FARGO — North Dakota State was scheduled to start its football season Sept. 5 against the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, but that game was canceled after the Pac-12 Conference recently decided to play conference-only games for fall sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The countdown, however, continues. NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen said he would be open to finding a new opponent for the opening date under the right circumstances. The Bison currently don't have any nonconfernece games on their schedule due to COVID-19.

WDAY-TV sports director Dom Izzo is compiling memorable moments and players from program history to count down each of the 100 days leading up to the start of the regular season.

Below are Izzo's video packages that highlight from days 41-to-50 before the Bison were slated to start the season Sept. 5.

This part of the countdown includes former Bison quarterback Easton Stick, wide receiver Darrius Shepherd, linebacker Nick DeLuca, linebacker Jabril Cox, fullback Andrew Bonnet and linebacker Ramon Humber.

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41: Former Bison linebacker MJ Stumpf, who wore No. 41, developed into multiple-year starter for NDSU. The Bison were 41 days out from a potential opener July 26.

42: Former Bison linebacker Jabril Cox, who wore No. 42, was a dynamic playmaker for the NDSU defense in his three years as a starter. Cox transferred to LSU this offseason.

43: The Bison earned a 43-17 victory against Robert Morris in 2010 to earn their first FCS playoff victory.

44: The No. 44 has been worn by multiple Bison greats at linebacker, including Preston Evans and Ramon Humber. Humber went on to have a successful NFL career.

45: Former Bison linebacker Chad Willson played a key role in helping NDSU win its first FCS national championship during the 2011 season.

46: Former Bison fullback Andrew Bonnet, who wore No. 46, had flowing hair and a penchant for hurdling would-be tacklers.

47: Former Bison linebacker Pierre Gee-Tucker became a fixture at outside linebacker in his final two seasons. Gee-Tucker played a role in a key defensive touchdown in a win at Iowa during the 2016 season.

48: Former Bison linebacker Matt Anderson, who wore No. 48, had one of the biggest plays of his career in and FBS victory at Kansas during the 2010 season.

49: Former Bison linebacker Nick DeLuca, who wore No. 48, had a dynamic career for the Bison with many memorable moments.

50: Former Bison quarterback Easton Stick fired a 50-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Darrius Shepherd on a third-and-long play against James Madison to help NDSU win the FCS championship for the 201 7 season.