MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL CONFERENCE | Saturday’s other games
North Dakota State 40, Eastern Washington 13
Bruce Anderson and Lance Dunn combined for more than 300 yards rushing and four touchdowns, and North Dakota State rolled in a matchup of FCS powers. Anderson had 160 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries and Dunn picked up 148 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. Easton Stick threw for 157 yards while the Bison defense stymied the Eagles. Gage Gubrud, who set 18 Eastern Washington records and three FCS marks in passing for more than 5,000 yards last year, was 10 for 30 for 134 yards and two interceptions. The Eagles finished with 204 yards on offense and had just 11 first downs. The Bison had 31 first downs and held the ball for almost 43 minutes. It was North Dakota’s first trip to EWU since falling 38-31 in overtime in the FCS playoffs in 2010. Eastern went on to win the national championship but the Bison won the next five. Last year, when NDSU beat the Eagles 50-44 early in the season, both teams lost in the semifinals. Taking a 19-10 lead at the half, the Bison put the game away with three straight touchdown drives for a 40-13 lead with 12:32 to play.
Northern Iowa 45, Cal Poly 38, OT
CEDAR FALLS, IOWA
Eli Dunne threw four touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, and Northern Iowa beat Cal Poly. Dunne hit Daurice Fountain for a 13-yard score in overtime to put the Panthers (1-1) up for good. Dunne was 25 of 40 for 325 yards for the Panthers. Fountain had 75 yards and three scores receiving. Dunne threw a 31-yard touchdown to Aaron Graham with four seconds left in the first half and the Panthers led 28-21 at halftime. He threw a 36-yard score to Fountain in the third and Drysdale’s field goal made it 38-24 with 7:50 left in the fourth. But Khaleel Jenkins scored for Cal Poly from a yard out with 2:05 remaining then threw a 53-yard score on the Mustang’s next drive to tie the game 38-38 and send it into overtime. Jenkins finished with 238 yards and four touchdowns passing for the Mustangs (0-3).
North Dakota 34, Missouri State 0
GRAND FORKS, N.D.
Keaton Studsrud was 22-of-31 passing for 273 yards with and two scores and Brady Oliveira ran for 164 yards to lead North Dakota past Missouri State. With a 3-0 lead after the first quarter, Studsrud threw a 13-yard score to Noah Wanzek and followed that up with a 3-yard pass to Wanzek to cap a seven-play, 80-yard drive for a 17-0 lead. On Missouri State’s next drive, Ray Haas picked off Peyton Husling at Missouri State’s 32-yard line. John Santiago ran 19 yards for a touchdown with 4:06 remaining before halftime. North Dakota (1-1) outgained the Bears 526-211 and held the ball for more than 36 minutes. Wanzek had career highs with 117 yards receiving and seven catches. Huslig finished with 132 yards passing for Missouri State (0-2).
Western Illinois 38, Northern Arizona 20
Sean McGuire threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Western Illinois led all the way in a victory over Northern Arizona. McGuire threw for 210 yards for the Leathernecks (2-0). Max Norris ran for 103 yards and a score. Jaelon Acklin ran for 65 yards and a touchdown and had 101 receiving yards and another score. Acklin scored on a 63-yard run two plays into the Leathernecks’ first drive. Sam Crosa kicked a 27-yard field goal with 9:12 left in the second quarter and Norris scored from the 1 to lift Western Illinois to a 17-7 lead at halftime. In the third, Eric Carrera recovered a Case Cookus fumble and ran it in for another Leathernecks score to make it 24-7. McGuire hit Acklin for a 38-yard touchdown, stretching it to 31-13 with 5:50 left in the third. Cookus was 18-of-35 for 221 yards and two touchdowns for the Lumberjacks (0-2).