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FCS power North Dakota State takes 25th straight win, 34-14 over Iowa State

  • North Dakota State wide receiver Zach Vraa tries to break a tackle by Iowa State defensive back Sam E. Richardson (4) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    North Dakota State wide receiver Zach Vraa tries to break a tackle by Iowa State defensive back Sam E. Richardson (4) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • North Dakota State safety Christian Dudzik, left, is tackled by Iowa State offensive linesman Jacob Gannon after intercepting a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    North Dakota State safety Christian Dudzik, left, is tackled by Iowa State offensive linesman Jacob Gannon after intercepting a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iowa wide receiver Matt Vandeberg is upended by Northern Iowa defensive back Tate Omli on a kickoff return during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)

    Iowa wide receiver Matt Vandeberg is upended by Northern Iowa defensive back Tate Omli on a kickoff return during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)  (The Associated Press)

John Crockett ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns and FCS power North Dakota State opened the season with its 25th straight victory, beating Iowa State 34-14 on Saturday.

The Bison lost 12 starters and their head coach after winning their third straight FCS championship last season, but they looked just as efficient as ever under new coach Chris Klieman, rallying from a 14-0 deficit for their fifth consecutive victory against FCS competition.

Crockett charged through a hole in the middle of the line and sped 80 yards for his team's first touchdown early in the second quarter — the longest run of his career — and the Bison dominated from then on.

Carson Wentz, the backup quarterback the last two seasons, showed impressive poise as he picked apart an inexperienced Iowa State defense and finished 18 of 28 for 204 yards with no interceptions.