YOUNGSTOWN – It was another dominating performance from No. 1 North Dakota State. The Bison jumped out to a 35-0 lead in the first half and didn’t look back as they cruised to a 56-17 victory. It was NDSU’s 30th win in-a-row.
NDSU quarterback Trey Lance went 7-for-9 with 160 yards and three touchdowns. The Bison had 251 yards on the ground. Kobe Johnson led NDSU with six carries for 103 yards and a touchdown. Dimitri Williams had 46 yards on six carries with two touchdowns.
Christian Watson had one catch for 69 yards and a touchdown. Josh Babicz had three catches for 41 yards and two touchdowns.
NDSU held Youngstown State to 278 yards of offense. The Penguins (5-4, 1-4) used three quarterbacks. Mark Waid and Joe Craycraft each went 5-for-10. Waid had 55 yards and Craycraft had 44 with a touchdown. Nathan Mays went 1-for-2 with 10 yards.
Waid ran the ball eight times and had a team-high 79 yards with one touchdown. Miles Joiner had three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown.
The Bison will take on Western Illinois at home Saturday and the Penguins will travel to Vermillion to face South Dakota.
• Western Illinois 38, South Dakota 34
MACOMB – The Leathernecks came back from being down 20-7 in the third quarter and Clint Rakovich had a 9-yard touchdown run with 34 seconds left to give WIU 38-34 win over the Coyotes.
This was the Leathernecks’ first win of the season and it was the Coyotes third-straight loss. Connor Sampson went 31-for-50 with 368 yards and three touchdowns for WIU. Tony Tate had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. Dennis Houston also caught six passes and had 85 yards. DeShon Gavin had 14 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown. Rakovich had 57 yards on 10 carries and touchdown.
USD’s quarterback Austin Simmons had another big game. He threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 79 yards rushing. Kai Henry led the Coyotes (3-6, 2-3) with 145 yards rushing on 30 carries. Brett Samson had six catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. Austin Goehring had three catches for 42 yards and touchdown.
• Northern Iowa 27, Illinois State 10
NORMAL – The No. 9 ranked Panthers forced four turnovers and outscored the No. 7 ranked Redbirds 13-3 in the second half to come away with a 27-10 win.
UNI’s quarterback Will McElvain went 14-for-28 with 189 yards and three touchdowns. Suni Lane had two catches for 43 yards and two touchdowns. Nick McCabe had 15 carries for 44 yards.
Brady Davis went 13-for-28 with 135 yards, three interceptions and a touchdown for the Redbirds. James Robinson ran for 39 yards and Jeff Proctor ran for 34. Braxton Haley had six receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown.
The Panthers are now 6-3 overall and 4-1 the Missouri Valley and the Redbirds dropped to 6-3 and 3-2 in the conference.
UNI will host Indiana State Saturday and the Redbirds will travel to Brookings to take on South Dakota State.
• Southern Illinois 23, Indiana State 14
TERRE HAUTE – The Salukis had a 17-7 lead at halftime and held onto the lead to come away with their third conference victory.
SIU (5-4, 3-2) ran for 265 yards as a team. D.J. Davis had 22 carries and ran for 160 yards. Javon Williams had 84 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Kare Lyles went 7-for-16 with 72 yards. Avante Cox had three catches for 32 yards.
Sycamore quarterback Kurtis Wilderman went 19-for-25 with 141 yards. Peterson Kerlegrand led ISU with 66 yards rushing. Dominique Dafney had 11 carries for 54 yards and two touchdowns. Dante Hendrix had 55 yards receiving and Kerlegrand had 33.
The Salukis will host Missouri State on Saturday.
Missouri Valley Football Conference
STATS/Coaches W-L PF/PA W-L PF/PA Strk
1/1 North Dakota State 5-0 184/50 9-0 353/105 W30
4/5 South Dakota State 4-1 159/98 7-2 299/146 W1
South Dakota 2-3 172/138 3-6 269/298 L3
7/7 Illinois State 3-2 86/92 6-3 199/160 L1
Indiana State 1-4 64/137 3-6 151/216 L3
9/10 Northern Iowa 4-1 133/103 6-3 299/146 W3
Missouri State 1-4 67-162 1-7 120/292 L4
RV/RV Youngstown State 1-4 123/101 5-4 306/238 L1
RV/RV Southern Illinois 3-2 123/101 5-4 250/220 W3
Western Illinois 1-4 107/178 1-8 175/303 W1
Note: The following regular-season matchups will not take place in 2019: SDSU-WIU, NDSU-InSU, YSU-MSU, UNI-SIU and IlSU-USD. … The Bears are playing 11 regular-season games this year … North Dakota joins the conference in 2020.
WEEK 10 – Saturday, Nov. 2
South Dakota State 35, Missouri State 14
North Dakota State 56, Youngstown State 17
Western Illinois 38, South Dakota 34
Northern Iowa 27, Illinois State 10
Southern Illinois 23, Indiana State 14
North Dakota 16, Montana Stae 12
WEEK 8 – Saturday, Nov. 9
Illinois State at South Dakota State, Brookings 2 p.m. (ESPN+)
Missouri State at Southern Illinois, Carbondale 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Youngstown State at South Dakota, Vermillion 2 p.m. (ESPN+)
Western Illinois at North Dakota State, Fargo 2:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
Indiana State at Northern Iowa, Ceder Falls 4 p.m. (ESPN+)
North Dakota (5-3) at Weber State (7-2, 6-0)