Scores

Final

North Dakota 38

(4-0, 0-0 Big Sky)

Idaho State 35

(0-3, 0-0 Big Sky)

8:35 PM ET, September 18, 2008

Holt Arena, Pocatello, ID

1 2 3 4 T
UND 7 17 7 738
IDST 0 7 14 1435

Top Performers

Passing: R. Hill (IDST) - 396 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Murray (UND) - 23 CAR, 204 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Taylor (IDST) - 8 REC, 159 YDS, 2 TD

North Dakota 38, Idaho St. 35

Associated Press

POCATELLO, Idaho -- A 204-yard rushing effort by North Dakota tailback Josh Murray and 237 yards passing by quarterback Danny Freund led the Fighting Sioux to a 38-35 win over Idaho State Thursday night.

North Dakota improved to 4-0 while Idaho State remains winless at 0-3.

After North Dakota took a 31-7 lead on the opening drive of the second half, Idaho State scored 21 points to cut the visitors' lead to 31-28 with just over nine minutes to play.

North Dakota responded with a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to take a 38-28 lead with 2:23 left. On the final drive of the game, Idaho State scored both a touchdown and extra point kick with no time left on the clock.

Murray carried the ball 23 times, averaging 8.9 yards per carry, and scored a touchdown. Freund completed 20 of 26 passes for three touchdowns.

Idaho State was led by quarterback Russel Hill who completed 30 of 44 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns. Bengal wide receiver Jaron Taylor caught touchdown passes of 47 and 41 yards and had eight receptions in all for 159 yards.

North Dakota led 24-7 at the end of the first half, paced by Freund's 14-for-18 passing for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Also during that half, Murray rushed for 122 yards and one touchdown. Brandon Hellevang kicked a 43-yard field goal with 58 seconds left in the half for North Dakota's final score in the first 30 minutes.

Idaho State's lone touchdown in the first half was the 41-yard score to Taylor with 7:14 left in the second quarter. Idaho State kicker Jarrett Huk missed a 45-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter.

North Dakota recorded 478 total yards to Idaho State's 479.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UND
IDST
1st Downs2727
Total Yards478479
Passing237396
Rushing24183
Penalties4-353-29
3rd Down Conversions3-69-14
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers11
Possession31:4628:14

Passing Leaders

North DakotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Freund20/262379.130
Idaho StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hill30/443969.030

Rushing Leaders

North DakotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Murray232048.9145
Brady11494.5111
Idaho StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cornist14725.1113
Knickrehm7152.117

Receiving Leaders

North DakotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Trenbeath99210.2120
Nicholas35719.0039
Idaho StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor815919.9247
Thompson57414.8023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNDIDST
TD05:34Brady Trenbeath 17 Yd Pass From Danny Freund (Brandon Hellevang Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERUNDIDST
TD14:52Josh Murray 26 Yd Run (Brandon Hellevang Kick) 140
TD08:45Brandon Brady 12 Yd Pass From Danny Freund (Brandon Hellevang Kick) 210
TD07:14Jaron Taylor 41 Yd Pass From Russel Hill (Jarrett Huk Kick) 217
FG00:00Brandon Hellevang 43 Yd 247
THIRD QUARTERUNDIDST
TD11:53Brandon Brady 6 Yd Run (Brandon Hellevang Kick) 317
TD08:11Jaron Taylor 47 Yd Pass From Russel Hill (Jarrett Huk Kick) 3114
TD02:46Clint Knickrehm 7 Yd Run (Jarrett Huk Kick) 3121
FOURTH QUARTERUNDIDST
TD09:03Ken Cornist 13 Yd Run (Jarrett Huk Kick) 3128
TD02:23Marcus Tibesar 7 Yd Pass From Danny Freund (Brandon Hellevang Kick) 3828
TD00:00Edsel Logan 21 Yd Pass From Russel Hill (Jarrett Huk Kick) 3835