UND forces late, critical turnover, edges past No. 24 Sam Houston State
GRAND FORKS — In a back and forth battle, the University of North Dakota held off a fourth-quarter run from No. 24 ranked Sam Houston State, defeating the Bearkats 27-23 in NCAA Division I FCS play at the Alerus Center on Saturday.
On North Dakota's second possession of the game, wide receiver Garett Maag caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Zimmerman to give the Fighting Hawks a 7-0 lead. UND added on to the lead after running back Brock Boltmann took off for a 56-yard score with 2 minutes, 43 seconds left in the first quarter.
SHSU responded in the second quarter with a pair of touchdowns from Eric Schmid, who rushed for a five-yard score, and completed a 10-yard pass to Dee Bowens. The game was tied at 14 at the half.
UND added 13 points from a five-yard James Johannesson run and a Travis Toivonen eight-yard reception from Tommy Schuster, who was brought in at quarterback for Zimmerman in the first quarter as UND led 27-14 after three.
After a touchdown and safety from SHSU cut the lead to five, the Bearkats marched down to the UND 10-yard line when Eric Schmid fumbled, as UND's Jalen Morrison recovered, sealing the win.
Fighting Hawks QB Tommy Shuster completed 17 passes for 165 yards with one touchdown and one interception, while Noah Wanzek caught nine passes for 109 yards.
North Dakota (2-1) will travel to Cheney, Wash., to take on Eastern Washington (1-2) at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.