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WATCH: NDSU kicker Griffin Crosa gets a leg up on kicking competition

Bison get clarity at kicker spot, UND readies to defend Missouri State.

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North Dakota State’s Griffin Crosa kicks a point after against Delaware during their 2019 game in Newark, Del.
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FARGO — The NDSU football kicking situation has been an area of uncertainty, but we might have some answers after last weekend's game in South Dakota.

Junior kicker Griffin Crosa made two field goals in the 34-17 win. The first was from 26 yards out to tie the game and the second was a 25-yarder in the 4th quarter to give the bison a two-possession lead and earn him MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

The thing that I thought he was battling early in fall camp, which has continued to improve, was that he was driving the ball versus getting any lift on it. Even on some short firld goals in practice," Entz said.

"You throw your hands it looked like it was going to get blocked and that was a concern, so we've worked hard. He's worked hard to try and get some more air underneath it and get that thing up quicker."

UND football is now 1-1 in conference play after a 34-17 loss at Southern Illinois, but they have any even tougher challenge at home this week against No. 7 Missouri State.

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Bears quarterback Jason Shelley is second in the Missouri Valley in total yards of offense. He could pose a problem for the Fighting Hawks defense.

"We need to contain him in the pocket. Don't let him scramble around," said senior defensive end Bartholomew Ogbu. "Don't let him get out of the pocket, because once he gets out he can hurt us with his legs.

"Also, just apply pressure on him. Make him uncomfortable. Get hits, get touches on him. Put hands in the passing lane and just be around him the whole game."

Cullen Holt is a sports anchor and reporter for WDAY News, while handling play-by-play duties for high school and select college sports.
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