Scores

Final

W Illinois 27

(4-2, 2-1 MVFC)

North Dakota St 22

(3-3, 1-2 MVFC)

4:07 PM ET, October 11, 2008

Fargodome, Fargo, ND

1 2 3 4 T
WIU 7 7 7 627
NDSU 0 10 6 622

Top Performers

Passing: N. Mertens (NDSU) - 185 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: H. Donaldson (WIU) - 26 CAR, 124 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Heckendorf (NDSU) - 6 REC, 113 YDS

W. Illinois 27, N. Dakota St. 22

Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. -- Herb Donaldson ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns and Buddy Dudczak returned a blocked punt 17 yards for a score as Western Illinois beat North Dakota State 27-22 Saturday in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

NDSU (3-3, 1-2) has lost three of its last four games while Western Illinois (4-2, 2-1) has won three straight.

Donaldson, who had rushed for 200 yards in each of his previous two games, scored on two 2-yard runs in the first half to help the Leathernecks take a 14-10 lead into halftime.

Shawn Bibeau kicked a 30-yard field goal for the Bison as time ran out in the first half.

Dudczak's return with 6:22 left in the third quarter gave Western Illinois its largest lead at 21-10 and Taylor Rowan kicked two field goals, including a 54-yarder with 3:47 remaining.

Tyler Roehl scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards for NDSU, which was held to just 126 yards on the ground. Roehl had just 44 yards on 17 carries.

Nick Mertens was 12-for-23 for 185 yards, including a 34-yard TD pass to Jordan Schultenover that pulled NDSU within 24-22 with 9:39 remaining.

NDSU's last two possessions ended with a sack of fourth-and-15 and on an interception.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WIU
NDSU
1st Downs1312
Total Yards280311
Passing132185
Rushing148126
Penalties8-586-56
3rd Down Conversions5-134-13
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers12
Possession31:3128:29

Passing Leaders

Western IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Barr8/151328.800
North Dakota StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mertens12/231858.011

Rushing Leaders

Western IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Donaldson261244.8229
Gibbs6345.7013
North Dakota StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Voigtlander14545.0045
Roehl17442.628

Receiving Leaders

Western IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Warner17575.0075
Sims5418.2011
North Dakota StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Heckendorf611318.8042
Schultenover13434.0134

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWIUNDSU
TD01:17Herb Donaldson 2 Yd Run (Taylor Rowan Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERWIUNDSU
TD13:18Tyler Roehl 2 Yd Run (Shawn Bibeau Kick) 77
TD10:50Herb Donaldson 2 Yd Run (Taylor Rowan Kick) 147
FG00:00Shawn Bibeau 30 Yd 1410
THIRD QUARTERWIUNDSU
TD06:22Buddy Dudczak 17 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Taylor Rowan Kick) 2110
TD05:43Tyler Roehl 3 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 2116
FOURTH QUARTERWIUNDSU
FG11:32Taylor Rowan 41 Yd 2416
TD09:39Jordan Schultenover 34 Yd Pass From Nick Mertens (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2422
FG03:47Taylor Rowan 54 Yd 2722