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Sycamores LB moved from QB this season

FARGO -- The problem with Indiana State the last two years was its starting quarterback felt more at home on defense. Not anymore. Ryan Roberts is a starting linebacker, replaced this year at quarterback by Ronnie Fouch, a transfer from the Unive...

FARGO -- The problem with Indiana State the last two years was its starting quarterback felt more at home on defense.

Not anymore.

Ryan Roberts is a starting linebacker, replaced this year at quarterback by Ronnie Fouch, a transfer from the University of Washington.

"He brings us an actual quarterback and in this league, if you don't have a quarterback, you're in trouble," said Sycamores head coach Trent Miles.

Fouch and the Sycamores' three-game winning streak will face North Dakota State today at 3:07. He's put his Pac-10 Conference experience to use in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision completing 93 of 158 passes (59 percent) for 1,148 yards.

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Most impressive is his touchdowns (12) to interceptions (2) ratio. He needs five TD passes to break Jeff Miller's 1985 school record.

"He has a good arm and is one of the most accurate throwers that we've seen," said NDSU cornerback Josh Gatlin. "We have to come to play and play good pass defense."

Anderson nominated for FWAA Courage Award

NDSU linebacker Matt Anderson will not play again today because of an injury in his upper back/neck area. Head coach Craig Bohl said the hope is to get Anderson back in November, perhaps as early as the Nov. 6 Southern Illinois game.

This week, Anderson was named the weekly nominee for the Discover Orange Bowl Courage Award, a tribute to his coming back from last season's neck injury that almost ended his career.

"It would take two or three plays to feel normal again," he said.

Anderson's current injury is unrelated to last year, Bohl said.

Anderson had surgery last fall and wasn't cleared for contact until August.

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The recipient for the award by the Football Writers Association of America will be announced in December.

Bison out to end home losing streak in MVFC

In an up-and-down season, NDSU is still ranked in the FCS coaches top 25 poll and still in the hunt for a postseason playoff berth.

Bohl said that is not part of his team's thinking this week whatsoever.

"We knew it would be a battle up and down this conference," said NDSU tight end Landon Smith, a Dickinson Trinity High School graduate. "We have to take care of what we need to take care of."

That would be ending a six-game home losing streak in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The last NDSU league win at the Fargodome was in 2008 against Indiana State.

"A big sense of urgency coming into this game," Gatlin said.

Etc. etc. etc.

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r Only one league team, Southern Illinois in 2006, made the FCS playoffs with three league losses. The Salukis finished 8-3 overall.

r The annual NDSU Student-Athlete Advisory Council Bison Halloween Party will be Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at the Bison Sports Arena. The event includes games, candy and prizes and is free and open to the public.

r The ninth annual NDSU Endowment Recognition banquet is Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo. About $3 million was raised for the 2010-11 academic year that goes toward scholarships for many of the 400 student-athletes at NDSU.

Kolpack is a sports reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.

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