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Zenner, Jackrabbits run by UND

FNS Photo by Eric Hylden South Dakota State's Zach Zenner rushes against the University of North Dakota to score a touchdown in the second half Saturday at the Alerus Center.

GRAND FORK -- For the first time in a while, it was Prime Time at the Alerus Center on Saturday night.

The University of North Dakota had hoped for top billing but there was no question as to the headline act. It was South Dakota State's Zach Zenner, a player who was as good as advertised.

Zenner led a dominating South Dakota State rushing attack, one that was the difference in the Jackrabbits' 35-28 win -- a game North Dakota had hoped would elevate the program to upper-echelon status in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

Instead, No. 6 SDSU left with its lofty ranking intact and UND still searching for its marquee win in the Division I era. But the consolation prize for UND was that it dug itself out of a 35-14 fourth-quarter hole and pushed the Jacks until the closing seconds.

"The one thing we learned about our football team is that we'll battle," UND coach Chris Mussman said. "But we didn't play well enough early on. We made too many mistakes against a really good football team. We made critical errors and they didn't. In my mind, that was the difference.

"But once we started playing the way we're capable of playing, we got ourselves back in the game."