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UND hangs on in shootout

North Dakota 42, Western Washington 32 - The story: UND's Josh Murray runs for 219 yards. GRAND FORKS, N.D. - After last season's record-breaking game at Western Washington, the University of North Dakota didn't want another shootout. Once again,...

North Dakota 42, Western Washington 32

- The story: UND's Josh Murray runs for 219 yards.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - After last season's record-breaking game at Western Washington, the University of North Dakota didn't want another shootout.

Once again, though, passes were completed, runners slipped by defenders, the chains kept moving and points were put on the scoreboard with regularity.

The Sioux survived a second straight high-scoring game against Western Washington, holding on for a 42-32 win Saturday before 12,164 homecoming fans in the Alerus Center.

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The latest shootout didn't rival last season's 63-42 UND win in Bellingham, Wash., but both teams held the pedal to the metal for much of the rematch.

UND's performance lacked sharpness at times, but it was effective enough to improve the Sioux to 5-1.

"A win is a win, and I guess that's all you can ask for," UND cornerback Drake Otto said. "But this is the most disappointing win we've had this season. Something was missing. I don't know if it was the two bye weeks or whether it was something else."

W. Washington 14 0 10 8 - 32

North Dakota 7 14 14 7 - 42

NDAK - Murray 24 run (Hellevang kick)

WeWa - McCann 26 pass from Perry (Lider kick)

WeWa - McCann 52 pass from Perry (Lider kick)

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NDAK - Nicholas 31 pass from Freund (Hellevang kick)

NDAK - Murray 6 run (Hellevang kick)

NDAK - Nicholas 33 pass from Freund (Hellevang kick)

WeWa - Hekker 2 pass from Perry (Lider kick)

NDAK - Trenbeath 2 pass from Freund (Hellevang kick)

WeWa - FG Lider 41

NDAK - Solum 2 run (Hellevang kick)

WeWa - Clark 1 pass from Perry (McKee pass from Perry)

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A - 12,164.

WeWa NDAK

First downs 26 24

Rushes-yards 37-107 39-248

Passing 374 181

Comp-Att-Int 24-38-1 14-22-0

Return Yards 9 4

Punts-Avg. 3-27.0 3-43.3

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-2

Penalties-Yards 5-35 5-55

Time of Possession 32:33 27:27

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: W. Washington, Eldridge 26-110, Sampson 5-18, Copsey 1-2, Perry 5-(minus 23). North Dakota, Murray 26-219, Solum 6-12, Bamba 1-8, Freund 4-7, Trenbeath 1-2, Team 1-0.

PASSING: W. Washington, Perry 24-37-1-374, Team 0-1-0-0. North Dakota, Freund 14-22-0-181.

RECEIVING: W. Washington, McCann 6-179, Eldridge 6-88, McKee 4-45, Copsey 4-44, Hekker 2-8, Dallas 1-9, Clark 1-1. North Dakota, Nicholas 4-81, Murray 4-37, Trenbeath 3-24, Caufield 1-15, Solum 1-13, Konrath 1-11.

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