Boxscore
North Dakota State 37, Minnesota 24
Saturday, September 24, 2011 7:00 PM
Location - TCF Bank Stadium
Attendance - 48802

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
North Dakota State 0 28 3 6 37
Minnesota 7 7 3 7 24

Recap


Going forward, Minnesota might want to put North Dakota State on the “avoid” list.

The Bison defeated Minnesota 37-24 on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium, their second win in the last four years against the Gophers, who lost 27-21 in the last meeting in 2007.

North Dakota State, which entered with the top-ranked scoring offense and defense in FCS, took it to the Gophers from the get-go. The Bison led 28-14 at the half and extended their lead to 31-14 midway through the third on Ryan Jastram’s 49-yard field goal.

Behind Max Shortell, who took most of the second-half snaps in place of the ineffective Marqueis Gray, the Gophers (1-3) cut the lead to 31-24 on Eric Lair’s 20-yard touchdown catch with 9:05 left.

After North Dakota State (3-0) missed a field goal on the ensuing possession, Minnesota took over at its own 20-yard line with less than 3 minutes left and a chance for a game-tying score. However, Shortell’s pass on second-and-10 was intercepted by Marcus Williams and returned for a touchdown.

It was the second interception returned for a touchdown by the Bison, who defeated another BCS opponent — Kansas — last season in their opener. Minnesota, meanwhile, lost for just the fourth time in 56 games against an FCS opponent and fell to 8-2 overall against North Dakota State.

Three different players scored rushing touchdowns for the Bison, including one from quarterback Brock Jensen, who also went 16-of-21 for 197 passing yards.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 8:39
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 7 - North Dakota State 0
2nd Quarter - 14:57
North Dakota State   TD  Minnesota 7 - North Dakota State 7
2nd Quarter - 7:30
North Dakota State   TD  Minnesota 7 - North Dakota State 14
2nd Quarter - 2:11
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 14 - North Dakota State 14
2nd Quarter - 0:24
North Dakota State   TD  Minnesota 14 - North Dakota State 21
2nd Quarter - 0:00
North Dakota State   TD  Minnesota 14 - North Dakota State 28
3rd Quarter - 6:25
North Dakota State   FG  Minnesota 14 - North Dakota State 31
3rd Quarter - 1:12
Minnesota   FG  Minnesota 17 - North Dakota State 31
4th Quarter - 9:05
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 24 - North Dakota State 31
4th Quarter - 2:36
North Dakota State   TD  Minnesota 24 - North Dakota State 37
TEAMS

Team Records

  North Dakota State Minnesota
W/L 1 - 0 - 0 1 - 3 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  North Dakota State Minnesota
Score 37 24
First Downs 17 18
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-9
67%
9-for-14
64%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
1-for-3
33%
Total Yards 336 292
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 28-139 41-168
Average/Rush 5.0 4.1
Passing
Comp-Att 16-21 9-20
Passing Yards 197 124
Average/Pass Play 9.4 5.0
Penalties-Yards 6-52 8-57
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Time of Possession 31:21 28:39

PLAYER STATS

North Dakota State (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
No Passing
Minnesota (1 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Shortell 4/8 71 1 1
M. Gray 5/12 53 0 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
No Rushing
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Bennett 13 74 5.7 0
D. Kirkwood 10 70 7.0 2
M. Gray 13 23 1.8 0
D. Cobb 1 3 3.0 0
M. Shortell 4 -2 -0.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
No receiving
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
E. Lair 2 41 20.5 1
D. McKnight 3 39 13.0 0
M. Jones 2 31 15.5 0
D. Bennett 1 9 9.0 0
M. Moulton 1 4 4.0 0
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