Bison bounce back in 4th Quarter with two touchdowns and a 23-17 win against SIU
FARGO - With just a month left in regular season, the Missouri Valley Football Conference Championship is still up for grabs with the Bison looking to climb into the top spot with a win against Southern Illinois.
The Bison won the opening coin toss and deferred to the second half, giving the Salukis the ball first.
SIU drove downfield and scored the first points of the game on a 32 yard touchdown pass from Kory Faulkner to LaSteven McKinney after a controversial call when the Bison appeared to have forced a turnover on downs, but the referres claimed SIU called a timeout before the play actually happened, allowing them another shot at converting 4th down.
The Bison quickly tied things up in the second quarter with a Brock Jensen quarterback sneak into the endzone making the score 7-7.
The Bison were looking to strike again when SUI cornerback Tyler Williamson sacked and stripped Jensen at the SIU 36-yard-line and was picked up by Brandon Williams who returned it all the way for a Saluki defensive touchdown.
The Herd looked to be heading into halftime trailing by a touchdown, but with a minute left in the half Jensen found Ryan Smith for a 58 yard strike to the SIU 14-yard -line.
SIU's defense stood tall and held the Bison to a field goal making it a four point game at halftime.
Southern Illinois' special teams took the spotlight in the 3rd quarter blocking an Adam Keller 47-yard field goal attempt and recovering the ball in NDSU territory.
The Bison defense stepped up again and held SIU to a field goal and keeping it a one score game.
SIU looked to have all the momentum when Brock Jensen connected with Andrew Oakland for 50 yards and has the Herd looking to strike heading into the 4th quarter.
Derrick Lang tied things up with a two yard run into the endzone with 12:38 left in the 4th Quarter. It didn't take the Bison long to strike again when John Crockett led NDSU to a lead with a five-yard run with 5:24 remaining. But a missed extra point left the game in the balance with the Bison leading 23-17.
The All-American cornerback Marcus Williams put an end to any Saluki hope with another pick.
The Bison advanced to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.