The 1991 Dickinson State football team is the only team in school history to reach the semifinals of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) playoffs. They were also the first team in Dickinson State history to win 10 games, going 10-2.
For their success, the team is the No. 1 football team in school history.
Many thought the season would be a bit of a rebuilding year under coach Hank Biesiot, but Rob Stanton, Dave Ouellette and Jeff Peck, among many others, had other ideas.
Stanton ran for nearly 1,400 yards during the season, while Ouellette broke most of the Blue Hawks’ receiving records.
Peck tossed 27 touchdown passes which at the time was a school record.
On defense, Pat Schobinger totaled 12 quarterback sacks.
Dickinson State was named North Dakota’s College Team of the Year by the state’s Sports Writers and Sportscasters Association.
In the season opener, Dickinson State bested Black Hills State by double digits before beating Rocky Mountain 27-20. This was the 14th straight year the Blue Hawks had defeated the Battlin’ Bears.
In game three, Dickinson State pulled out another close game against a Montana school as they beat Montana Tech 25-20.
A thrashing of South Dakota Mines put their record at 4-0 before they took on Jamestown in the first conference game of the season.
A 34-6 victory gave Dickinson State their seventh straight victory over Jamestown.
Mary was next on the schedule, and the Blue Hawks downed them 27-10 to improve to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
The year prior, the lone regular season loss of the 1990 season came at the hands of Mayville State, and Dickinson State made sure to seek revenge. They defeated the Comets 31-19.
The only loss of the regular season was an upset when Minot State defeated the Blue Hawks 24-23. The loss meant that Dickinson State shared the conference title instead of winning it outright.
In the regular-season finale, the Blue Hawks crushed Valley City State 51-21 to finish 8-1.
In the opening round of the NAIA playoffs, the Blue Hawks hosted Minot State, hoping to avenge the shocking regular-season defeat.
The game came down to the final quarter, but Dickinson State won 26-21 to advance.
Hastings College from Nebraska was the next opponent sent to North Dakota to face the red-hot Blue Hawks.
Hastings posed no challenge as Dickinson State won 42-10 to put them one win away from playing for a national championship.
Pacific Lutheran traveled from Washington to face the Blue Hawks. They did not give up a single point in their first two playoff games.
Dickinson State hung in the contest for three quarters, but in the fourth things got away from them and the visiting team pulled away to win 47-25.
Ouellette snagged 10 catches and had a big day, despite the loss.