YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Sophomore quarterback Jose Mohler came off the bench to lead North Dakota State to a dramatic victory against Youngstown State during the 2010 season, a Missouri Valley Football Conference game played at Stambaugh Stadium.
Mohler took over for redshirt freshman quarterback Brock Jensen, who injured his collarbone early in the game, which was played on Oct. 9, 2010. Mohler zipped a 45-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Justin Howard with 34 seconds to play, lifting the Bison to a dramatic 34-29 victory.
Mohler completed 11 of 14 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns after taking over for an injured Jensen.
"We felt like it was going to be a one-possession game," said then-Bison head coach Craig Bohl after the game. "I was pleased with our players being resourceful. That's that makes it exciting."
The Bison finished the 2010 season with a 9-5 record, losing to eventual national champion Eastern Washington in the Division I FCS quarterfinals, a 38-31 overtime loss in Cheney, Wash.
NDSU running back Mike Sigers also had a big play in that 2010 game at YSU with a 56-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Tight end Matt Veldman hauled in a 3-yard TD pass from Mohler in the third quarter.
Howard then added the game-winning touchdown from Mohler. Howard caught the ball around the 25-yard line, broke a tackle and then scampered into the end zone.
"We just kept our head in the game and fought to the end," Howard told The Forum after the game. "Everybody hung in there. Everybody had their switch turned on."
Bison running back D.J. McNorton also had a big game against the Penguins that day, rushing for 90 yards on 17 attempts and added six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown.
This year's No. 1-ranked Bison (8-0, 4-0 MVFC) return to Stambaugh Stadium at 5 p.m. (CST) Saturday, Nov. 2, against Youngstown State. NDSU has a 29-game winning streak on the line.