In a re-match of the opening game of the season where the Bison came up short, they made sure to rectify things at home this afternoon in a 37-6 domination over Montana. The Bison defense came to play this afternoon forcing four interceptions and returning two for touchdowns. Both CJ Smith and Tre Dempsey had three pass break ups and an interception, plus freshmen Jalen Allison and Robbie Grimsley added interceptions on the day as well.
This NDSU defense held the Grizzly to only six rushing yards on 19 attempts and just didn't let the Grizz get anything going all day. The sufficating play from the Bison secondary had Montana's quarterback Brady Gustafson is a funk all game forcing him to make bad decision after bad decision and NDSU was able to convert those plays into two defensive touchdowns.
On offense, behind the strength of the offensive line NDSU was able to rush for over 250 yards on the ground again and controlled the time of possession throughout the game as the Bison had the ball for over 40 minutes of the 60 minute game. Easton Stick wasn't forced to throw the ball at ball accounting for only 13 attempts. On the other hand, the Bison ran 56 times on the day as Montana was never able to stop NDSU early on in downs.
NDSU will now face the winner of UNI and Portland State game tonight and it could potentially setup a rematch of the Missouri Valley rivals.