With the news that Carson Wentz has a significant wrist injury and likely will be out of the lineup, and how this season has developed so far, there are many striking similarities to the 2010 Bison.
Let’s go back to October 9th, 2010. Brock Jensen was starting his third straight game, coming off a home loss to Western Illinois, playing on the road at Youngstown State. Jensen was sacked to the turf and in the process, his collarbone was broken. Jensen was replaced by Jose Mohler, who rallied NDSU to a crazy 34-29 win and put NDSU at 4-2 on the season.
NDSU played another road game the following week and lost at Illinois State and put them at 4-3 on the season. The Bison then had to win out to make the postseason, they won three straight games over Indiana State, Southern Illinois and South Dakota State to put them at 7-3. The hiccup came at Missouri State, when Jensen returned to the lineup (and was hurt again), the infamous 3-0 game, as the Bison finished 7-4, but made the playoffs, thanks to their win over Kansas.
The similarities between 2010 and ’15 are striking. Several true freshmen played in 2010 (Williams, Olson, Turner, Heagle, R.Smith) and then throw in a redshirt freshman at quarterback (Jensen). Now look at 2015. True freshmen that have played (Anderson, Grimsley, D. Williams and Pedersen). And now it appears another redshirt freshman will play at quarterback in Easton Stick.
The test to see if the similarities between 2010 and ’15 begins on Saturday. We’ll see how NDSU responds.