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 — The amount of time between the FCS semifinals and the title game Jan. 10 in Frisco, Texas, is like a bye week on steroids for the two finalists. In the case of North Dakota State, the Bison are hoping the extended period means top receiver Zach Vraa will return to the lineup.
FARGO — The FCS playoff stakes are going up. And so is the talent at wide receiver the North Dakota State defense is expected to face Friday night against Sam Houston State.
FARGO — North Dakota State announced Wednesday all 18,000-plus fans at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome on Saturday will be handed yellow poms for the FCS quarterfinal game against Coastal Carolina. They may get sore shoulders waving them while waiting for the Chanticleers to run a play.
FARGO — For the longest time, reaching the playoffs for North Dakota State meant splitting against North Dakota and Northern Colorado and beating a third team having a good season. That usually was a rotation between South Dakota, Nebraska-Omaha or Minnesota State-Mankato. =
FARGO — The yards gained from the line of scrimmage for South Dakota State University running back Zach Zenner are historic, and in the future will probably be labeled legendary. To date, he has 6,415 career yards.
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.