Scores

Final

North Dakota St 21

(8-1, 5-1 MVFC)

Missouri State 17

(3-7, 3-4 MVFC)

2:00 PM ET, November 3, 2012

Plaster Sports Complex, Springfield, MO

1 2 3 4 T
NDSU 0 14 7 021
MOSU 7 0 7 317

Top Performers

Passing: B. Jensen (NDSU) - 152 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: S. Ojuri (NDSU) - 24 CAR, 118 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Smith (NDSU) - 5 REC, 33 YDS, 1 TD

N. Dakota St. 21, Missouri St. 17

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Sam Ojuri ran for 118 yards and a touchdown, Brock Jensen accounted for two more scores and North Dakota State held off Missouri State 21-17 on Saturday.

After the Bison (8-1, 5-1 Missouri Valley) fell behind on Caleb Schaffitzel's MSU-record 100-yard interception return, Jensen tied it with a 5-yard run in the second quarter before hitting Ryan Smith for a 6-yard score. Ojuri's 5-yard run in the third gave NDSU the lead for good.

Kierra Harris ran 16 yards for a touchdown for the Bears (3-7, 3-4), just the second rushing score allowed by NDSU all season. But Harris struggled in the passing game, completing just six passes for 22 yards, and was intercepted by Christian Dudzik to end MSU's final drive. Austin Witmer added a 44-yard field goal.

The Bison, who allowed just 149 yards of total offense, improved to 10-0 on the road over the last two seasons.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NDSU
MOSU
1st Downs1811
Total Yards311149
Passing15222
Rushing159127
Penalties5-455-61
3rd Down Conversions9-194-14
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers33
Possession39:3320:27

Passing Leaders

North Dakota StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jensen14/281525.413
Missouri StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harris6/19221.201

Rushing Leaders

North Dakota StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ojuri241184.9136
Crockett9394.309
Missouri StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper-Falls18784.3020
Harris13393.0121

Receiving Leaders

North Dakota StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ojuri24020.0023
Gebhart33712.3016
Missouri StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper-Falls294.505
Thayer199.009

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNDSUMOSU
TD03:23Caleb Schaffitzel 100 Yd Interception Return (Austin Witmer Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERNDSUMOSU
TD12:17Brock Jensen 5 Yd Run (Adam Keller Kick) 77
TD00:58Ryan Smith 6 Yd Pass From Brock Jensen (Adam Keller Kick) 147
THIRD QUARTERNDSUMOSU
TD09:34Kierra Harris 16 Yd Run (Austin Witmer Kick) 1414
TD03:35Sam Ojuri 5 Yd Run (Adam Keller Kick) 2114
FOURTH QUARTERNDSUMOSU
FG13:49Austin Witmer 44 Yd 2117