Three Plays That Defined Emanuel’s NDSU Career

Three Plays That Defined Emanuel’s NDSU Career

Former NDSU defensive end Kyle Emanuel announced his retirement on his Twitter account Thursday. It was only a four-year run, and in a testament to how glorious of Bison teams he played on, he appeared in 63 NFL games to 61 at NDSU. The 61 tied Christian Dudzik for most NDSU career games played and also, although those records aren’t kept, most likely an FCS record.

It’s pretty tough to put together a list of top Emanuel Bison moments, but here is a look at three that helped change the course of Bison football history

— Jan. 4, 2014: Tied 7-7 in the FCS title game against Towson, Colten Heagle blocks Tigers’ 41-yard field goal attempt. Emanuel scooped it up and ran 59 yards to the 5-yard line, a play that was followed by a Ryan Smith touchdown on the next play and NDSU went on to win easily 35-7.
















— Oct. 29, 2011. NDSU was in the early stages of trying to topple Northern Iowa as a prominent program in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. If you could point to one play that turned it, this may have been it. With NDSU holding a precarious 17-13 lead late in the third quarter, linebacker Travis Beck forced a fumble on standout running back David Johnson. Emanuel was right on the spot taking the loose ball three yards for a touchdown, a key play in the 27-19 victory.


















— Nov. 15, 2014. With the Bison comfortably in front 28-3 at Missouri State, Emanuel put the dagger into this one with a 27-yard interception return in a run where he stiff-armed and ran over a couple of helpless Bear defenders. The Bison scored two plays later on a pass from Carson Wentz to Connor Wentz. Here’s a photo of Emanuel’s reaction on Mo State’s “White Out” day in Springfield, Mo.

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