Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department since 2004. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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GRAND FORKS—As the University of North Dakota football program looks for ways to improve following a disappointing 25-21 loss at home against Idaho State last weekend, the Fighting Hawks are zeroing in on halftime. Idaho State blanked UND's offense in the second half, a troubling trend as the Hawks travel to Northern Colorado for a 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept., 29, matchup in Greeley, Colo.
GRAND FORKS — On the opponent's first offensive drive of the game, more than 11,000 homecoming and Potato Bowl fans at the Alerus Center caused two false starts. The green and white fanbase, coming off a road upset of No. 5 Sam Houston and a shiny new Top 25 ranking, were fired up. Then, a Bengal buzzkill. Idaho State, strangely a University of North Dakota nemesis, shutout the Fighting Hawks in the second half to deflate the program's momentum and stun No. 22 UND 25-21 on Saturday evening, Sept. 22.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota football program has a ton of momentum. The Fighting Hawks are ranked (No. 22) in the STATS FCS poll for the first time this year. The team is coming off a win over the highest-ranked opponent (No. 5 Sam Houston State) in the Division I era. What's UND going to do with all that momentum? For starters, the Hawks will have to handle it better than recent history.
GRAND FORKS—Former University of North Dakota running back Phillip Moore is the school's all-time leading rusher with 5,697 yards—a record that doesn't appear to be in jeopardy any time soon. There's another, perhaps less-known mark, that Moore holds in the record book. In a game against Minnesota State Mankato in 1998, Moore carried the ball 46 times. That might be one of the most untouchable records in all of UND athletics.
GRAND FORKS—Supporters of University of North Dakota athletics remember Phil Jackson as the school's most prominent basketball alum. Jackson, who was awarded the Sioux Award on Thursday night, Sept. 20, at the Alerus Center, played for the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets and coached the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers before serving as the Knicks' team president. A pair of multi-sport UND teammates, however, remember the wild-throwing, lanky left-hander from Williston who played at the old, then-isolated UND baseball field.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota football team is getting back to its roots by playing Idaho State for the Potato Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 22. UND played the Bengals in the first Potato Bowl in 1966, blanking Idaho State 41-0. UND's recent history with Idaho State, however, would indicate a much closer contest at 4 p.m. at the Alerus Center.
GRAND FORKS—After a come-from-behind upset on the road at No. 5 Sam Houston State, the University of North Dakota football team has entered the STATS FCS Top 25 poll. The Fighting Hawks are ranked No. 22 in the latest poll released Monday, Sept. 17. "I don't think we should really worry about that," UND quarterback Nate Ketteringham said. "It's just a number." Sam Houston State, which had a 21-game home winning streak snapped by UND, dropped to No. 11. "It showed us who we are as a team, but we can't focus on that too much," UND cornerback Evan Holm said.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — The University of North Dakota football team went to the Lone Star State and picked up one of the program's biggest wins in the Division I era with a 24-23 victory over No. 5 Sam Houston State on Saturday night at Bowers Stadium. Here are five things you might not have noticed. 1. UND offensive line does a shuffle UND had to change the starting lineup on the offensive line for the first time this season.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Sam Houston State likes to play fast, air it out and hit the big play. UND likes to play slow, grind it out and wear down a team. When the Fighting Hawks and Bearkats meet at 6 tonight at Elliott Bowers Stadium, there'll be a collision of philosophies in a unique FCS non-conference matchup. "We need to control the football," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "When you go up against a high-powered offense, you need to limit their amount of plays."
GRAND FORKS—Last Saturday, the University of North Dakota football team played the highest-ranked opponent (No. 9 in the FBS) in program history in front of the most fans (more than 68,000) than any game in program history. The Fighting Hawks' Week 3 opponent, however, presents perhaps an even more important challenge. UND (1-1 overall) travels to Huntsville, Texas, to play No. 5 Sam Houston State (1-0)—a game that could insert the Hawks into the national picture and build an important bullet point for a playoff resume.