Johannesson's record-setting run lifts UND over Sac State

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--After a 90-yard touchdown run, University of North Dakota running back James Johannesson headed to his sideline. As teammates patted him on the back, Johannesson leaned over and puked. "Haven't ran that far for a while," Johan...
James Johannesson

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-After a 90-yard touchdown run, University of North Dakota running back James Johannesson headed to his sideline.

As teammates patted him on the back, Johannesson leaned over and puked.

"Haven't ran that far for a while," Johannesson said.

The 6-foot-1, 250-pound junior from Fargo South High School did a lot of running late Saturday night. Johannesson ran for 213 yards, Brady Oliveira ran for 171 and the team rushed for 480 en route to a 41-15 win over Sacramento State in an FCS college footbala game at Hornet Stadium.

"Absolute horses," said UND quarterback Nate Ketteringham, who returned to Sacramento State for the first time since transferring from the Hornets after his sophomore season. "They dominated the defense in the second half. James ran for 90 yards, puked his lights out and it was funny as hell. I'm proud of them."

Johannesson's 19.4 yards per carry on his 11 attempts were a school record. The Hawks were 32 yards short of the program record for rushing yards in a game. Johannesson's 90-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the longest run in UND's Division I history.

The Fighting Hawks, who improved to 5-2, beat an opponent by more than 20 points for the third-straight week-something UND hadn't done since the start of the 2005 season.

"We have to play better football than we did tonight," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "We overcame a lot of self-inflicted wounds. We'll take it, enjoy the win but we had a lot of miscues."

It didn't come easy early for UND. The Hawks had to overcome a number of gaffes before pulling away.

A Johannesson 38-yard run led to a 26-yard Oliveira touchdown run in which the senior from Winnipeg carried multiple defenders into the end zone. The Oliveira score, his third of the game, pushed the UND lead to 27-15.

"Our backs, when they get in the secondary, are hard to bring down," Schweigert said. "Our guys up front did a nice job springing those guys. It was tough sledding early, but we wore on them."

Ketteringham finished 9-for-16 for 124 yards and an interception.

UND hosts Weber State on Saturday.

"If you're a competitor, you want to play the best," Oliveira said. "Right now, they're ranked high and it's going to be one heck of a game."