The cut-and-dried key to the game

Jordan Johnson

I’m not going to need the Father of Football to dissect the key to this game: rushing the football. That’s it.

Specifically for NDSU, stopping the Grizzlies’ running game is probably priority A and there’s no need to look further than the Montana stats this season. Wyoming shut the Griz down to just 42 yards rushing forcing quarterback Jordan Johnson to the air. He completed 24 of 45 for 185 yards and the Cowboys took a 17-12 win.

Last week, the Griz ground game got going against South Dakota to the tune of over 200 yards. It meant Johnson only had to attempt 27 passes with 16 completions. Statistically anyway, it’s apparent that Johnson’s comfort zone in the passing department does not match that of Eastern Washington’s Vernon Adams, who would think nothing of putting up 50 attempts per game. Johnson’s game is all about controlling the offense and putting his guys in the right spots. It’s called balance.

If it sounds familiar to NDSU fans, it should. It’s what Brock Jensen did so well, especially his last couple of years. Jensen’s passing stats weren’t eye popping, but the almighty statistic of games won was. So if Johnson needs 25 passing attempts or less, it could be a good day for the Grizzlies. If he’s winging it 40 to 50 times, it could be a good day for the Bison.

Bison Video Blog: Dylan Miller Commits to NDSU Basketball

It’s a heavy football time, but the men’s basketball team is making some waves, Dave Richman has locked up his first verbal commitment for the Class of 2015 in Hillsboro, Illinois big man Dylan Miller. Miller is 6’8, he averaged 17 points per game to go along with 10 rebound a game and his high school head coach Joe Vanzo believes he can come in and play right away. NDSU is going to be a young team for a couple years, the Bison have eleven players on this year’s roster that are sophomores or younger. NDSU has just three scholarships for 2015, provided nobody leaves, so that leaves two. Here’s my interview with Vanzo, and a link to Jeff’s story on Miller committing.


 

My FCS Sports Network Poll – Week 3

  1. North Dakota State       (3-0, beat Incarnate Word)
  2. Eastern Washington      (2-1, BYE)
  3. Montana                       (2-1, beat South Dakota)
  4. Southeastern Louisiana  (2-1, lost at Tulane)
  5. Coastal Carolina           (3-0, beat South Carolina St.)
  6. McNeese State            (1-1, beat Prairie View)
  7. New Hampshire           (1-1, beat Lehigh)
  8. Jacksonville State        (1-1, BYE)
  9. Villanova                     (1-1, BYE)
  10. South Dakota State    (2-1, won at Southern Utah)
  11. Northern Iowa             (0-2, lost at Hawaii)
  12. Bethune-Cookman     (2-0, beat Grambling State)
  13. Fordham                    (2-1, beat Rhode Island)
  14. Tennessee State       (2-1, beat Jackson State)
  15. William & Mary         (2-1, beat Norfolk State)
  16. Montana State         (2-1, beat Central Arkansas)
  17. Richmond               (2-1, beat Hampton)
  18. Southern Illinois       (3-0, beat SE Missouri St)
  19. Youngstown State   (2-1, beat Butler)
  20. Eastern Kentucky   (3-0, beat Morehead St)
  21. Chattanooga         (1-2, beat Austin Peay)
  22. Northern Arizona   (2-1, beat New Mexico Highlands)
  23. Illinois State          (2-0, beat Eastern Illinois)
  24. Maine                   (1-1, lost to Bryant)
  25. Delaware             (2-1, beat Colgate)

FCS Sunday Night Ramblings – Week 3

What a weekend to recap and we’ve got plenty to talk about, including the great start by the Missouri Valley in non-conference play, what does that mean when Valley play begins? Join us at 10 Central!

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FCS Top 25 talk

My ballot for Sports Network top 25 media poll today:

North Dakota State

Eastern Washington

Montana

Southeastern Louisiana

Northern Iowa

McNeese State

Villanova

New Hampshire

Coastal Carolina

Youngstown State

South Dakota State

Southern Illinois

Eastern Kentucky

Bethune-Cookman

Delaware

Montana State

Northern Arizona

William & Mary

Illinois State

Fordham

Richmond

Indiana State

Albany

Abilene Christian

Central Arkansas

Bison PostGame Show vs Incarnate Word

Still going strong after being awake for 17 hours, but I know you guys count on the PostGame Shows each and every week, so here’s this weeks after NDSU’s 27th straight win, 58-0 over Incarnate Word. Join Jeff, Big E and me as we break down the game and look at what happened downtown as well.


NDSU-the Incarnate Word live blog

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