Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.
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FARGO — North Dakota State is facing more than Youngstown State this week. The Bison are also going head on with the polar vortex.
FARGO — For the second straight home game and with their team gunning for a fourth straight Missouri Valley Football Conference and FCS national title, the North Dakota State students didn’t claim their entire allotment of seats.
FARGO — North Dakota State will face a Missouri State football team that will have 17 seniors playing their last home game, and their coach possibly in his last home contest, too.
FARGO — The suggestion was made rather vociferously outside the North Dakota State locker room early Tuesday afternoon for the Bison offensive linemen to not wear long sleeves at practice. A few minutes later, offensive coordinator Tim Polasek said the snow flurries outside reminded him of the Montana State playoff win in 2010.
FARGO — It was the summer before his senior year in high school when Esley Thorton went to the University of Minnesota football camp and noticed another prep quarterback in his position group. Only Carlton Littlejohn really didn’t look like a quarterback.
FARGO — Paul Miller came to North Dakota State this fall a 4.0 student who was an all-state high school basketball player in Wisconsin. Wednesday night, in the Bison opener, he hit his first seven shots.
FARGO — Indiana State unveiled a play last week that used to be seen a lot on black and white television with players in leather helmets. The Sycamores pulled off the old hidden-ball-kickoff-return trick.
FARGO — It was back when he was a freshman in high school — all 5-foot-8 and 125 pounds of him — when Carson Wentz dreamed about being a quarterback someday. If only he could be like the bigger kids.
FARGO — Every Sunday morning at around 6, probably before the cows wake up on the farms around Brookings, S.D., John Stiegelmeier watches the game film from the previous day’s game. Then he goes to church.
FARGO — The North Dakota State defensive players know it all too well. While Bison fans are standing and yelling, they have an up-close look at how opposing-team quarterbacks operate at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.