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.