Brookings, SD – No. 1 for sure.
On a day of terrific matchups across the FCS Saturday, two-time defending national champion North Dakota State left no doubt to its top ranking by thoroughly dominating No. 6 South Dakota State, 20-0, in the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both teams.
NDSU (4-0, 1-0) posted its second straight shutout, having beaten Delaware State, 51-0, last Saturday. The Bison also stopped SDSU's nine-game home winning streak while retaining the Dakota Marker Game's traveling trophy.
The Bison limited SDSU (3-2, 0-1) to nine first downs and 124 yards of offense, while sacking Jackrabbits quarterback Austin Sumner seven times. Jackrabbits running back Zach Zenner entered the game with the most rushing yards in the FCS, but had only four on eight carries.
Playing before a Coughlin-Alumni Stadium record crowd of 16,498, NDSU took a 7-0 lead on quarterback Brock Jensen's 1-yard run with 8:47 left in the second quarter.
Jensen also scored the game's final touchdown on a 1-yard carry. Earlier in the fourth quarter, John Crockett scored on a 14-yard run.
Sam Ojuri accounted for 113 of NDSU's 262 yards on the ground. Crockett and Jensen added 76 and 61 yards, respectively.
SDSU linebacker R.C. Kilgore had a career-high 17 tackles in the loss.