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 — 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.
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.