Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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FARGO—Easton Stick was nearly perfect Saturday afternoon, Nov. 11, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The North Dakota State quarterback completed 11 of 12 passes for a career-high 307 yards to help lift the No. 5-ranked Bison to a 49-14 victory against No. 10-ranked South Dakota in Missouri Valley Football Conference play before 18,623 fans on senior day.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio—North Dakota State kicker Cam Pedersen played hero again on the road in a heavyweight matchup. Pedersen booted a 36-yard field goal in overtime to lift the No. 2-ranked Bison to a 27-24 victory against No. 8-ranked Youngstown State on Saturday, Oct. 14, in Missouri Valley Football Conference play at Stambaugh Stadium. The Bison (6-0, 3-0 MVFC) remained unbeaten, handing the Penguins (3-3, 1-2) their second consecutive heartbreaking loss. YSU lost at South Dakota the previous weekend, also on a late field goal.
FARGO—North Dakota State played backward Saturday afternoon, Sept. 30, at the Fargodome. The run-heavy Bison went to the air early for offensive success. Junior quarterback Easton Stick passed for 121 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter to help spark No. 2-ranked NDSU to a 38-11 victory against Missouri State in Missouri Valley Football Conference play before 18,892 fans at Gate City Bank Field. "Anytime you can start like that and get into a rhythm I think it helps," Stick said.
FARGO—North Dakota State took a hit to its quarterback depth over the weekend. Bison head coach Chris Klieman said Monday he expects fifth-year senior backup Cole Davis will miss "at least four weeks" with a shoulder separation. Redshirt freshman Henry Van Dellen will be No. 2 on the depth chart behind junior starter Easton Stick. Davis injured his throwing shoulder in the third quarter of Saturday's home victory against Robert Morris, diving into the end zone on a 17-yard scoring run.
CHENEY, Wash.—North Dakota State offensive lineman Austin Kuhnert had smile on his face early Saturday evening, Sept. 9, standing in the end zone for postgame interviews. The 6-foot-4, 304-pound senior guard was responding to the amount of rushing yards the No. 2-ranked Bison churned on the red turf at Roos Field. "I did not think 375," Kuhnert said. "I knew we were going to put up a lot of rushing yards, but not 375."
FARGO—North Dakota State University set a new scoring standard for its football program during the NCAA Division I era Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Fargodome. The No. 2-ranked Bison racked up a record amount of points since the school moved to FCS in 2004, cruising to a 72-7 season-opening victory against Mississippi Valley State in nonconference play at Gate City Bank Field before a sellout crowd of 18,502 fans. "Guys made plays with the football," said Bison quarterback Easton Stick, who completed 5 of 5 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
FARGO—"The 4th String" was a first-stringer Friday night, Sept. 1, near the Fargodome. On the eve of the North Dakota State football season opener, that tailgating group was first in line to get into general admission. "Why would it not be worth it?" said John Kane of Fargo. "Big fans come out for big events. This is a big event. It's college football. We enjoy every bit of it."
FARGO—A face and name that has been synonymous with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks for two decades is no longer leading the team. RedHawks chairman Bruce Thom said Sunday, Aug. 13, longtime manager Doug Simunic has been "relieved of his duties," but will be paid until the end of September. Simunic was in the final year of his contract and was in his 22nd season with the team. Simunic has managed the RedHawks since 1996, their inaugural season.
FARGO—North Dakota State senior quarterback Cole Davis played an integral role in one of the biggest moments in Bison football history. Davis was the holder for the game-winning 37-yard field goal against the Iowa Hawkeyes last September at Kinnick Stadium. His clean hold allowed Cam Pedersen to drill the football through the goalposts as time expired, giving NDSU a 23-21 victory against a ranked Division I FBS opponent in a Big Ten Conference stadium.
FARGO—Ryan Ripplinger didn't get the result he wanted Friday afternoon at the Fargodome, but still secured his best finish on the national stage. A Bismarck High School junior-to-be, Ripplinger took second place at the USA Wrestling Cadet Greco-Roman National Championships at 126 pounds. Reece Witcraft of Coweta, Okla., earned a 15-4 technical decision against Ripplinger in the title match.