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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bison expected win

NDSU happily notches upset

A handful of North Dakota State fans celebrate against a backdrop of Kansas fans as time dwindles late in the fourth quarter, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at Kivisto Field. The Jayhawks dropped their home opener 6-3.

A handful of North Dakota State fans celebrate against a backdrop of Kansas fans as time dwindles late in the fourth quarter, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at Kivisto Field. The Jayhawks dropped their home opener 6-3.

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Highlights: KU vs. NDSU

Highlights from the low-scoring game that was KU's 2010 season opener. North Dakota State won the contest 6-3.

Turner Gill postgame: NDSU

Turner Gill addresses the media following the Jayhawks' loss to North Dakota State on Saturday, September 4, 2010.

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KU coach Turner Gill talks after the Jayhawks' 6-3 loss

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KU quarterback Jordan Webb says he could feel NDSU's momentum building throughout the game

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KU vs. North Dakota State

Live updates from the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Memorial Stadium where the Kansas Jayhawks are taking on the North Dakota State Bison.

North Dakota State’s football players stood on benches in the visitor’s locker room at Memorial Stadium, loudly singing the school’s fight song while hugging and high-fiving each other.

N.D. State — a Football Championship Subdivision school (formerly known as Div. I-AA) — had just knocked off Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) giant Kansas University, 6-3, in the season opener for both teams.

“I don’t remember the last time I’ve been that happy,” said junior defensive end Coulter Boyer, who had six tackles, a fumble recovery and a huge pass deflection that stalled one of KU’s rare potential scoring drives.

“We were coldblooded gentlemen before the game, and then afterwards we couldn’t be more happy,” added the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder from Hurley, S.D.

He was a red-shirt freshman when the Bison beat Big Ten school Minnesota, 27-21, in Minneapolis.

“Equally as huge,” Boyer said of Saturday’s victory over a Big 12 team. “We always believed this was a winnable game. In fall camp we really grinded it out. We got in good shape. We were focused.”

Sophomore quarterback Jose Mohler — he completed 12 of 22 passes for 95 yards with one interception — was at La Costa Canyon High School in Cardiff, Calif., back when the Bison stunned the Golden Gophers.

“It’s bigger,” the happy QB said of Saturday’s victory, while admitting the win over the Gophers was impressive as well. “It was highly publicized. It’s probably one of the reasons I came to the school.”

Bison coach Craig Bohl, who has recorded victories over FBS teams Ball State and Central Michigan while losing once to Minnesota, as well as Wyoming and Iowa State, said this one, “is a little bit different (from Minnesota game). Many of our players are from the state of Minnesota.

“We have a great deal of respect for (KU coach) Turner Gill. He will do a super job with this program. It’s a good win for us.”

Bohl, who like Gill is a Nebraska graduate, was not surprised by the outcome.

“We felt we could beat them when we hopped on the plane,” he said. “It wasn’t a real pretty game. I felt during the course of the game when we began to control the line of scrimmage we would really have a shot at winning the ballgame.

“Our guys expected to win the game. I expected to win the game. We played hard and were fortunate to win.”

The Bison held KU to 293 yards while mustering 168.

“I thought our front seven did a nice job,” Bohl said. “I know they talked about the strength in their offensive line. Quite frankly, we feel we have a good defensive line and linebackers. All seven of our front guys are back. That certainly helped.”

Yet the Bison, who went 3-8 last year (2-6 in Missouri Valley Conference), played several inexperienced guys as well.

“We had somewhere ... almost 40 percent of these kids never played in a college football game,” Bohl said. “We’ve got some young talent out there. We’re really encouraged. We’ve got some work to do.”

The Bison open league play next week.

“We’ve got Northern Iowa next week. I know Kansas knows about Northern Iowa. We’ve got to get ready for the Missouri Valley Conference,” Bohl said.

Northern Iowa knocked KU out of last year’s NCAA basketball tournament.

Speaking of basketball, the Jayhawks beat Ben Woodside and N.D. State by 10 points in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

“That one was close. The Bison couldn’t pull it out, but I was there,” QB Mohler said of the first-round hoops tourney game in Minneapolis.

Comments

Michael Leiker 4 years, 1 month ago

Remember when these small schools would come in and they were just undersized and overmatched? The parity in college football today is amazing. I thought NDSU had some solid athletes on the field.

Dyrk Dugan 4 years, 1 month ago

when you can't run the ball against a non FBS team...and i mean our starting RBs avgd. barley two yards a carry....that doesn't bode well at all, no matter how many "solid athletes" they have.

BisonFan 4 years, 1 month ago

Now don't be haters. You should know by now that the FCS and "mid major" schools aren't going to roll over and play dead when they play the Jayhawks. Just admit that you played good teams in both football and basketball.

Teri Jester 4 years, 1 month ago

"I know Kansas knows about Northern Iowa"....that's a comment only a punk would make. You expect fans to say those things but a coach? please!

bad_dog 4 years, 1 month ago

I agree, unnecessary, uncalled for and uncouth.

While they deserved to win this game, karma can be a real beotch, NDS.

zgabrielz 4 years, 1 month ago

Unnecessary, uncalled for? Try winning the game and then talk about Karma. How about the KU question, predict the final score and everyone predicting 45 14. Come on, sour grapes over a well deserved loss gets you nowhere. You got beat, move on and worry about other opponents. I've got news for you. The Bison used to be a power house football team and are on their way back to that level. But the team that just beat you isn't even an upper echelon team in I-AA. KU would finish towards the bottom of the Bisons conference. Put a team on the field and earn the respect you feel you deserve just for being KU>

flowmaster 4 years, 1 month ago

"everyone, and I do mean everyone, including the NDS fans sitting around me didn't expect the Bison to win. It's not illogical to assume a team 2 years removed from the Orange Bowl would dismantle a 1-AA school, @ home."

The question is: Would you go watch your team play someone like Florida, Alabama, or Ohio State? A team, out of conference, that clearly has a significant advantage over you? A team that you would never expect to beat? Doubtful.

While their coach is classless, at least they have fan's support.

bad_dog 4 years, 1 month ago

What part of "...they deserved to win this game..." did you fail to understand? There was no sour grapes in my comment, merely some resentent for a classless, undignified comment from YOUR coach.

Commenting on our loss to a different team, in a completely different sport, just for the sake of rubbing our noses in it was unnecessary, uncalled for and uncouth.

You won't see my username next to any of the 45-14 predictions. While I believed KU would win this game, I was nervous about it given the changes in coaching staffs and loss of key personnel as well as the fact NDS has beaten some Div 1 teams in the past. We honestly didn't know what to expect from this team/staff. We certainly didn't expect this outcome.

So yeah, go ahead and wallow in your shadenfreude, but remember, what goes around comes around.

zgabrielz 4 years, 1 month ago

sorry. Not my coach. Just an amused big 12 fan reading how arrogant the fans are before a game against an inferior opponent can be and then reading how pouty they are when they get it handed to them. Looking for anything to take offense to is really reaching. Your loss in basketball means nothing. Neither does your win over NDSU in the same sport. I read in YOUR newspaper a comment saying he almost felt sorry for the Bison since KU had them overmatched at every position. How great it is to see cocky fans reduced to pouters scouring the other teams coach for anything they can latch on to to be offended by. It's one game. doesn't mean Gil is lousy, doesn't mean your team can't win in the future. But overreacting to a comment as innocent as that one was shows where the real lack of class lies. As far as what goes around comes around. Maybe the lack of respect shown after KU beat the team from NDSU was the goes around and his basketball commetn was the comes around for YOU> the KU fans.

jayhawkintx73 4 years, 1 month ago

Lack of respect? There was nothing but respect for NDSU a couple of years ago when KU beat them in the NCAA tourney. I don't see anyone pouting. In fact, I see you acting like you're accusing everyone else of acting.

okiedave 4 years, 1 month ago

Agree. NDSU is THE university in N.D. Nobody but NDSU recruits N.D. or S.D. except NDSU. NDSU gets some pretty good athletes from these states. These are tough farm kids rasised with a strong work ethic.

newjayhawk 4 years, 1 month ago

These kids are JUST as good as anybody! KU just got an attitude adjustment!

jayhawkintx73 4 years, 1 month ago

newjayhawk, if the players on KU's team didn't get an attitude adjustment, expect a very long season of 50 and 60 point butt whippins. This isn't a good start for Turner Gill. I bet he won't redeem himself.

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