No. 1 North Dakota State Set to Host Prairie View A&M on Saturday, Sept. 22
Release: September 17, 2012
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No. 1-ranked North Dakota State (2-0, 0-0 Valley Football) is scheduled to host Prairie View A&M (0-3, 0-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) at 3:07 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome (AstroTurf®’s GameDay Grass™ 3D60 infilled turf / 18,700) ... NDSU defeated Colorado State 22-7 on Sept. 8 ... Prairie View A&M lost 42-30 at Alabama A&M on Sept. 15 ... North Dakota State has won seven straight.
SERIES RECORD: This is the first meeting between North Dakota State and Prairie View A&M ... The Bison are 3-0 against members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (2-0 vs. Mississippi Valley State, 1-0 vs. Grambling).
AT HOME: North Dakota State has compiled a 239-36-3 record at home since 1964 ... The Bison are 94-22-0 in the Fargodome since moving from Dacotah Field in 1993 ... NDSU is 15-2 over the last three seasons at home and is 45-11 since head coach Craig Bohl took over in 2003.
AGAINST THE FBS: Since moving to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), North Dakota State has a 6-3 record against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams since 2006 ... The Bison are 2-1 against Minnesota, 1-0 against Ball State, 1-0 against Central Michigan, 1-0 against Kansas, 1-0 against Colorado State, 0-1 against Wyoming and 0-1 against Iowa State ... All games have been played on the road ... NDSU’s six wins over FBS schools since 2006 are the most by any FCS school in the nation ... New Hampshire is second on that list with four victories over FBS schools.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised on the North Dakota NBC Sports Network and ESPN3.com ... Former Valley News Live weekend sports anchor Brian Shawn will handle the play-by-play, and KFYR TV Sports Director Lee Timmerman and former NDSU quarterback Kevin Feeney are the color analysts ... Stations on the North Dakota NBC Sports Network include KVLY-TV (Channel 11, Fargo), KFYR-TV (Channel 5, Bismarck), KMOT-TV (Channel 10, Minot), KQCD-TV (Channel 7, Dickinson) and KUMV-TV (Channel 8, Williston) ... All 11 regular season games will be televised for the first time in school history ... The Bison are 102-56-1 (.645) in TV games.
SELL OUT: North Dakota State recorded its 11th sellout over the past seven seasons with the season-opening crowd of 18,769 in the Fargodome ... NDSU has attracted over 18,000 fans in eight of its last nine home games including three sellouts ... Tickets for all 2012 North Dakota State University football home football games are currently SOLD OUT ... Additional reserved and standing room tickets may become available on the Friday of game week ... Check GoBison.com/tickets for availability ... To create the best possible home field advantage, NDSU encourages fans to use their tickets for all games at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome ... Fans that have purchased season tickets and are unable to attend select games are encouraged to make sure their seats are filled for each game. Those looking to sell tickets can use online message boards, Craigslist or NDSU’s facebook page (facebook.com/NDBison) to broker tickets.
BISON QUICK-HITTERS: North Dakota State’s 81 offensive plays against Colorado State (9-8-12) were its most since running 83 against Northern Iowa on Oct. 10, 2009 ... NDSU’s 39:52 in time of possession at CSU was its most since holding the ball for 40:17 in a 51-14 win over Cal Poly on Nov. 11, 2006 ... NDSU has allowed just 34 points in its last six contests, dating back to the start of the 2011 Division I FCS Playoffs ... The Bison have allowed just 20 points in their last five contests, dating back to a 24-0 shutout victory over Lehigh in the 2011 Division I FCS Quarterfinals ... NDSU has limited its opponent to 10 points or less in 9 of its last 17 games ... Defensive end Cole Jirik had 4 tackles including a safety, two tackles for loss and a sack in North Dakota State’s 22-7 win over Colorado State on Sept. 8 ... His safety with 5:34 left in the first quarter broke a 7-7 tie and gave the Bison the lead for good ... The safety was the first for North Dakota State since Matthew Gratzek’s against Robert Morris in the 2010 FCS playoff game ... North Dakota State’s field goal block by nose guard Ryan Drevlow at Colorado State (9-8-12) was the first since Matt Veldman’s effort against Illinois State (10-1-11) ... North Dakota State’s 52-0 shutout of Robert Morris in the season opener on Sept. 1 at Gate City Bank Field was the first since 2006 when the Bison beat Mississippi Valley State 45-0 in Fargo ... It was NDSU’s first shutout in a home opener since defeating Valparaiso 52-0 in 2004 ... North Dakota State improved to 79-30-7 in season openers including 61-17-4 at home ... North Dakota State committed zero (0) turnovers in eight of 15 games played last season ... The Bison committed only 12 turnovers overall in 15 games in 2011 ... NDSU leads the nation in scoring defense (3.5 avg/g) and total defense (165.5 avg/g); 3rd in rushing defense (47.0 avg/g); tied for 4th in sacks (4.00 avg/g); 10th in sacks allowed (0.50 avg/g); 11th in pass defense (118.5 avg/g) and tackles for loss (8.50 avg/g); 13th in pass efficiency defense (91.76 rating); 14th in scoring offense (37.0 avg/g); 15th in turnover margin (+1.50 avg/g); 20th in rushing offense (211.5 avg/g), punt returns (13.90 avg/r) and passing efficiency (145.02 rating); 21st in kickoff returns (24.67 avg/r) and 22nd, Total offense (430.5 avg/g) ... With a 77-31 record, NDSU head coach Craig Bohl is No. 2 on the school’s all-time win list behind Rocky Hager (91-25-1, 1987-95) ... Bohl is one of three Bison coaches with 60 wins ... North Dakota State Director of Athletics Gene Taylor is in his second year of a four-year term on the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Executive Committee.
RADIO BROADCASTS: KFGO-AM 790, Fargo ... Veteran sports announcer Scott Miller will handle the play-by-play ... Former NDSU quarterback Steve Walker will handle the color duties, while NDSU director of athletic broadcasting Jeremy Jorgenson is on the sidelines ... Air time is set for 2:30 p.m., kickoff at 3:07 p.m. on Sept. 22 ... Anchored by flagship, The Mighty 790, KFGO-AM, the Bison Radio Network has 20 stations including (Fargo, simulcast on KRWK 101.9 FM); ESPN 710 AM (Bismarck); KHRT 1320 AM (Minot); KSJB 600 AM (Jamestown); KEYZ 660 AM (Williston); KDVL 102.5 FM (Devils Lake); KHND 1470 AM (Harvey); KZZJ 1450 AM (Rugby); KPOK 1340 AM (Bowman); KAUJ – 100.9 FM (Grafton); KLTC 1460 AM (Dickinson); KRCQ 102.3 FM (Detroit Lakes); WLKX 95.9 FM (North) / KBGY 107.5 FM (South) (Minneapolis/St. Paul); KDDG 105.5 FM (Albany); KZCR 103.3 FM (Fergus Falls); KMGK 107.1 FM (Glenwood), and KKCQ 96.7 FM (Fosston) ... The Bison gameday format includes a 30-minute pregame show with comments from Craig Bohl, in-depth analysis and features ... A complete 30-minute postgame show is covered from the press box and locker room areas.
JENSEN ON TARGET: North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen moved to No. 3 all-time at NDSU in completions (311) and passing yards (3,869), passing Kevin Feeney in completions (304, 1995-98) and Ryan Johnson in passing yards (3,806, 1997-00) ... Jensen completed 18 of 29 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown in North Dakota State’s 22-7 win over Colorado State on Sept. 8 ... He also rushed 10 times for 42 yards ... Jensen directed an offense that ran 81 plays for 366 yards of total offense and held a 39:52-20:08 advantage in time of possession. That included scoring drives of 12 plays for 67 yards (5:21), 10 plays for 53 yards (1:44) and 16 plays for 71 yards (9:29). He completed passes to seven different receivers ... Jensen completed 16 of 23 passes for 217 yards and three TDs vs. Robert Morris (9-1-12) ... The three passing TDs matched his career best ... Jensen has six career 200-yard passing games ... He completed a career-high 22 of 25 passes for 204 yards and one TD vs. 2nd-ranked UNI (10-29-11) ... Jensen threw four interceptions last season ... Following an interception at Southern Illinois, Jensen attempted 142 passes without a pick – adding to his NDSU record ... The old record was 110 set by Steve Walker in 2005-06 ... Jensen had a career-high 30 attempts at Indiana State (11-5-11, 18 completions) ... Jensen completed his first 15 passes vs. Missouri State (10-15-11) to break the school record of 10 in a row set three times previously ... Including the Southern Illinois game, he had completed 19 passes in a row to top the school record of 16 set by Steve Walker in 2004.