FARGO – The video tribute to No. 25 hit the Fargodome video boards with 10 minutes, 13 seconds left in the first quarter. It had all the classic memories of fullback Tyler Jangula, from a touchdown reception, to a crunching block to the physical specimen that he was at practice.
Add the touching music and it had to be tough for those who knew him the best like NDSU assistant coaches Tyler Roehl and Tim Polasek, who played with him and coached him. Jangula died suddenly last winter at the age of 28.
This weekend, his former teammates and friends are making sure No. 25 will not be forgotten. They orchestrated a highly successful fundraising event netting over $10,000 for an athletic scholarship in Jangula's name. The golf tournament on Friday had almost 100 players in a day that ended with a silent auction and goodwill concert at Chub's Pub, a bar in north Fargo where Jangula once worked.
The good feelings with No. 25 didn't stop inside Gate City Bank Field, either. The video that captured the attention of the 18,801 fans was transformed into the body of Bison running back Chase Morlock, whose career day helped defeat Weber State 41-14.
Fittingly, Morlock wears No. 25.
"I learned a lot about him from coach Roehl," Morlock said of Jangula. "I know he was a great guy and coach Roehl made him sound like he was exactly what Bison pride is. I know it's been tough for that family and lot of Bison nation so my condolences go out to that family. It's just a tough loss."
Jangula played from 2005-08. Morlock is just past the halfway point in his Bison career as a junior, and it's becoming obvious he'll be a big piece of this season. Last spring, NDSU put in some formations to use his running and receiving ability and we saw those in action against Weber.
He was the top receiver with seven catches for 136 yards. He was the leading rusher with 76 yards on eight carries. Those 212 all-purpose yards were too much for the Wildcats.
"Morlock is a good player, we thought he was a good player last year and he proved it again today," said Weber head coach Jay Hill. "A lot of his big plays were self-inflicted wounds from us. You have to give him credit, he made the plays but we were losing our eyes in coverage and we didn't do a good job of tackling."
Weber lost him in coverage on a 55-yard pass from quarterback Carson Wentz that made it 14-7 early in the second quarter. They didn't tackle him when he took a short screen pass and ran 47 yards for another touchdown and a 21-7 advantage.
Also note this: it's hard to tackle a guy who is 220 pounds and can run like Morlock.
"That's my best friend," said a smiling Wentz, of the short pass. "All I do is throw it three yards and he does the rest of the work and I get all the passing yards. It's a pretty sweet deal if you ask me."
The 47-yarder came on a third-and-16 play that ended up being the backbreaker for Weber. The half ended at 28-7 and for the most part, any of that title mojo that disappeared in the smoky Montana mountains reappeared in a place where the Bison have now won 24 straight - the longest home winning streak in Division I FBS or FCS.
"It's fun to play at home," said head coach Chris Klieman.
It was fun for the Bison coach to see a physical second half offense. It was fun for him to see a rushing attack that got 305 yards. The defense gave up one long touchdown pass and special teams gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown, but other than that, Weber showed very little of the team that pushed Pac-12 team Oregon State to the fourth quarter last week.
Certainly, the Beavers didn't have somebody play like Morlock.
"He's bigger, stronger and faster this year," Klieman said. "And at 220 pounds, he's hard to bring down one on one. And as we saw last year, he can run away from people, too."
NDSU will still go to the four running back rotation for a while. But nobody has more of the playbook than Morlock.
"Chase was a beast today," Wentz said.
No. 25 would have approved.