TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Brock Jensen threw four touchdown passes and Christian Dudzik returned two punts for touchdowns as North Dakota State avenged its only loss from the 2012 season by beating Indiana State 56-10 Saturday.
Jensen completed 13 of 14 passes for 186 yards and added 46 yards rushing and Zach Vraa caught seven balls for 122 yards and two touchdowns for the Bison (8-0, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference).
Indiana State (1-7, 0-4) was limited to 157 total yards and converted just three of 15 third downs as NDSU racked up six sacks and 11 tackles for loss. The Bison, the two-time defending national champions, came into the game ranked first in the FCS in four statistical categories, including total defense (257.9) and third down conversion defense (.250).
Rob Tonyan Jr. and Kendall Walker combined to complete four of 20 passes for 59 yards for the Sycamores.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.
The defense, as usual, looks solid at Missouri. But the offense will need to make rapid improvement under a new coaching staff.
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|South Dakota State||5-3||8-4|