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Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) - At some point, when North Dakota State comes knocking at the door, an FBS school will be smart not to answer it.

The two-time defending FCS national champion Bison stunned Kansas State, 24-21, Friday night - the fourth straight year in which they have defeated an FBS opponent.

Quarterback Brock Jensen capped an 18-play drive on a 1-yard keeper with 28 seconds left to erase a 21-17 deficit and lift the Bison (1-0) before a sellout crowd at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and a nationally televised audience.

North Dakota State hasn't lost a road game since the 2010 FCS quarterfinals. The win was head coach Craig Bohl's 90th in 11 seasons with the Bison, leaving him one shy of Rocky Hager's school record.

The season-opening loss was the first for Kansas State (0-1) since 1981.

"We have a remarkable program," Bohl said. "We have a remarkable group of seniors and they have a tremendous amount of confidence. They are not cocky, they have a strong conviction, and we even talked about that during the course of being down by a couple possessions. It certainly does not surprise us, but I think it is just another notch. We have had a lot of these type of wins, but never over a program like this."

Jensen, who accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing), completed 21-of-30 pass attempts for 164 yards.

The redshirt senior engineered the game-winning drive, which went 80 yards and clipped 8 minutes, 30 seconds off the game clock. On the touchdown, he spun around after taking the snap and then forced his way into the K-State end zone.

On Kansas State's final possession, Bison linebacker Grant Olson intercepted Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters to put the game away.

The two-time-defending Missouri Valley Football Conference champions, who are top-ranked in The Sports Network FCS Top 25, truly were purple people eaters in improving to 7-3 against FCS opponents since 2006.

North Dakota State scored the game's final 17 points in pulling the upset.

The Bison trailed 21-7 in the third quarter before it cut the deficit in half on Jensen's second touchdown pass, a 9-yarder to tight end Kevin Vaadeland with 3:43 left.

On their next possession, the Bison were seemingly pinned at their 2-yard line, but Sam Ojuri broke off a 66-yard run on the first play. The long gain set up Adam Keller's 41-yard field goal, which pulled the Bison within 21-17 with 12 seconds left in the quarter.

North Dakota State held the ball for nearly 12 more minutes than Kansas State. Ojuri finished with 126 yards on 10 carries, helping the Bison control the clock with 214 rushing yards.

The Bison's winning streak over FBS opponents began with victories at Kansas in 2010, Minnesota in 2011 and Colorado State in 2012.

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Thursday, Aug. 29

No. 11 Towson (1-0) 33, Connecticut (0-1) 18

Towson pulled the biggest surprise on the opening night of the college football season, getting two touchdowns each from junior running backs Terrance West and Sterlin Phifer in beating an FBS opponent for the first time in seven all-time games.

Phifer caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Peter Athens in the first quarter and scored on a 5-yard run with 7:04 left in the second quarter to put the Tigers ahead for good, 13-7.

UConn closed within 13-10 by halftime, but Athens' 1-yard scoring run capped a 95-yard drive for Towson in the third quarter, making it 19-10.

In the fourth quarter, Towson put the game away on West's two touchdown runs on fourth downs. He finished with 156 yards on 36 carries and raised his career touchdown total to 46 in 22 career games.

No. 2 Montana State (1-0) 42, Monmouth (0-1) 24

The Bobcats jumped to a 39-3 halftime lead and had 561 yards of total offense while cruising to the season-opening win.

Walter Payton Award candidate DeNarius McGhee completed 19-of-27 passes for 270 yards, but failed to throw for a touchdown. Cody Kirk rushed for a pair of touchdowns.

No. 7 Central Arkansas (1-0) 58, Incarnate Word (0-1) 7

The Bears rolled to their 13th straight win on their three-year-old gray-and- purple turf at Estes Stadium.

Quarterback Wynrick Smothers was 27-of-31 for 267 yards and one touchdown. Running backs Blake Veasley and Danzel Williams and wide receiver Jatavious Wilson scored two touchdowns each.

Ball State (1-0) 51, No. 13 Illinois State (0-1) 28

Ball State overcame a 21-9 deficit in the second quarter by scoring six unanswered touchdowns.

Iowa State transfer Jared Barnett completed 20-of-29 passes for 282 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in his debut with Illinois State.

Junior college transfer Collin Keoshian scored on a pair of short runs, but only finished with 10 yards on eight carries.

UT Martin (1-0) 31, No. 24 Chattanooga (0-1) 21

D.J. McNeil (134 yards) and Trent Garland (116) both went over 100 rushing yards and scored one touchdown as UT Martin earned an impressive road win.

Chattanooga failed to make the most of UTM's three turnovers and 10 penalties. Quarterback Jacob Huesman had 316 yards of total offense (226 passing, 90 rushing) and threw for three touchdowns, including a pair to tight end Faysal Shafaat.

Friday, Aug. 30

Arizona (1-0) 35, No. 18 Northern Arizona (0-1) 0

Arizona controlled the game with 306 rushing yards and intercepted Northern Arizona quarterback Kyren Poe three times while forcing three sacks.

NAU running back Zach Bauman carried the ball 21 times for 71 yards. The senior needs 48 rushing yards to pass Marcus King and become the school record holder.

Saturday, Aug. 31

Boston College (1-0) 24, No. 5 Villanova (0-1) 14

Villanova built a 14-7 lead in the first quarter, but didn't score again, surrendering the game's final 17 points in the second quarter.

For 'Nova, Jamal Abdur-Rahman scored on a 47-yard touchdown run off a fake punt and caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from 2012 Jerry Rice Award winner John Robertson.

No. 19 James Madison (0-0) 38, Central Connecticut State (0-1) 14

Quarterback Michael Birdong rushed for two touchdowns and threw for one more, while Dae'Quan Scott rushed for 120 yards - nearly half of James Madison's 247 yards on the ground - and scored on a 54-yard punt return.

Central Connecticut State held the ball for 13 1/2 minutes more than JMU despite the lopsided score.

Savannah State (0-0) at No. 8 Georgia Southern (0-0), 6 p.m.

No. 4 Eastern Washington (0-0) at Oregon State (0-0), 6 p.m.

VMI (0-0) at No. 16 Richmond (0-0), 6 p.m.

No. 25 Coastal Carolina (0-0) at South Carolina State (0-0), 6 p.m.

Houston Baptist (0-0) at No. 3 Sam Houston State (0-0), 7 p.m.

Butler (0-0) at No. 6 South Dakota State (0-0), 7 p.m.

San Diego (0-0) at No. 14 Cal Poly (0-0), 7:05 p.m.

No. 8 Wofford (0-0) at Baylor (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

No. 17 Northern Iowa (0-0) at Iowa State (0-0), 8 p.m.

No. 21 Eastern Illinois (0-0) at San Diego State (0-0), 8 p.m.

No. 12 Appalachian State (0-0) at No. 20 Montana (0-0), 9 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 1

No. 23 Bethune-Cookman (0-0) at Tennessee State (0-0), 8 p.m.

Idle

No. 10 New Hampshire Wildcats (0-0)

No. 16. Stony Brook Seawolves (0-0)

No. 22. Lehigh Mountain Hawks (0-0)

08/31 21:39:31 ET



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