When are sports announcers going to quit calling these games as upsets?

I do not usually write sport stories and I am not a great sports expert by any means, but I watched this exciting game last night and felt that it was important to have the NDSU Bison bask in the glory after beating its fourth FBS team in the last four attempts.  In 2010, they beat Kansas 6-3, in 2011, they beat Minnesota 37-24, in 2012, they beat Colorado State 22-7 and then it was last night.  North Dakota State did it again.

This FCS school knocked off Kansas State, 24-21; at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Friday night in Manhattan, Kansas.  NDSU scored 17 unanswered points to finish off the upset.

Brock Jensen’s game-winning touchdown run with 28 seconds left put Kansas State on a ever increasing  list of North Dakota State FBS victims.

That’s right, Kansas State paid NDSU $350,000 to come into its home stadium and give it a loss. In fact, NDSU, the two-time defending FCS champion, could pay the salary of coach Craig Bohl, who makes $206,000 per year, with the check it received for visiting the home of the defending Big 12 champion.

Bohl’s team took its game to another level with the game on the line.  The Bison went right at Kansas State, pounding the ball on the ground for an 18-play, 80-yard drive and taking 8:30 off the clock in the final quarter.  NDSU quarterback Brock Jensen capped off the drive with a 1-yard plunge with 28 seconds remaining.

The inability to get off the field killed KSU’s defense, as it allowed the Bison to convert 11 of 17 third down conversion attempts, including 4-for-4 on the final drive.  If KSU’s defense continues to struggle to get key defensive stops on third down, it could be a long season for the Wildcats, particularly against the explosive offenses of the Big 12.

The Wildcats’ offense fell apart after taking a 21-7 lead on a 17-yard touchdown run, by Daniel Sams, with 9:58 left in the third quarter.  KSU’s running game was stuffed by the Bison, who held the Wildcats to 41 yards on 23 carries (1.7 yards per carry).  KSU’s lack of a running game put the contest on the shoulders of quarterback Jake Waters, who finished 21-of-29 for 280 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions.  Waters wasn’t horrible in his first start after winning the job over Sams, but he couldn’t come up with the critical plays when it mattered, as the Wildcats converted just two of 10 third-down conversion tries.

Clearly it’s back to the drawing board for Kansas State.  Making key plays in key moments is often the difference.  And the Wildcats couldn’t do that on Friday night.  If that continues, a second straight Big 12 title could be out of reach for Bill Snyder and company.

Since NDSU has had Craig Bohl at the helm of their football team, he has amassed a record of 91 wins to just 32 losses and in the last three years, 2010 – 2012; their record is 37-7 with back to back Division I national championships the previous two years.  Go Bison!

Note: this blog is dedicated to my oldest son, who knows everything about sports.

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