Disecting the 3-4

Disecting the 3-4

Rocky’s in town and that’s all cool and fine and dandy. It’s been a big story all week as well as it should. The guy is only the winningest head football coach in NDSU history.

What I’m looking forward to on Saturday, however, is to see how NDSU is going to attack Northeastern’s 3-4 defense. It’s an odd look these days in the college game with UND being one of the few programs that still run it.

And the Sioux have done it for years and done it well. So what does this have to do with Rocky Bowl? NDSU’s best performance against the Sioux came in a 1995 first round playoff game when the Bison gave UND’s 3-4 a different look. They ran an unbalanced offensive set and had a center that controlled UND’s noseguard. The Sioux evidently did not adjust to the overloaded look on one side.

The result was Reggie Scott running for 155 yards and Kevin Feeney for 135 and the Bison won 41-10.

So, the key for NDSU tomorrow will be for center Zach Harrington to have a big game. He needs to control the Northeastern noseguard so the Bison can go ahead and run the rest of the play. If NDSU has a big offensive day, I’m already casting my vote for the Chevrolet Player of the Game for Harrington. 

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