North Dakota State used a stifling defensive effort to clamp down on a 27-3 victory over Missouri State Saturday afternoon at Robert W. Plaster Stadium. The Bison forced four turnovers and limited MSU to just 30 rushing yards, while the NDSU offense rolled up 269 yards on the ground to overcome a strong start by the Bears (3-2, 1-1 MVFC).
NDSU (5-0, 2-0 MVFC) overcame a sluggish start that saw MSU take a 3-0 lead into the second quarter, thanks in large part to a defense that held the Bison to just one first down and minus-six yards in the opening quarter.
Matt Plank totaled 6.0 tackles, including three of NDSU’s 11 tackles for losses, and King Frazier rushed for a game-high 126 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead a Bison offense that outgained the Bears by a 428-176 margin in total offense.
Over the final three periods, the Bison gashed the Bears for 275 rushing yards and controlled the football for just under 27 of the remaining 45 minutes.
Up next, Missouri State hosts Western Illinois next Saturday (Oct. 17) for a 2 p.m. homecoming match-up at Robert W. Plaster Stadium.
Story courtesy of Missouri State Athletics