NORMAL, Ill. -- Sam Ojuri and John Crockett each rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown, Marcus Williams returned a kickoff a career-long 98 yards for a score, and North Dakota State won the Missouri Valley Conference title Saturday, beating Illinois State 38-20 in both teams' regular-season finale.
Ojuri had 118 yards on the ground, including a 1-yard TD that capped a 21-point fourth quarter for the Bison (10-1, 7-1). Crockett scored on a 5-yard run and totaled 109 yards rushing.
Brock Jensen added two short rushing scores for NDSU, which improved to 11-0 on the road the past two seasons. Jensen had just 96 yards passing, but NDSU rolled up 274 yards on the ground.
Mark Richt says it's refreshing to return to Miami, where he played, and he's enjoying the progress of talented QB Brad Kaaya.
As new Illinois coach Lovie Smith shifts from the spread, no-huddle attack to a more pro-style approach, he will lean heavily on QB Wes Lunt.
It's Austin Allen's turn to lead the Razorbacks and he inherits a group of receivers that looks to be a strength in 2016.
Lowell Lotulelei is a big reason the Utes' defensive line is one of the best in the country.
Indiana guard Dan Feeney has allowed a total of one sack while starting every game over the past three seasons, anchoring a stout offensive line.
LSU announced Monday that Mike VI, the school's live tiger mascot, has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
|North Dakota State||7-1||13-2|
|South Dakota State||5-3||8-4|