FARGO, N.D. – The first football game in 12 years between old rivals North Dakota State and North Dakota was long on atmosphere and short on drama.
Carson Wentz threw four touchdown passes and the Bison defense held UND without a first down for more than 40 minutes in a 34-9 victory on Saturday before a sellout crowd of more than 19,000 fans at the Fargodome.
The Bison (2-1) finished with a 377-61 advantage in total yardage and 21-3 edge in first downs.
Afterward, Wentz acknowledged that fan interest in the game was “really cool” and tailgating “must have been nuts,” but added that he didn’t feel he came away with much more than in-state bragging rights after the 111th game between the schools.
“Honestly, on the field it didn’t feel any different,” he said.
The rivalry was the longest series in Division II football when it ended in 2003 after NDSU decided to move up to Division I and UND stayed put. UND went D-I in 2008. The two teams have wound up in separate conferences and won’t play again until 2019.
UND coach Bubba Schweigert, even in a lopsided loss, said he wants to play the game every year.
“It’s really special,” he said. “Our high school football coaches think it helps them because it helps promote the state.”