North Dakota State got contributions from offense, defense and special teams Saturday in knocking off seventh ranked Illinois State, 28-14. The offense and special teams came from the same man, Darrius Shepherd, who combined to rack up 229 yards from scrimmage, whether it was receiving or punt return yardage.
The Bison defense forced two Redbird turnovers as Robbie Grimsley and Jalen Allison came up with interceptions. ISU standout running back James Robinson was held in check in the first half, got some running room in the second half, finishing with 128 yards and a touchdown.
Easton Stick completed 13 of 22 passes for 207 yards, added 70 yards on the ground to lead the team. Lance Dunn rushed for three touchdowns, he carried the ball 19 times, as standout senior Bruce Anderson missed the game with a hamstring injury.
NDSU improves to 7-0 on the season, the fifth time the Bison have reached that mark in the last eight years. With Northern Iowa knocking off South Dakota State, the Bison lead UNI and then there are four teams with 2-2 marks in conference play.
Jeff Kolpack, Eric Peterson, Mike McFeely and Dom Izzo recap the Bison win and look at how things are starting to shake out on the national picture.