Scores

Final

North Dakota St 41

(4-0, 0-0 MVFC)

W Illinois 28

(3-2, 0-0 MVFC)

2:05 PM ET, September 29, 2007

Hanson Field, Macomb, IL

1 2 3 4 T
NDSU 10 21 10 041
WIU 7 14 0 728

Top Performers

Passing: S. Walker (NDSU) - 181 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Roehl (NDSU) - 27 CAR, 136 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: K. Heckendorf (NDSU) - 5 REC, 99 YDS, 1 TD

N. Dakota St. 41, W. Illinois 28

Associated Press

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) -- Running back Tyler Roehl scored three touchdowns to lead North Dakota State past Western Illinois 41-28 on Saturday.

North Dakota State (4-0, 0-0 Great West) went ahead early, and it appeared the visitors would run away with the game when Roehl scored on a 3-yard run to give the Bison a 17-7 lead with 13:46 left in the second quarter.

But the Leathernecks (3-2, 0-0 in the Gateway) answered with two touchdowns -including on a 44 yard pass from quarterback Matt Barr to tight end Matt Warner -- to give Western Illinois a 21-17 lead with 7:34 left in the half.

But Roehl scored a touchdown minutes later on a 41-yard run, and the Bison remained in control for much of the rest of the game.

The Bison took a 31-21 lead into halftime and then added 10 unanswered points in the third quarter. Running back Herb Donaldson scored on a 1-yard run for the Leathernecks early in the fourth quarter to make it 41-28.

Roehl was the leading rusher in the game, compiling 136 yards on 27 carries. Donaldson led the Leathernecks in rushing with 97 yards on 19 carries; Donaldson also had three touchdowns.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NDSU
WIU
1st Downs1715
Total Yards385316
Passing181195
Rushing204121
Penalties3-254-20
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers23
Possession32:1627:44

Passing Leaders

North Dakota StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Walker13/211818.610
Western IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Barr18/331955.911

Rushing Leaders

North Dakota StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Roehl271365.030
Paschall11686.210
Western IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Donaldson19975.130
Douglas4153.800

Receiving Leaders

North Dakota StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Heckendorf59919.810
Jangula34013.300
Western IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson47518.800
Warner24924.510

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNDSUWIU
FG09:20Shawn Bibeau 40 Yd 30
TD05:02Pat Paschall 1 Yd Run (Shawn Bibeau Kick) 100
TD02:01Herb Donaldson 26 Yd Run (Taylor Rowan Kick) 107
SECOND QUARTERNDSUWIU
TD13:46Tyler Roehl 3 Yd Run (Shawn Bibeau Kick) 177
TD10:25Matt Warner 44 Yd Pass From Matt Barr (Taylor Rowan Kick) 1714
TD07:34Herb Donaldson 2 Yd Run (Taylor Rowan Kick) 1721
TD03:12Tyler Roehl 41 Yd Run (Shawn Bibeau Kick) 2421
TD00:20Kole Heckendorf 16 Yd Pass From Steve Walker (Shawn Bibeau Kick) 3121
THIRD QUARTERNDSUWIU
FG07:42Shawn Bibeau 51 Yd 3421
TD03:30Tyler Roehl 1 Yd Run (Shawn Bibeau Kick) 4121
FOURTH QUARTERNDSUWIU
TD14:44Herb Donaldson 1 Yd Run (Taylor Rowan Kick) 4128