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 — It was at the point in the story when ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi begins to outline a question to Carson Wentz by saying three words: "He was buried ..." The thought was too much for the former North Dakota State star, who displayed some raw emotion rarely seen in a professional player in any sport. Wentz teared up, dropped his head with the bill of his "AO1" cap shielding his eyes from the camera and then proceeded to talk about a 10-year-old boy who was put to rest wearing his No. 11 Philadelphia Eagles jersey.
FARGO—The North Dakota State men's basketball program got its guard up during the NCAA early signing period on Wednesday. The Bison signed three backcourt players to letters of intent. Two are from a prime recruiting territory in the Twin Cities and another is from just across the border in Wisconsin. "Those guys understand the background, history and tradition of North Dakota State," said head coach Dave Richman.
FARGO—For the first time this season, North Dakota State lost a football game last weekend, to a rival no less in South Dakota State. In head coach Chris Klieman's playing days in the late 1980s, the fallout for players would probably have been a few buddies on his dorm floor talking about it. It's a new age, now.
FARGO—North Dakota State woke up on Sunday morning, Nov. 5, with a feeling they haven't experienced all season: dealing with a loss. But for the last eight years, it hasn't lingered. The last time the Bison lost two consecutive football games was Oct. 17 and 24 in 2009, when they lost at South Dakota State and at home to Missouri State. It was the latter end of a five-game losing streak in a season that ended 3-8.
BROOKINGS, S.D.—South Dakota State's trio of stars came to play on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 4, and the Dakota Marker will remain in the Brookings for another year. Quarterback Taryn Christion, tight end Dallas Goedert and receiver Jake Wieneke were big-play machines and the Jackrabbits defeated North Dakota State 33-21 before an enthusiastic 18,130 fans at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. Christion threw for 339 yards and Goedert caught seven of those for 116 yards.
FARGO — When it comes to two college football teams playing for some sort of trophy, nobody is better at it than the Big Ten Conference. The league has 18 games where some sort of prize is up for grabs. The University of Minnesota, for instance, plays Nebraska for the $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy, Penn State for the Governor's Victory Bell, Michigan for the Little Brown Jug and Wisconsin for Paul Bunyan's Axe. It's getting to the point where almost half of the Gophers' games are fought for something besides a victory.
FARGO—In a late-night snapshot to the Division I FCS playoff race, the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee gave a stretch-run look at the 24-team playoff field on Thursday night, with North Dakota State sitting in the lead pack. The Bison were ranked second behind James Madison with three weeks to go in the regular season in the first of three playoff rankings that the committee will release.
FARGO—If March Madness is the term given for basketball, then women's soccer can reserve November for the tournament upset. North Dakota State pulled the trick Thursday afternoon, Nov. 2, at Dacotah Field. The Bison, after getting deflated at South Dakota State in the Summit League regular season finale last week, turned the tables when it counted the most. The Bison survived on the defensive end and got opportunistic goals in each half to take a 2-0 win.
FARGO—North Dakota State senior offensive guard Austin Kuhnert, from Sioux Falls, S.D., said a charter bus loaded with friends and family will originate in the nearby Sioux Falls communities of Rowena and Brandon before making its way north to Brookings for the Dakota Marker game against South Dakota State It's an all-day road trip on Saturday, Nov. 4, that is sure to have its share of laughs.
FARGO—Before he started his path into higher education, Dean Bresciani was making some moves on the soccer field. The North Dakota State president even reached the semi-pro level, before he realized a fact of life: He wasn't fast enough. But that didn't mean his affinity for the game diminished. Bresciani has been a big supporter of the Bison women's program, which hosts the Summit League tournament starting Thursday, Nov. 2, against South Dakota State.