Saturday, September 17, 2016

NDSU Bison Defeat Iowa (13) at Iowa

September 17, 2016 04:17 PM

Cam Pedersen kicked a 37-yard field as time expired and North Dakota State pulled off a 23-21 upset of No. 13 Iowa on Saturday for its sixth straight win over an FBS opponent.

The Bison went for a 2-point conversion down 21-20 with 3:41 left, but couldn't punch it in. North Dakota State's defense then held, and quarterback Easton Stick's 29-yard run put the Bison in position for the biggest win in school history.

The loss was just the fourth by a ranked FBS team to an FCS school. North Dakota State isn't just another Football Championship Subdivision team, though. The Bison have won the last five FCS national titles.

Against the Hawkeyes, they ran for 239 yards and held Iowa to 231 total yards.

"Am I shocked that we lost? Yeah, to an extent. But these guys came ready to play," Iowa defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson said.

Stick had 124 yards passing and a touchdown for the Bison (3-0), who also snapped Iowa's nine-game home winning streak.

C.J. Beathard had three TD passes for Iowa (2-1). But the Hawkeyes ran for just 34 yards on 25 carries.

"I thought we'd be able to run the ball a little bit better just because that's what we do," Beathard said.


Iowa: The Hawkeyes can forget about the playoffs. Barring something extraordinary, it's tough to imagine the committee letting in a team that lost to an FCS school - even one as talented as North Dakota State.

North Dakota State: North Dakota State is FCS is name only. The Bison's blocking at every position was exactly how coaches draw it up, and they didn't commit a penalty in the first half. North Dakota State might not lose again all season - and a sixth straight FCS title is a distinct possibility.

North Dakota State continued its incredible streak of beating teams from college football’s top division when it downed 13th-ranked Iowa 23-21 thanks to a last-second field goal.

The Bison had attempted to win with a two-point conversion minutes before, but failed. It’s the first time NDSU has beaten a ranked team in the school’s history; it’s Iowa’s first-ever loss to an FCS team.

The last FBS team to topple NDSU was Iowa State, way back in 2009. The Bison have now beaten six FBS teams in a row.

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