FARGO, N.D. -- D.J. McNorton ran for one touchdown and caught a pass for another as North Dakota State beat Illinois State 20-10 on Saturday.
The Bison (4-0), playing their Missouri Valley opener after coming off a 37-24 victory over Minnesota last week, scored first when Brock Jensen connected with McNorton for a 36-yard touchdown. McNorton's 15-yard run gave North Dakota State a 14-3 lead early in the third quarter, and Bobby Ollman returned an interception 82 yards for the Bison's other TD.
Jensen finished with 207 yards passing and 28 yards rushing for North Dakota State, while McNorton ran for 56 yards. The Redbirds outgained the Bison 397 yards to 331.
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