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North Dakota State Bison football
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First season 1894
Head coach Craig Bohl
Home stadium Fargodome
Year built 1992
Stadium capacity 18,700
Stadium surface AstroTurf
Location Fargo, North Dakota
League NCAA Division I FCS
Conference Missouri Valley Football Conference
Past conferences Great West (2004–2007)
North Central (1922–2003)
All-time record 651–369–34
Postseason bowl record 7–5
Claimed national titles 10
Conference titles 29
Colors Green and Yellow            
Fight song On Bison
Mascot Thundar
Marching band Gold Star Marching Band
Rivals North Dakota
South Dakota State
Website gobison.com

The North Dakota State Bison football program represents North Dakota State University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level and competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Bison are the current back-to-back defending NCAA Division I-FCS national champion.

From 2004 to 2007, the Bison were members of the Great West Football Conference, before which they were a NCAA Division II program in the North Central Conference. The team's current head coach is Craig Bohl, who has led the Bison since 2003. During the 2012 season, North Dakota State compiled a record of 14–1 and won the Missouri Valley Football Conference title on the way to repeating as FCS champions. The Bison have won ten national championships; they were selected as NCAA College Division champions by polling three times (1965, 1968, 1969), won the NCAA Division II National Football Championship five times (1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990), and have won the NCAA Division I Football Championship twice (2011, 2012).[1]

HistoryEdit

Division I Record against FBS competitionEdit

Overall (6-3)

National championshipsEdit

College DivisionEdit

(by poll, following four regional bowl games - through 1972)

  • 1965, 1968, 1969

Division II Edit

(full playoffs - beginning 1973)

  • 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990
    • runners-up: 1981, 1984 [9]

Division I (FCS) Edit

Conference championshipsEdit

^ co-champion # tri-champion

FCS Playoff historyEdit

2010 - (20 teams)
First Round vs. Robert Morris, Won 43–17
Second Round vs. Montana State, Won 42–17
Quarterfinal vs. Eastern Washington, Lost 31–38 (OT)[12]

2011 - (20 teams)
First Round - bye week
Second Round vs James Madison, Won 26–14
Quarterfinal vs. Lehigh, Won 24–0
Semifinal vs Georgia Southern, Won 35–7
National Championship vs Sam Houston, Won 17–6 [13]


2012 - (20 teams)
First Round - bye week
Second Round vs South Dakota State, Won 28–3
Quarterfinal vs. Wofford, Won 14-7
Semifinal vs. Georgia Southern, Won 23-20
National Championship vs Sam Houston, Won 39-13

Year FCS Playoff
record
Finish Head Coach
2010 2–1 Quarterfinals Craig Bohl
2011 4–0 National Champions Craig Bohl
2012 4–0 National Champions Craig Bohl
Total 10–1

Bowl gamesEdit

Season Bowl Champion Runner-Up Note
1964 Mineral Water Bowl North Dakota State 14 Western State 13 College Div.
Regional
Quarterfinal
1965 Pecan Bowl North Dakota State 20 Grambling State 7
1967 Pecan Bowl Texas-Arlington 13 North Dakota State 0
1968 Pecan Bowl North Dakota State 23 Arkansas State 14
1969 Camellia Bowl North Dakota State 30 Montana 3
1970 Camellia Bowl North Dakota State 31 Montana 16
1976 Grantland Rice Bowl Montana State 10 North Dakota State 3 Div. II semifinal
1977 Grantland Rice Bowl Jacksonville State 31 North Dakota State 7
1981 Palm Bowl Texas State 42 North Dakota State 13 Div. II final
1983 Palm Bowl North Dakota State 41 Central State 21
1984 Palm Bowl Troy 18 North Dakota State 17
1985 Palm Bowl North Dakota State 35 North Alabama 7

Head coaching historyEdit

  • Updated on 11/11/2012
# Name Tenure Record Conf Titles
1 Henry Luke Bolley 1894–1899 7-8-1 NA
2 Jack Harrison 1900–1901 15-1-1 NA
3 Eddie Cochems 1902–1903 9-1-0 NA
4 A. L. Marshall 1904–1905 4-7-1 NA
5 Gil Dobie 1906–1907 8-0-0 NA
6 Paul Magoffin 1908 2-3-0 NA
7 Arthur Reuber 1909–1912 12-7-1 NA
8 Howard Wood 1913–1914 5-5-2 NA
9 Paul J. Davis 1915–1917 10-7-1 NA
10 Stanley Borleske 1919–1921, 1923–1924, 1928 20-18-5 NA
11 Joe Cutting 1922 6-2-0 0
12 Ion Cortright 1925–1927 13-8-2 1
13 Casey Finnegan 1928–1940 57-48-11 2
14 Stan Kostka 1941, 1946–1947 8-17-0 0
15 Robert A. Lowe 1942–1945 3-9-2 0
16 Howard Bliss 1948–1949 3-16-0 0
17 Mac Wenskunas 1950–1953 11-21-1 0
18 Del Anderson 1954–1955 1-17-1 0
19 Les Luymes 1956 5-4-0 0
20 Bob Danielson 1957–1962 13-39-2 0
21 Darrell Mudra 1963–1965 24-6-0 1
22 Ron Erhardt 1966–1972 67-7-1 3
23 Ev Kjelbertson 1973–1975 17-13-0 2
24 Jim Wacker 1976–1978 24-9-1 2
25 Don Morton 1979–1984 57-15-0 4
26 Earle Solomonson 1985–1986 24-2-1 2
27 Rocky Hager 1987–1996 91-25-1 5
28 Bob Babich 1997–2002 46-22-0 0
29 Craig Bohl 2003–present 89-32-0 3
Totals 651-369-34 29

Notable playersEdit

StadiumsEdit

File:2009-0518-Fargodome.jpg

ReferencesEdit

  1. Haley, Craig. "In the FCS Huddle: FCS champ North Dakota State goes back-to-back". http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/news/newstest.aspx?id=4554341. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  2. NDSU 2006 Schedule "North Dakota State 2006 Schedule hosted by ESPN". ESPN. December 1, 2011. http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/schedule/_/id/2449/year/2006/north-dakota-state-bison NDSU 2006 Schedule.
  3. NDSU 2007 Schedule "North Dakota State 2007 Schedule hosted by ESPN". ESPN. December 1, 2011. http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/schedule/_/id/2449/year/2007/north-dakota-state-bison NDSU 2007 Schedule.
  4. NDSU 2008 Schedule "North Dakota State 2008 Schedule hosted by ESPN". ESPN. December 1, 2011. http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/schedule/_/id/2449/year/2008/north-dakota-state-bison NDSU 2008 Schedule.
  5. NDSU 2009 Schedule "North Dakota State 2009 Schedule hosted by ESPN". ESPN. December 1, 2011. http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/schedule/_/id/2449/year/2009/north-dakota-state-bison NDSU 2009 Schedule.
  6. NDSU 2010 Schedule "North Dakota State 2010 Schedule hosted by ESPN". ESPN. December 1, 2011. http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/schedule/_/id/2449/year/2010/north-dakota-state-bison NDSU 2010 Schedule.
  7. NDSU 2011 Schedule "North Dakota State 2011 Schedule hosted by ESPN". ESPN. December 1, 2011. http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/schedule/_/id/2449/north-dakota-state-bison NDSU 2011 Schedule.
  8. "Final ND St 22 Colorado St 7". September 8, 2012. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=322520036. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  9. National Championships "Division II Football Championship History at NCAA.com". NCAA. September 20, 2011. http://www.ncaa.com/history/football/d2 National Championships.
  10. National Championships "Division II Football Championship History at NCAA.com". NCAA. January 7, 2012. http://www.ncaa.com/history/football/d2 National Championships.
  11. NCC official record book page 77 "NCC official record book". North Central Conference. December 11, 2011. http://static.psbin.com/n/i/ldek9e45mq16q7/08_Record_Book.pdf NCC official record book page 77.
  12. "Football - 2010 Schedule". North Dakota State University. September 20, 2011. http://www.gobison.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPSID=11844&SPID=695&DB_OEM_ID=2400&Q_SEASON=2010.
  13. "Football - 2011 Schedule". North Dakota State University. December 3, 2011. http://www.gobison.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=2400&SPID=695&SPSID=11844.

External linksEdit

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