Today’s Nerd Stat focuses on the number 98 because it was significant for two games last season:
Countdown To 2013: NerdStat Number 98:
- 98; that’s the number of yards that Marcus Williams returned Kurt Hess’ pass against Youngstown State in 2012 for a touchdown; a huge momentum swing as the Penguins were driving to tie the game up at 14. Instead; Williams put NDSU up 21-7 on the way to a score that surprised nearly everyone in attendance that day in a game of 1 vs 3 in the country; 48-7, that was Williams 4th career pick six (Eastern Washington, Minnesota, Western Illinois and YSU).
- 98 is also the number of the yardage that Williams had in his kickoff return vs Illinois State in the season finale of 2012. This was another huge momentum swing and Williams just seems to find these spots; NDSU was down 14-0 to the Redbirds and he took the next kickoff back for a touchdown; the 2nd time he’s done that; Missouri State in 2011 the other; and put the Bison right back in the game, Williams has a stunning 7 touchdowns in his career (4 INT, 2 Kickoff returns, Lateral TD).