CFB: Second-half surge lifts UND past Jacks

Photo: Brent Nathaniel

GRAND FORKS, N.D. ( – No. 14 North Dakota controlled the second half, scoring three touchdowns en route to a 28-17 victory over third-ranked South Dakota State Saturday afternoon at the Alerus Center.

SDSU finished with a 405-384 advantage in total offense as Mark Gronowski finished the afternoon 16-of-32 passing for 309 yards. Pierre Strong, Jr. led the Jackrabbits on the ground with 95 yards on 17 carries.

For UND, Tommy Schuster completed 20-of-32 passes for 184 yards, with Garett Maag catching five passes for 87 yards. Otis Weah finished with 88 rushing yards on 17 carries, with Luke Skokna adding 73 yards on 10 attempts.

Logan Backhaus tallied a game-high 11 tackles for the Jackrabbits. Preston Tetzlaff contributed a career-high 10 tackles and an interception.

Noah Larson paced UND with seven tackles, including a sack.

UND improved to 2-0 both overall and in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Jackrabbits dropped to 1-1.

The Jackrabbits are scheduled to open the home season next Saturday (March 6) by hosting Western Illinois. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.