The were little holes to be found in the thundering herd as they played sound football on both sides of the ball in a 66-7 victory over Prairie View A&M.
FARGO - North Dakota State didn't take long to set the tone Saturday afternoon against Prairie View A&M. The Bison quickly put the Panthers away in the first half and had a huge 59-0 lead after 3 quarters.
Brock Jensen hit a tip-toeing Zach Vraa in the front corner of the endzone for an 11 yard touchdown strike just 3 minutes and 30 seconds into the game to cap a 5 play 55 yard drive on NDSU's first possession to put the Bison up 7-0. It was Vraa's first collegiant touchdown.
One play later, Ricky Hagen sacked Panthers quarterback De'Auntre Smiley, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Brian Schaetz on the PVAM 16 yard line. Adam Keller connected on a 24 yard field goal to give NDSU a 10-0 lead just 5 minutes into the game.
Jensen and Vraa hooked up 5 times in the first quarter, including a long strike when Vraa ran underneath a Jensen bomb down the middle of the field. Vraa broke a tackle on his way into the endzone to cap the 69 yard strike, putting NDSU up 17-0 midway through the first quarter. And...it didn't stop there.
Early in the second quarter, Jensen rolled to his right, and found Nate Moody who made an acrobatic catch to record his first career touchdown, putting NDSU up 24-0.
The Bison ground game got into the action with 10:18 left before the half when John Crockett found a hole and scampered 26 yards to push the lead to 31-0.
The Herd made it 38-0 when Sam Ojuri dove into the endzone from 3 yards out with 3:24 to go before the half.
NDSU's backups got into the action before the half when reserve quarterback Carson Wentz through a 10 yard touchdown to Taylor Nelson making it a 45-0 halftime lead.
While the North Dakota State Offense was putting points on the board, it's firs-team defense was even more impressive. NDSU held the Panthers to just 45 total yards in the first half, and controlled the running game, limiting Prairie View to only 12 yards rushing. PVAM had just 1 first down in the first half.