Scores

Final

Youngstown St 7

(4-1, 1-1 MVC)

North Dakota St 48

(5-0, 2-0 MVC)

2:00 PM ET, October 6, 2012

Fargodome, FARGO, ND

1 2 3 4 T
YSU 7 0 0 07
NDSU 14 21 10 348

Top Performers

Passing: B. Jensen (NDSU) - 200 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Crockett (NDSU) - 25 CAR, 103 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: R. Smith (NDSU) - 7 REC, 82 YDS, 1 TD

N. Dakota St. 48, Youngstown St. 7

Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. -- Marcus Williams returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown Saturday to help North Dakota State blow open a close game and crush Youngstown State 48-7.

Williams stepped in front of a Kurt Hess pass at the NDSU 2 midway through the second quarter as the Penguins were driving for a possible tying score. That made it 21-7.

The defending Football Championship Subdivision champions tacked on two more touchdowns to go ahead 35-7 at halftime.

Ryan Smith and John Crockett each scored two touchdowns for the Bison (5-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley). Smith caught a TD pass from Brock Jensen and returned a punt 76 yards for a score, while Crockett ran for 103 yards.

Youngstown State (4-1, 1-1) was saddled with three turnovers, all in the first half.

The game was played before a record crowd of 19,065 at the Fargodome.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
YSU
NDSU
1st Downs1221
Total Yards211364
Passing117200
Rushing94164
Penalties2-254-38
3rd Down Conversions3-1011-15
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers30
Possession26:4833:12

Passing Leaders

Youngstown StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hess11/201175.912
North Dakota StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jensen15/232008.720

Rushing Leaders

Youngstown StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cook9434.8016
Pace6355.8017
North Dakota StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Crockett251034.1222
Lang7223.1011

Receiving Leaders

Youngstown StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Disher33411.3016
Adams12424.0024
North Dakota StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith78211.7117
Vraa35317.7146

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERYSUNDSU
TD11:40John Crockett 1 Yd Run (Adam Keller Kick) 07
TD06:08Carson Sharbaugh 1 Yd Pass From Kurt Hess (David Brown Kick) 77
TD04:23Zach Vraa 46 Yd Pass From Brock Jensen (Adam Keller Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERYSUNDSU
TD08:35Marcus Williams 98 Yd Interception Return (Adam Keller Kick) 721
TD01:45John Crockett 1 Yd Run (Adam Keller Kick) 728
TD00:51Ryan Smith 16 Yd Pass From Brock Jensen (Adam Keller Kick) 735
THIRD QUARTERYSUNDSU
FG07:32Adam Keller 49 Yd 738
TD05:27Ryan Smith 76 Yd Punt Return (Adam Keller Kick) 745
FOURTH QUARTERYSUNDSU
FG07:20Adam Keller 34 Yd 748