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Ten Years Gone: The birth of 'UNI-loud' and how it changed NDSU games at the Fargodome forever

Northern Iowa and North Dakota State played a memorable game ten years ago this month that changed the fan perspective at the Fargodome

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Photo by Michael Vosburg/Forum Communications Co. John Pike of the Bison rolls after catching an interception against Northern Iowa Saturday in the Fargodome. NDSU won 27-19.
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There's a term former North Dakota State athletic director Gene Taylor had for loud games at the Fargodome.

"It wasn't UNI loud."

For a certain section of Bison football fans, they know exactly what he is talking about. October 29, 2011 is when everything changed for fans at the Fargodome. They became an active participant in Bison football games after that.

The scene heading into the game was perfect. Northern Iowa entered the game as the second ranked team in the country with a 6-1 record, poised to finally break thru and make a national championship game. NDSU entered ranked number three, fresh off a win at South Dakota State, but had yet to beat UNI as a D-I opponent, with three rather lopsided losses.


The buildup for the week was tremendous and the fans responded. 18,886 fans packed inside the Fargodome to get a glimpse of two of the best FCS teams in the country in 2011.

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The game lived up to the hype as NDSU led UNI 17-13 at the halftime break after two first half touchdowns from DJ McNorton.

The second half of the game changed late in the third quarter, when Travis Beck stripped UNI freshman running back David Johnson at the two yard line and redshirt freshman Kyle Emanuel scooped up the ball and scored a touchdown sending the Bison fans into delirium.

The Panthers trimmed the deficit to 24-19 on a Johnson touchdown, but NDSU put a short drive together, getting a Ryan Jastram field goal to seal the game, 27-19.


Former tight end Matt Veldman joins Dom Izzo to look back at this landmark win and what to meant to the program going forward, as NDSU won its first Division I title later that year.

You can watch past episodes of Ten Years Gone here.

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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