Saturday, November 10, 2012 | Valley Football
Bison Earn Share of Crown

FARGO, N.D. -- Sam Ojuri rushed for a touchdown, Brock Jensen threw a scoring pass to Kevin Vaadeland, and North Dakota State held South Dakota State to a season low in total offense Saturday in a 20-17 win that clinched at least a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title.

Adam Keller added a pair of field goals for NDSU (9-1, 6-1), including a 30-yarder in the third quarter that put the Bison ahead for good.

The Bison held SDSU (7-3, 5-2) to 209 yards of total offense, just 46 of them on the ground. A lot of those yards came on the Jackrabbits' 74-yard scoring drive in the final minutes, but SDSU couldn't recover the ensuing onside kick and NDSU ran out the clock.

Ojuri had 75 yards rushing and put the Bison ahead 20-10 on a 3-yard touchdown run with 2:39 left that proved to be the game-winning score.

For the second-straight year, the NDSU Bison (6-1) will have at least a share of the title, as the Bison shared last year's crown with UNI.  NDSU can win the title outright if it wins next weekend at Illinois State.   Illinois State (5-2), meanwhile, can earn its second title in its history with a win against NDSU (the game will be on ESPN3 at 12 pm CT on Nov. 17).   South Dakota State (5-2) and Indiana State (5-2) are also in the mix for a co-championship should Illinois State win.