(Note: We’re counting down the top 10 plays of the NDSU football season as part of our FCS Championship coverage.)
Iowa State looked like a Big 12 Conference team playing an FCS foe when it took a 14-0 lead on NDSU in the season opener, the second touchdown on a drive that took just two plays to go 51 yards early in the second quarter. In perhaps one of the biggest booster-cable plays of the season for NDSU, John Crockett turned the tide of the game on the Bison’s first play following the kickoff. Getting a big kickout block from guard Austin Kuhnert, on a play where the Bison had both fullbacks in the game — Jedre Cyr led the initial surge of blocking after Andrew Bonnet went in motion as more of a tight end, and he helped take care of a Cyclone safety, Crockett found plenty of space up the middle and outran the Cyclone secondary for the touchdown. It was the first six points of 34 unanswered that got NDSU’s season off to a start in a big way.