Scores

Final

North Dakota St 37

(10-1, 7-1 MVFC)

W Illinois 21

(2-9, 1-7 MVFC)

2:00 PM ET, November 19, 2011

Hanson Field, Macomb, IL

1 2 3 4 T
NDSU 7 14 16 037
WIU 0 0 7 1421

Top Performers

Passing: B. Jensen (NDSU) - 196 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Ojuri (NDSU) - 24 CAR, 128 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: T. Crump (WIU) - 4 REC, 62 YDS

N. Dakota St. 37, W. Illinois 21

Associated Press

MACOMB, Ill. -- Sam Ojuri rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Williams returned one of his two interceptions 56 yards for a score, and North Dakota State beat Western Illinois 37-21 Saturday to clinch a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference regular-season title.

Brock Jensen added a rushing score to go with 196 yards passing for the Bison (10-1, 7-1), who shook off losing their first game last week to Youngstown State. North Dakota State should get a first-round bye in the FCS playoffs.

Western Illinois (2-9, 1-7) got 106 yards rushing from Nikko Watson and 104 from Caulton Ray, with each scoring a touchdown.

Cody Reardon threw a 10-yard TD pass to Rick Richardson for the Leathernecks, but completed just five other passes for 82 yards total. Williams intercepted him twice, returning the second one to give North Dakota State a 34-0 lead five minutes into the third quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NDSU
WIU
1st Downs1714
Total Yards363292
Passing19682
Rushing167210
Penalties3-308-79
3rd Down Conversions5-106-13
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers22
Possession31:2528:35

Passing Leaders

North Dakota StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jensen12/1919610.301
Western IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reardon6/14825.912

Rushing Leaders

North Dakota StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ojuri241285.3318
McNorton5275.409
Western IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Watson161066.6131
Ray251044.2118

Receiving Leaders

North Dakota StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Holloway35518.3034
Veldman25226.0027
Western IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Crump46215.5030
Richardson22010.0110

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNDSUWIU
TD00:34Sam Ojuri 2 Yd Run (Ryan Jastram Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERNDSUWIU
TD08:23Brock Jensen 1 Yd Run (Ryan Jastram Kick) 140
TD02:51Sam Ojuri 6 Yd Run (Ryan Jastram Kick) 210
THIRD QUARTERNDSUWIU
TD11:51Sam Ojuri 6 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 270
TD10:09Marcus Williams 56 Yd Interception Return (Ryan Jastram Kick) 340
TD06:07Caulton Ray 2 Yd Run (Pat Smith Kick) 347
FG01:07Ryan Jastram 20 Yd 377
FOURTH QUARTERNDSUWIU
TD13:16Rick Richardson 10 Yd Pass From Cody Reardon (Pat Smith Kick) 3714
TD08:32Nikko Watson 1 Yd Run (Pat Smith Kick) 3721