North Dakota State 38, Youngstown State 14

YSU 0 0 7 7–14

NDSU 14 14 3 7–38

First quarter

NDSU: Zach Vraa 18 pass from Carson Wentz (Adam Keller kick), 11 minutes, 27 seconds remaining.

Drive: 4 plays, 33 yards, 1:45.

Key plays: NDSU’s Carlton Littlejohn recovers fumble forced by free safety Christian Dudzik on YSU wide receiver Jelani Berassa, after Berassa appeared to pick up first down on third-and-13. Chase Morlock gains 10 yards to the 20.

NDSU 7, YSU 0.

NDSU: Wentz 17 run (Keller kick), 4:55.

Drive: 2 plays, 20 yards, :47.

Key plays: Dudzik part of another turnover, this time picking off Wells pass on third-and-10 and returning it 31 yards to the 20. Touchdown comes on second-and-7.

NDSU 14, YSU 0.

Second quarter

NDSU: Andrew Bonnet 9 pass from Wentz (Keller kick), 4:40.

Drive: 7 plays, 61 yards, 4:08.

Key plays: Unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Youngstown bench on punt return gives Bison ball at their own 39-yard line. Wentz and Bonnet combine for 18 yards to the 39. Holding forces first-and-20, but Wentz gains 32 yards on second-and-15 to the 12.

NDSU 21, YSU 0.

NDSU: Crockett 4 run (Keller kick), :29.

Drive: 7 plays, 29 yards, 3:56.

Key plays: Bison linebacker Nick DeLuca picks off Wells pass on YSU’s first play following Bison touchdown. Double reverse fumble loses 24 yards for NDSU, but Bison overcome third-and-20 with 20-yard run by Wentz to the 19. Crockett gains 11 yards to the 8.

NDSU 28, YSU 0.

Third quarter

NDSU: FG Keller 30, 9:14.

Drive: 13 plays, 62 yards, 5:46.

Key plays: Crockett gets first down with six-yard to the Youngstown 49-yard line. King Frazie picks up first down with seven yards to the 35. Wentz to Vraa gets 10 yards to the 25. Tyler Wrice takes sweep to the 14.

NDSU 31, YSU 0.

YSU: Nate Adams 1 pass from Hunter Wells (Joey Cejudo kick), 4:19.

Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 4:55.

Key plays: Wells hits Andrew Williams for 21 yards to the YSU 46-yard line. Those two combine for 11 yards to the Bison 41. Running back Martin Ruiz gains 14 yards to the 27. Ryan Moore gains 16 yards to the 4. Touchdown comes on third-and-1.

NDSU 31, YSU 7.

Fourth quarter

NDSU: Frazier 10 run (Keller kick), 9:08.

Drive: 5 plays, 72 yards, 2:17.

Key plays: Dudzik gets his second interception picking off fourth-and-9 pass by Wells. Crockett runs 14 yards to the 42. Wentz hits Gebhart for 11 yards to the Penguin 47. Crockett gains 34 yards to the 10.

NDSU 38, YSU 7.

YSU: Andrew Williams 6 pass from Wells (Cejudo kick), 3:08.

Drive: 16 plays, 75 yards, 6:00.

Key plays: Wells hits Williams for seven yards on third-and-4. Ryan Moore gains eight yards on third-and-3 to the Bison 36. Wells finds I’Tavious Harvin for 10 yards to the 24 on third-and-8. Wells and Christian Bryan combine for 12 yards on third-and-11 to the 13.

NDSU 38, YSU 14.

Team statistics

YSU NDSU

First downs 14 25

Rushes-yards 32-81 49-353

Yards passing 135 126

Passes 15-26-3 12-19-1

Total yards 216 479

Punts-avg. 4-43.5 1-59.0

Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-1

Sacked-yards lost 2-13 1-3

Penalties-yards 3-28 7-65

Possession time 26:38 33:22

Individual statistics

Youngstown State

Rushing No. Yds. Long TD

Ryan Moore 7 44 16 0

Martin Ruiz 18 33 14 0

Andre Stubbs 1 9 9 0

Jody Webb 4 8 5 0

Hunter Wells 2 -13 0 0

Team totals 32 81 16 0

Receiving No. Yds. Long TD

Andrew Williams 7 69 21 1

Christian Bryan 3 32 13 0

I’Tavious Harvin 1 10 10 0

Jelani Berassa 1 10 10 0

Andre Stubbs 1 7 7 0

Martin Ruiz 1 6 6 0

Nate Adams 1 1 1 1

Team totals 15 135 21 2

Passing Comp Att Yds. Int. TD

Joey Cejudo 15 26 135 3 2

Team totals 15 26 135 3 2

Tackles (solo-assisted-total)

D’Alesio 5-8-13, Nwadiogbu 3-10-13, Kelly 6-4-10, Moore 4-6-10, Da. Rivers 6-1-7, Te. Williams 2-2-4, Brown 1-3-4, D. Williams 1-2-3, Spencer 1-1-2, Childs 1-1-2, Kromah 0-2-2, Tr. Williams 1-0-1, De. Rivers 0-1-1, Ruiz 0-1-1.

Sacks: Te. Williams 1.

Interceptions: Childs 1.

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North Dakota State

Rushing No. Yds. Long TD

John Crockett 28 168 34 1

Carson Wentz 8 120 41 1

King Frazier 7 45 10 1

Chase Morlock 3 25 11 0

TEAM 1 -2 -2 0

Tyler Wrice 2 -3 11 0

Team totals 49 353 41 3

Receiving No. Yds. Long TD

Andrew Bonnet 3 43 18 1

Trevor Gebhart 2 35 15 0

Zach Vraa 2 28 18 1

Tyler Wrice 1 12 12 0

Chase Morlock 1 7 7 0

Jeff Illies 1 2 2 0

John Crockett 1 -1 -1 0

Team totals 12 126 18 2

Passing Comp Att Yds. Int. TD

Carson Wentz 12 19 126 1 2

Team totals 12 19 126 1 2

Tackles (solo-assisted-total)

Dudzik 5-3-8, Littlejohn 3-4-7, Emanuel 5-1-6, Depmsey 3-1-4, Champion 2-2-4, Thorton 2-2-4, DeLuca 2-2-4, Heagle 2-2-4, Ambrosius 2-1-3, Colvin 2-1-3, Tanguay 0-2-2, Schaetz 0-2-2, Hardie 1-0-1, Co. Wentz 1-0-1, Menard 1-0-1, Messner 1-0-1, Stumpf 0-1-1.

Sacks: Emanuel 1, Menard 1.

Interceptions: Dudzik 2, DeLuca 1.