Grand Forks, N.D. – The Fighting Hawks will host the top-ranked Jackrabbits this weekend inside the Alerus Center. Kickoff between UND and SDSU is slated for 3 p.m. The game will be televised by Midco Sports and available on the Home of Economy Radio Network with the pregame show starting at 2 p.m.
UND enters the weekend with a record of 4-2 and a 3-1 standing in the MVFC. Before the bye week last weekend, North Dakota defeated Youngstown State in Ohio, 35-30, on Oct. 8. The Fighting Hawks looked to have momentum with a 35-24 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but after a Penguin touchdown trimmed the lead to 35-30 with just under six minutes left, the game remained in the balance until a Jayson Coley sack late and a C.J. Siegel open-field tackle on fourth down allowed the Hawks to escape with the 35-30 victory.
SDSU comes into the weekend with a 6-1 record and a conference mark of 4-0. Last weekend, then-ranked No. 2 South Dakota State defeated then-ranked No. 1 North Dakota State inside the Fargodome, 23-21. The Jackrabbits outscored the Bison, 16-0, in the second half to come away with the victory. South Dakota State marched all the way down to the NDSU 1 with 3:49 left to play and took the lead with a Hunter Dustman 18-yard field goal. The Bison had a chance with the ball late, but Dalys Beanum sealed the Jackrabbit victory, breaking up a pass on fourth down to give the Jacks the ball back late.
North Dakota and South Dakota State have met on the gridiron 88 times, with UND holding a 47-35-5 lead in the series. NoDak holds a 28-17-3 edge all-time at home in the series. This will be the first time UND has hosted a No. 1 team inside the Alerus Center in its Division I history and the first-time hosting No. 1 since Nov. 10, 1990.