Western IllinoisLeathernecksWIU
4-2, 2-1
North Dakota StateBisonNDSU
3-3, 1-2

W. Illinois 27, N. Dakota St. 22

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.

2015 Missouri Valley Football Conference Standings

North Dakota State7-113-2
Illinois State7-110-2
Northern Iowa5-39-4
South Dakota State5-38-4
Western Illinois5-37-6
Indiana State3-55-6
South Dakota3-55-6
Youngstown State3-55-6
Southern Illinois2-63-8
Missouri State0-81-10