 Beulah crunched Central Dakota 33-8; 2nd-rated Valley City slammed Stanley-Powers Lake 44-6; 3rd-rated Bismarck St. Mary's trounced Watford City 34-6; #4 Fargo Shanley crushed Kindred 55-7; 5th-ranked Wahpeton whipped Central Cass 47-12; Dickinson Trinity drubbed Turtle Mountain 49-6; Grafton raced past Lisbon 34-13; and Hillsboro-Central Valley mauled Maple Valley-Enderlin 50-8.  In 9-man play, #1 Thompson throttled North Star 40-8; 2nd-ranked Cavalier demolished Drayton/Valley-Edinburg 52-8; 3rd-rated Richland rolled over LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 48-12; #4 Shiloh Christian surged past Center-Stanton 48-14; #5 North Prairie waxed Drake-Anamoose 62-8; New Salem-Almont-Glen Ullin blitzed Bowman County 46-14; and Strasburg-Zeeland handled Central McLean 30-10. Additionally, Richardton-Taylor-Hebron blasted Beach 50-16, with the Raiders Sr RB Denver Colgrove erupting for 282 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns on 22 carries; Hettinger-Scranton prevailed over Mott-Regent 46-30; Kidder County creamed South Border 50-16; Linton-HMB cruised past Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 38-6; and Lemmon (SD) blanked Grant County-Flasher 42-zip. In the AAA pigskin ranks, top-ranked Minot disposed of Bismarck Legacy 35-14; Century upset #2 Dickinson 45-21 behind 299 passing yards and 5 TD tosses thrown by Sr QB Dalton Feeney; 3rd-rated Bismarck decisioned Jamestown 35-13; #4 West Fargo bludgeoned Grand Forks Central 48-2; West Fargo-Sheyenne upended 5th-ranked Fargo South 28-0; Mandan eased past Williston 25-8; Fargo North outlasted Devils Lake 34-28; and Fargo Davies gouged Grand Forks Red River 33-12. In Class B prep volleyball this past week, claiming 3-0 sweeps were Heart River, Hazen, Dickinson Trinity, New Salem-Almont, Des Lacs-Burlington, Minot Our Redeemer's, Shiloh Christian (twice), Underwood, Watford City, Grant County, and Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, over Glen Ullin-Hebron, Hettinger-Scranton, Beulah, Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky, South Prairie, Minot Ryan, Standing Rock, Washburn, Garrison, Stanley, Wilton-Wing, and Kidder County, respectively. Center-Stanton was a 3-1 victor over both Grant County and Flasher, while winning 3-2 decisions were Glen Ullin-Hebron and New England, at the expense, respectively, of New Salem-Almont and Hettinger-Scranton. In this current week unfolding, regional volleyball play resumes for several area teams, as Beulah visits Richardton-Taylor on Tuesday evening and hosts Heart River on Thursday; Center-Stanton entertains Wilton-Wing and visits Underwood on those very same days; and Hazen welcomes both Mott-Regent and Killdeer on October 6 and 8, respectively.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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