1982 DSU football team No. 3 in school history.

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The 1982 Dickinson State football team's results are disputed, but they were an outstanding team that was led by their defense. (Dickinson State Heritage Foundation.)

The 1982 Dickinson State Blue Hawks football team is the No. 3 team in school history. Their record is disputed as the 1983 yearbook shows the team finished the regular season at 8-1, while the Dickinson State website says the team went 9-1. Either way, Dickinson State was outstanding on the field in 1982. The Blue Hawks were led by a nasty defense as they were the best rushing defense in school history. They gave up only 536 total yards on the ground which was good for an average of only 59 yards per game.

Most of the games and their scores are undisputed. The Blue Hawks opened the season against familiar Black Hills State. They won convincingly by a score of 42-6 to start 1-0.

The second game of the year is where records are unclear. The Dickinson State yearbook has the score of the game as 10-3 in favor of Mayville State, while other records suggest a 10-3 win for the Blue Hawks.

In the third game of the year, the Blue Hawks shutout Valley City State in a 22-0 win that followed with a close 20-13 win over Chadron State.

The defense went on a tear for the next four games as they allowed a total of nine points.


The Blue Hawks beat Minot State 10-3, then followed that with a 10-0 shutout of Jamestown in their sixth game of the season.

Bismarck State scored six points against the Blue Hawks, but the offense shined in a 31-6 win.

Another shutout improved the Blue Hawks record in a 42-0 win of North Dakota Science.

In the final regular season game of the year, the Blue Hawks faced their toughest challenge since the beginning of the year. They came away victorious against for Rocky Mountain College with a 29-7 win to cap off a spectacular season.

The full results of the season may be unclear, but what is clear is that the Blue Hawks dominant defense propelled them to being one of the best teams in school history.

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