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Sioux sticking with Landry at QB

GRAND FORKS -- After back-to-back losses that produced only two touchdowns, the University of North Dakota is searching for some consistency on offense.

GRAND FORKS -- After back-to-back losses that produced only two touchdowns, the University of North Dakota is searching for some consistency on offense.

But the Sioux aren't searching for a new quarterback.

Even UND backup quarterback Brent Goska, who gave the Sioux a spark, last week at Southern Utah, realizes Jake Landry is still the No. 1 guy.

"Jake is the quarterback and he gives us a chance to win," Goska said. "But if they need me to give them a spark, I'll be ready to go."

Goska's play last week at Southern Utah does present UND with another option at quarterback, one that could give future opponents a few headaches.

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"I like to throw it in there with the big boys," Goska said.

The 6-foot-3, 209-pound sophomore from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., is a physical quarterback, one who loves to run. With UND needing a spark last week, Goska came on in the third quarter and gained 9 yards on his first play. On the next snap, Goska took off for a 16-yard gain.

Both plays were basic quarterback draws, with Goska showing some power running.

With No. 18 Cal Poly coming to the Alerus Center on Saturday, Goska's running ability and Landry's passing could give the Sioux the offensive spark they've been seeking.

And, there is the possibility both could be on the field at the same time in the Wildcat formation.

"We have different packages available," Goska said. "You never know. It's the coaches' decision. They'll do what's best for the team."

Goska rushed for 74 yards on 10 carries last week to lead the Sioux ground game. Landry was called upon to run a couple of times, too.

In the last two games, the Sioux have had 20 possessions. UND went three-and-out on six of those possessions. Four more ended by interceptions and one by fumble.

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But in the two previous UND games -- wins against South Dakota and Stony Brook -- the Sioux offense did not have any turnovers and scored 58 points.

Landry said the Sioux need to regain their confidence. Three of their final four games will come against Cal Poly, UC Davis and Central Arkansas, ranked No. 15 this week.

"We have to get that swagger back so when we get into the red zone we know we can score. We have to prove to ourselves that we can score," Landry said.

UND coach Chris Mussman said Goska will give UND another look, one that hopefully challenges opposing defenses.

Whether Goska and Landry are on the field at the same time, however, remains to be seen.

"I don't know if we're ready for that one yet," Mussman said. "Eventually, you might see both guys on the field."

He said Goska has earned the right to see more time.

"Brent will get reps on Saturday," Mussman said. "When he's out there, defenses have to change gears and defend different things. It gives them two things to prepare for."

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