GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Mitch Sutton ran for 105 yards and North Dakota's defense sacked Drake quarterback Michael Piatkowski four times as the Fighting Sioux won 16-0 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
Joey Bradley completed 18 of 26 passes for 137 yards and Jake Miller ran for an 11-yard score for North Dakota. The Fighting Sioux led 13-0 at the half.
North Dakota blocked a field-goal try in the first quarter, and Piatkowski fumbled at the North Dakota 8-yard line on the Bulldogs' opening drive of the second half. Daryl Brown intercepted Piatkowski's pass midway through the fourth quarter and returned it 38 yards to the Drake 9. Zeb Miller's third field goal, a 32-yarder, completed the scoring.