The Bison Hold off UC Davis
These games aren't all going to be blowouts and we found out first-hand yesterday
The NDSU Bison ran their winning streak to 25 games yesterday by upending UC Davis in a very unexpected competitive game.
The score was rather close until the Bison got two late interceptions to finally hang on to win in the fourth quarter. Safety Michael Tutsie and Defensive tackle Cole Karcz were the 4th quarter heroes nabbing the picks to salt away the game.
According to Valley News:
Tutsie's interception at the goal line preserved a 20-16 lead with 6:44 to play, and Karcz snared a deflection by defensive end Derrek Tuszka to put the Bison in the red zone with 3:43 to play. Quarterback Trey Lance ran over a tackler on a 10-yard touchdown run three plays later to make it a two-score game.
NDSU safety James Kaczor, who played linebacker for much of the game, made a game- and career-high 11 tackles for the Bison (4-0). Tutsie added 10 tackles to his fourth interception in the past three games.
Lance went 13 of 23 passing for 156 yards while rushing for 48 yards and two scores. NDSU running back Ty Brooks led all rushers with 11 carries for 104 yards and wide receiver Christian Watson had four catches for 56 yards.
UC Davis quarterback Jake Maier, a preseason nominee for the Walter Payton Award in the FCS, went 29 of 48 passing for 312 yards. Jared Harrell caught 12 passes for 102 yards to lead the Aggies (2-2) while running back Ulonzo Gilliam Jr. rushed for 73 yards and caught seven passes for 47 yards.
Our Townsquaremedia sports director Rob Meltzer caught up with some of the players and here's what they said: