North Dakota did all it could on Saturday to convince the FCS it belongs in the playoffs, routing Cal Poly 45-21 in the Big Sky Conference finale.
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Wednesday's news that the University of North Dakota's new nickname would be the Fighting Hawks was greeted matter-of-factly by some UND players and coaches.
John Santiago ran for 180 yards and two touchdowns and North Dakota built a 45-0 lead through three quarters in a 45-14 Big Sky Conference rout of Northern Colorado on Saturday.
John Santiago gained 230 yards rushing on Saturday, and his burst from the 4-yard line lifted North Dakota to a 44-38 win over Montana State.
Makena Simis threw for 321 yards and a school-record six touchdowns, and the Montana Grizzlies swamped North Dakota 42-16 on Saturday.
Jadrian Clark threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns to lead Weber State to a 25-24 come-from-behind win over North Dakota on Saturday night.
Jakori Ford scored two touchdowns in the final period -- including the game-winner on a 27-yard catch -- as Idaho State rallied to upset North Dakota 37- 31 on Saturday.
Reid Taubenheim kicked four field goals and North Dakota's defense shut down Portland State's running game in a 19-17 Big Sky Conference win over the Vikings on Saturday.
John Santiago ran for 152 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns to help lead North Dakota to a 31-24 win over UC Davis on Saturday.
North Dakota State held North Dakota without a first down for more than 40 minutes and cruised to a 34-9 victory in the first football game between the longtime rivals in 12 years.
Keaton Studsrud threw three touchdown passes Saturday and North Dakota held on for a 21-18 win over Drake.
John Santiago ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns to lead North Dakota to a 24-13 victory over Wyoming in the season opener for both teams on Saturday.
Marvin "Whitey" Helling, the football coach who helped build the University of North Dakota into a Division II power, has died. He was 91.
North Dakota beats Northern Colorado 33-14
North Dakota edges Northern Arizona in 30-28 win
Weber State beats North Dakota 24-12
West, Eastern Washington swamp North Dakota 54-3
Southern Utah tops North Dakota 35-17
North Dakota rallies past Portland State 24-16
Montana pulls ahead of North Dakota, 18-15
Montana State knocks off North Dakota 29-18
North Dakota defeats Stony Brook 13-3
Missouri State shuts out North Dakota 38-0
North Dakota beats Robert Morris 16-13
San Jose State beats North Dakota 42-10