2017 North Dakota State Bison football team

The 2017 North Dakota State Bison football team represented North Dakota State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Chris Klieman. The team played their 25th season in the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota as members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Bison finished the season 14–1, 7–1 in MVFC play to win the MVFC championship for the seventh consecutive year.[1][2] As a result, the Bison received the conference's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs as the No. 2 seed.[3][4] In the playoffs, they defeated San Diego,[5][6] Wofford,[7][8][9] and Sam Houston State to advance to the National Championship game.[10][11][12] There they defeated James Madison 17–13 to win the school's sixth National Championship in seven years.[13][14][15] The September 30 game against Missouri State was the 700th victory since the team's founding in 1894 (700–370–34 all-time record after 9/30/17 game).

2017 North Dakota State Bison football
North Dakota State Bison wordmark.svg
NCAA Division I FCS national champion
MVFC champion
ConferenceMissouri Valley Football Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 1
FCS CoachesNo. 1
2017 record14–1 (7–1 MVFC)
Head coachChris Klieman (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorCourtney Messingham (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorMatt Entz (4th season)
Home stadiumFargodome
(Capacity: 19,000)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 MVFC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 North Dakota State$^   7 1         14 1  
No. 3 South Dakota State^   6 2         11 3  
No. 19 Northern Iowa ^   6 2         8 5  
No. 13 Western Illinois ^   5 3         8 4  
No. 15 South Dakota ^   4 4         8 5  
Illinois State   4 4         6 5  
Youngstown State   4 4         6 5  
Southern Illinois   2 6         4 7  
Missouri State   2 6         3 8  
Indiana State   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Bison finished the 2016 season 12–2, 7–1 in MVFC play to win a share of the MVFC championship for the sixth consecutive year.[16][17] They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs[18][19] where they defeated San Diego[20][21][22] and South Dakota State[23][24][25] before losing to James Madison in the semifinals, ending their five-year championship run.[26][27][28]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 22:30 p.m.Mississippi Valley State*No. 2NBC ND
ESPN3
W 72–718,502
September 93:00 p.m.at No. 7 Eastern Washington*No. 2NBC ND
ESPN3
W 40–1310,231
September 232:30 p.m.Robert Morris*No. 2
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND (Trees Bowl)
NBC ND
ESPN3
W 56–018,308
September 301:00 p.m.Missouri StateNo. 2
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND
NBC ND
ESPN3
W 38–1118,892
October 712:00 p.m.at Indiana StateNo. 2NBC ND
ESPN3
W 52–04,743
October 146:00 p.m.at No. 8 Youngstown StateNo. 2ESPN3W 27–24 OT16,408
October 212:30 p.m.No. 10 Western IllinoisNo. 2
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND
NBC ND
ESPN3
W 24–1218,630
October 282:30 p.m.Northern IowaNo. 2
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND
NBC ND
ESPN3
W 30–1418,687
November 42:00 p.m.at No. 8 South Dakota StateNo. 2NBC ND
ESPN3
L 21–3318,130
November 112:30 p.m.No. 10 South DakotaNo. 5
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND (Harvest Bowl)
NBC ND
ESPN3
W 49–1418,623
November 1812:00 p.m.at No. 21 Illinois StateNo. 4NBC ND
ESPN3
W 20–77,664
December 22:30 p.m.San Diego*No. 4
NBC ND
ESPN3
W 38–318,067
December 911:00 a.m.No. 8 Wofford*No. 4
ESPN2W 42–1017,008
December 157:00 p.m.No. 5 Sam Houston State*No. 4
ESPN2W 55–1318,279
January 611:00 a.m.No. 1 James Madison*No. 4ESPN2W 17–1319,090
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from STATS FCS Poll released prior to game; FBS rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
  • Source: STATS Poll [1]

RosterEdit

[29]

2017 North Dakota State Bison Football

Quarterback

  •  7 Cole Davis - Senior (6′3, 215)
  • 12 Easton Stick -   Junior (6′2, 221)
  • 15 Holden Hotchkiss – Freshman (6′3, 191)
  • 16 Noah Sanders – Freshman (6′2, 210)

Tailback

  •  8 Bruce Anderson - Junior (5′11, 216)
  • 10 Lance Dunn -   Junior (5′9, 211)
  • 18 Adam Cofield -   Freshman (5′11, 205)
  • 24 Demaris Purifoy -   Sophomore (6′1, 197)
  • 28 Ty Brooks -   Sophomore (5′9, 180)
  • 30 Seth Wilson – Freshman (5′10, 189)

Wide Receiver

  •  1 Christian Watson – Freshman (6′3, 186)
  •  2 Cordell Pimienta -   Sophomore (6′0, 177)
  •  4 Dimitri Williams - Junior (5′11, 191)
  •  5 Andy Voyen – Freshman (6′2, 196)
  •  7 Peter Isais - Freshman (5′11, 170)
  • 13 Desmond Cain – Junior (5′10, 185)
  • 15 Daniel Polansky - Senior (6′0, 190)
  • 16 RJ Urzendowski - Senior (6′0, 200)
  • 17 Carson Yaggie – Freshman (6′2, 196)
  • 19 Brant Bohmert – Freshman (5′11, 179)
  • 20 Darrius Shepherd -   Junior (5′11, 186)
  • 31 Victor Kizewski -   Freshman (6′0, 192)
  • 83 Dallas Freeman -   Junior (6′1, 197)
  • 84 Trevor Heit -   Freshman (5′9, 177)
  • 89 Cole Jacob -   Freshman (6′1, 193)

Tight End

  • 33 Austin Avery – Freshman (6′3, 241) (+FB)
  • 40 Costner Ching – Freshman (6′3, 249) (+FB)
  • 44 Cody Mauch – Freshman (6′4, 234)
  • 46 Noah Gindorff – Freshman (6′6, 249)
  • 81 Josh Babicz – Freshman (6′6, 225)
  • 82 Ben Ellefson -   Sophomore (6′3, 250)
  • 85 Nate Jenson -   Junior (6′6, 246)
  • 86 Jeff Illies - Senior (6′3, 235)
  • 87 Connor Wentz - Senior (6′3, 250)
  • 88 Matt Anderson -   Sophomore (6′4, 247)
 

Fullback

  • 32 Zak Kuntz -   Freshman (6′2, 249)
  • 34 Brock Robbins -   Sophomore (6′1, 246)
  • 39 Garrett Malstrom -   Sophomore (6′0, 250)

Offensive Lineman

  • 54 Dillon Radunz - OT -   Freshman (6′6, 287)
  • 57 Zach Willis - C – Freshman (6′4, 305)
  • 58 Josh Howieson - OT -   Freshman (6′5, 293)
  • 59 Karson Schoening - C -   Freshman (6′5, 297)
  • 61 Zach Kubas - OG -   Freshman (6′4, 283)
  • 62 Bryce Messner - OG - Senior (6′3, 291)
  • 64 Colin Conner - OT -   Junior (6′5, 309)
  • 65 Jack Albrecht - OG -   Sophomore (6′5, 278)
  • 66 Nash Jensen - OG – Freshman (6′4, 349)
  • 67 Cordell Volson - OT -   Freshman (6′6, 299)
  • 68 Zack J. Johnson - OT -   Sophomore (6′6, 312)
  • 71 Luke Bacon - OT -   Junior (6′5, 299)
  • 72 Erik Olson - OT - Senior (6′5, 277)
  • 73 Zack Ziemer - OG - Senior (6′4, 299)
  • 74 Tanner Volson - C -   Junior (6′4, 301)
  • 75 Austin Kuhnert - OG - Senior (6′4, 304)
  • 76 Ben Hecht - OG -   Freshman (6′5, 277)

Defensive Tackle

  • 53 Cole Karcz -   Sophomore (6′4, 262)
  • 60 Lane Tucker – Freshman (6′4, 261)
  • 63 Aaron Steidl -   Junior (6′2, 288)
  • 69 Blake Williams -   Junior (6′3, 290)
  • 78 Michael Kelly -   Freshman (6′1, 302)
  • 90 Grant Morgan - Senior (6′4, 283)
  • 92 Jack Darnell -   Sophomore (6′2, 292)
  • 97 Quinn Alo -   Freshman (6′2, 296)
  • 98 Matt Biegler -   Freshman (6′3, 272)
  • 99 Nate Tanguay - Senior (6′4, 291)

Defensive End

  • 56 Justice Kelly -   Freshman (6′3, 193)
  • 56 Tanner Sundt – Freshman (6′4, 232)
  • 70 Spencer Waege – Freshman (6′4, 245)
  • 77 Logan McCormick – Freshman (6′2, 232)
  • 91 Derrek Tuszka -   Sophomore (6′5, 245)
  • 93 Jarrod Tuszka - Senior (6′3, 255)
  • 94 Stanley Jones -   Junior (6′3, 245)
  • 95 Caleb Butler -   Junior (6′3, 244)
  • 96 Greg Menard - Senior (6′2, 241)
 

Linebacker

  •  1 Chris Board - Senior (6′1, 230)
  •  3 Mason Hofstedt – Freshman (6′0, 193) (+TB)
  • 41 Jack Begley – Freshman (6′3, 218)
  • 42 Jabril Cox -   Freshman (6′3, 227)
  • 43 Beau Pauly -   Freshman (6′2, 216)
  • 44 Matt Plank - Senior (6′0, 219)
  • 45 Levi Jordheim -   Junior (6′2, 220)
  • 47 Max Bautch – Freshman (6′0, 219)
  • 48 Dan Marlette -   Junior (6′1, 225)
  • 49 Nick DeLuca - Senior (6′3, 245)
  • 50 Ross Kennelly -   Freshman (5′11, 212)
  • 52 Jackson Hankey – Freshman (6′1, 217)
  • 55 Aaron Mercadel -   Sophomore (5′11, 206)

Cornerbacks

  •  2 Dom Davis -   Sophomore (5′11, 182)
  •  9 Marquise Bridges -   Sophomore (5′11, 182)
  • 17 Felix Dixon -   Freshman (5′11, 166)
  • 21 Jalen Allison -   Junior (6′0, 184)
  • 23 Jaylaan Wimbush -   Junior (6′0, 192)
  • 27 Ross Godfrey -   Freshman (5′9, 166)
  • 33 Bryce Bennot -   Junior (5′8, 174)
  • 35 Joshua Hayes – Freshman (5′11, 178)
  • 37 Tre Fort -   Sophomore (5′8, 185)
  • 46 Ross Effertz -   Sophomore (5′11, 200)

Safeties

  •  3 Tre Dempsey - FS - Senior (5′10, 184)
  •  5 Robbie Grimsley - SS - Junior (6′0, 191)
  •  6 James Hendricks - SS -   Sophomore (6′1, 205)
  • 25 Michael Tutsie - SS - Freshman (5′10, 188)
  • 26 Keenan Hodenfield - FS - Senior (5′11, 182)
  • 29 Eric Bachmeier - SS -   Junior (6′2, 202)
  • 35 Dawson Weber - FS - Freshman (6′2, 193)
  • 38 Jaxon Brown - FS -   Sophomore (6′2, 203)

Placekicker

  • 25 Jake Reinholz – Freshman (6′3, 198)
  • 36 Cam Pedersen - Junior (6′2, 199)

Punter

  • 19 Jackson Koonce - Senior (6′1, 197)
  • 22 Garret Wegner -   Freshman (6′0, 184) (+K)

Long Snappers

  • 51 James Fisher - Senior (6′2, 225)

Recruiting classEdit

Game summariesEdit

Polls are based on the FCS STATS Poll

Mississippi Valley StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Delta Devils 0 7 0 0 7
No. 2 Bison 30 14 21 7 72
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2007 NDSU, 58–7

Box Score.

at Eastern WashingtonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Bison 9 10 7 14 40
No. 7 Eagles 7 3 3 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2016 NDSU, 50–44

Box Score.

Robert MorrisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Colonials 0 0 0 0 0
No. 2 Bison 35 14 7 0 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2012 NDSU, 52–0

Box Score.

Missouri StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 5 0 6 11
No. 2 Bison 14 3 7 14 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–2 2016 NDSU, 27–3

Box Score.

at Indiana StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Bison 7 17 21 7 52
Sycamores 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–1 2016 NDSU, 41–17

Box Score.

at Youngstown StateEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
No. 2 Bison 0 10 7 73 27
No. 8 Penguins 10 0 7 70 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–4 2016 NDSU, 24–3

Box Score.

Western IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 10 Leathernecks 9 3 0 0 12
No. 2 Bison 3 7 14 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–2 2016 NDSU, 21–13

Box Score.

Northern IowaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 7 0 7 14
No. 2 Bison 0 7 10 13 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–26 2016 NDSU, 24–20

Box Score.

at South Dakota StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Bison 7 0 14 0 21
No. 10 Jackrabbits 3 14 9 7 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
60–41–5 2016 NDSU, 36–10

Box Score.

South DakotaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 10 Coyotes 7 7 0 0 14
No. 5 Bison 14 14 14 7 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
54–25–3 2016 NDSU, 28–21

Box Score.

at Illinois StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 4 Bison 0 0 13 7 20
No. 21 Redbirds 0 0 0 7 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–2 2016 NDSU, 31–10

Box Score.

FCS PlayoffsEdit

San Diego–Second RoundEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Toreros 0 0 0 3 3
No. 4 Bison 14 3 21 0 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2016 FCS Playoffs NDSU, 45–7

Box Score.

Wofford–QuarterfinalsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Terriers 3 7 0 0 10
No. 4 Bison 14 21 7 0 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2012 FCS Playoffs NDSU, 14–7

Box Score.

Sam Houston State–SemifinalsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Bearkats 3 0 10 0 13
No. 4 Bison 21 20 14 0 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 2014 FCS Playoffs NDSU, 35–3

Box Score.

James Madison–ChampionshipEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 4 Bison 7 10 0 0 17
No. 1 Dukes 3 3 7 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2016 FCS Playoffs JMU, 27–17

Box Score.

Ranking movementsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS 2 (19) 2 (8) 2 (10) 2 (5) 2 (5) 2 (8) 2 (8) 2 (7) 2 (9) 2 (6) 5 4 4 1 
Coaches 2 2 2 2 (1) 2 (1) 2 (1) 2 (1) 2 2 2 6 6 4 1

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