North Dakota State Bison football
|North Dakota State Bison Football|
|Head coach||Chris Klieman
1st year, 0–0 (–)
|Stadium surface||AstroTurf Magic Carpet II (2012)|
|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||665–369–34 (.639)|
|Postseason bowl record||7–5 (.583)|
|Playoff record||14–1 (Div. I FCS)
30–12 (Div. II)
|Claimed national titles||11|
Green and Yellow
|Fight song||On Bison|
|Marching band||Gold Star Marching Band|
|Rivals||South Dakota State University (Dakota Marker)
University of North Dakota (Nickel Trophy)
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 play in the Fargodome located in Fargo, ND. The Bison are the current three-time defending NCAA Division I-FCS National Champions and have a 43-2 record since the start of 2011, the best record in all of Division I Football during that time frame. As of January 4, 2014, the Bison have won 24 straight games, the longest streak in FCS history. In the final AP Football Poll of the 2013-14 season, North Dakota State finished with 17 points which placed them in the 29th ranked spot, the highest in FCS history.
- 1 History
- 2 National Championships
- 3 Division I record against FBS competition
- 4 Conference championships
- 5 Playoff history
- 6 Head coaching history
- 7 2014 coaching staff
- 8 All-Time statistical leaders
- 9 Notable players
- 10 Stadiums
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The Bison fielded their first team in 1891 and were originally known as the NDAC Farmers. From the early 1900's to 1921, the North Dakota Agricultural College (Later renamed North Dakota State University) mascot was the Aggies. In 1902, Eddie Cochems, known as the father of the forward pass was hired as head coach of the Bison where he experimented building an offense around his new technique; which subsequently became legal in the 1906 college football season; Cochems went 9-1 in his 2 year stint as head coach. The college hired famed Michigan Halfback Paul Magoffin, the first player to ever catch a forward pass in 1907, as head coach, but he left for the head coaching position offered to him by George Washington University a year later. The 1918 season was cancelled due to the outbreak of the Spanish Flu in conjunction with the first World War. The 1943 and 1944 seasons were also cancelled due to World War II and the shortage of eligible players. Keeping with their Michigan favoritism, the NDAC hired Stanley Borleske in 1919 to coach the football, basketball, and baseball teams. After six years of coaching and a 36-36-7 record, Borleske left for Fresno State but is largely credited with developing the Bison mascot. It was well known he was not a fan of the "Aggies" mascot, wanting something 'strong and fierce' he came up with the 'Bison' which remains the mascot today. He also coined the term "Thundering Herd" which is still a common reference to the NDSU Bison Football fanbase.
1922–2003: Division II
In 1921, NDSU became a charter member of the now-defunct North Central Conference, which they remained affiliated with for 82 years until 2003. Their primary rival during this time were the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (who have since changed their nickname) whom they competed with to win the Nickel Trophy. As members of Division II, they won 8 national championships with an overall record of 347-94-4 having only 2 losing seasons from 1964-2003.
2004–Present: Division I (FCS)
In 2004, all North Dakota State athletic teams moved to Division I. From 2004 to 2007, the Bison were members of the Great West Football Conference. Since 2008 they have been affiliated with the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Since moving to Division I, their primary rival are the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits whom they compete with each year for the Dakota Marker. The team's former head coach was Craig Bohl, who led the Bison since 2003, and holds the school record for most wins by a head coach. At the beginning of the 2013 football season the Bison had a Division I record of 92-29. Craig Bohl accepted a new position with Wyoming and Chris Klieman became the new Head Coach.
The NDSU Bison are the only FCS program to ever be ranked higher #34 in the AP National Football Poll. After the 2011 Championship Game, the Bison became only the second team in FCS History to receive votes in the final AP Top 25 with 2, putting them at #32 overall (FCS Record); the other being Appalachian State who receive 5 votes after their third consecutive FCS Championship in 2007 and ended at #34. After the 2012 season, the Bison again broke the barrier and became the first ever FCS team to breach the poll twice by receiving 1 vote and ending at #36 in the nation. Due to the overwhelming support and attention NDSU got during this run, ESPN announced that it would host itsESPN College GameDay program in downtown Fargo on September 21, 2013. The Bison ended up beating Delaware State 51-0 later that day. The Bison finished the 2013 regular season with an undefeated 11-0 record, their first perfect season since 1990. The Bison became the first FCS team to ever finish the regular season ranked on the AP Poll at #34 with 1 vote. After winning their third consecutive championship game after the 2013 season, the Bison were ranked #29 in the National Division I AP Poll, tallying a massive 17 votes, breaking all records for an FCS team.
Collectively, the Bison have won 30 conference championships, and eleven national championships. They were selected as NCAA College Division II 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 three times in consecutive seasons (2011, 2012, 2013). The Bison football program has had only 3 losing seasons since 1964.
North Dakota State has won 11 National championships; 8 as a member of Division II and 3 as a member of Division I (FCS).
|1965||Darrell Mudra||NCAA DII by Polling||11-0||20-7||Grambling State|
|1968||Ron Erhardt||NCAA DII by Polling||10-0||23-14||Arkansas State|
|1969||Ron Erhardt||NCAA DII by Polling||10-0||30-3||Montana|
|1983||Don Morton||NCAA DII Playoff||12-1||41-21||Central State|
|1985||Earle Solomonson||NCAA DII Playoff||11-2-1||35-7||North Alabama|
|1986||Earle Solomonson||NCAA DII Playoff||13-0||27-7||South Dakota|
|1988||Rocky Hager||NCAA DII Playoff||14-0||35-21||Portland State|
|1990||Rocky Hager||NCAA DII Playoff||14-0||51-11||IUP|
|2011||Craig Bohl||NCAA DI 20 Team Playoff||14-1||17-6||Sam Houston State|
|2012||Craig Bohl||NCAA DI 20 Team Playoff||14-1||39-13||Sam Houston State|
|2013||Craig Bohl||NCAA DI 24 Team Playoff||15-0||35-7||Towson University|
Division I record against FBS competition
Division I (FCS)
North Dakota State has appeared in 4 straight NCAA Division I FCS playoff berths, which they became eligible for in 2008. As of 1/4/2014, the Bison have posted a 96-29 record in Division I play. Since the beginning of 2011, NDSU has won 3 National Championships and gone 43-2 which included a 24 game winning streak; longest streak in FCS history.
|2010||#16||2-1||Quarterfinals||#5 Eastern Washington University||31-38(OT)||Craig Bohl|
|2011||#2||4-0||Champions||#1 Sam Houston State||17-6||Craig Bohl|
|2012||#1||4-0||Champions||#5 Sam Houston State||39-13||Craig Bohl|
|2013||#1||4-0||Champions||#7 Towson Tigers||35-7||Craig Bohl|
North Dakota State has appeared in 23 NCAA Division II Playoff Berth's from 1964 to 2003. During this stretch NDSU compiled a massive 347-94-4 winning almost 80% of their games for 4 decades and claiming 8 Championships along the way. NDSU appeared in 7 out of 10 Championship games from 1981-1990; an unrivaled number in DII as they posted an astounding 111-16-2(.875) mark. While this is a startling record, from 1964 to 1973 the Bison went 90-12-1(.887) including a winning streak of 35 games.
|1964||1-0||Winner||Mineral Water Bowl||Western State||14-13||Darrell Mudra|
|1965||1-0||Champions||Pecan Bowl||Grambling State||20-7||Darrell Mudra|
|1967||0-1||Runner Up||Pecan Bowl||Texas-Arlington||13-10||Ron Erhardt|
|1968||1-0||Champions||Pecan Bowl||Arkansas State||23-14||Ron Erhardt|
|1969||1-0||Champions||Camellia Bowl||Montana||30-3||Ron Erhardt|
|1970||1-0||3rd Place||Camellia Bowl||Montana||31-16||Ron Erhardt|
|1976||1-1||3rd Place||Semifinals||Montana State||10-3||Jim Wacker|
|1977||1-1||3rd Place||Semifinals||Jacksonville State||31-7||Jim Wacker|
|1981||2-1||Runner Up||Championship||Texas State||42-13||Don Morton|
|1982||1-1||3rd Place||Semifinals||UC Davis||19-14||Don Morton|
|1983||3-0||Champions||Championship||Central State||26-17||Don Morton|
|1984||2-1||Runner Up*||Championship||Troy||18-17||Don Morton|
|1985||3-0||Champions||Championship||North Alabama||35-7||Earle Solomonson|
|1986||3-0||Champions||Championship||South Dakota||27-7||Earle Solomonson|
|1988||4-0||Champions||Championship||Portland State||35-21||Rocky Hager|
|1989||1-1||Quarterfinals||Jacksonville State||21-17||Rocky Hager|
|1991||0-1||1st Round||Mankato State||27-7||Rocky Hager|
|1992||1-1||Quarterfinals||Pittsburg State||38-37(OT)||Rocky Hager|
|1994||1-1||Quarterfinals||North Dakota||14-7||Rocky Hager|
|1995||1-1||Quarterfinals||Pittsburg State||9-7||Rocky Hager|
|1997||0-1||1st Round||Northwest Missouri State||39-28||Bob Babich|
|2000||2-1||Semifinals||Delta State||34-16||Bob Babich|
- At the end of the 1984 championship game NDSU took the lead on a field goal making it 17-15 with 1:36 left; after being on the Troy 2 yard line and settling for 3 points. Troy subsequently drove down the field with no timeouts to the Bison's 33 yard line with :15 remaining. With apparent confusion on the field Troy rushed the field goal team out on the field and freshman kicker Ted Clem kicked the longest field goal in Troy history of 50 yards as time expired to give the Trojans the victory.
Head coaching history
On September 21, 2013, Craig Bohl won his 92nd game and became the winningest coach in North Dakota State history by defeating Delaware State 51-0, which happened to be the same weekend ESPN College GameDay was hosting their Saturday morning football show from downtown Fargo, ND. Rocky Hager holds the record for most conference titles won with 5.
|#||Coach||Years Active||Record||Conference Titles|
|1||Henry Luke Bolley||1894–1899||7-8-1||NA|
|4||A. L. Marshall||1904–1905||4-7-1||NA|
|9||Paul J. Davis||1915–1917||10-7-1||NA|
|10||Stanley Borleske||1919–1921, 1923–1924, 1928||20-18-5||NA|
|14||Stan Kostka||1941, 1946–1947||8-17-0||0|
|15||Robert A. Lowe||1942–1945||3-9-2||0|
Updated on: November 9, 2013
2014 coaching staff
|Chris Klieman||Head Coach|
|Tim Polasek||Offensive Coordinator/Runningbacks Coach|
|Matt Entz||Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach|
|Randy Hedberg||Quarterbacks Coach|
|Jamar Cain||Defensive Ends Coach|
|Conor Riley||Offensive Line Coach|
|Nick Goeser||Recruiting Coordinator|
|Tyler Roehl||Tight Ends/Full Backs Coach|
|Joe Klanderman||Defensive backs Coach|
|Grant Olson||Defensive Assistant|
All-Time statistical leaders
- Passing Yards: Steve Walker (451, 2006)
- Rushing Yards: Tyler Roehl (263 2007)
- Receiving Yards: Len Kretchman (232, 1988)
- Passing Yards: Brock Jensen (2,524 2011)
- Rushing Yards: Lamar Gordon - (1,727 2000)
- Receiving Yards: Zach Vraa - (1,191 2013)
- Passing Yards: Brock Jensen - (7,651 2010-Date)
- Rushing Yards: Lamar Gordon - (4,700 1997-2001)
- Receiving Yards: Kole Heckendorf (2,732 2005-2008)
- ‡Wins: Brock Jensen - (45, 2010-Date)
‡Denotes FCS Record
- Jeff Bentrim
- Tyrone Braxton
- Craig Dahl
- Mike Dragosavich
- Lamar Gordon
- Phil Hansen
- Kole Heckendorf
- Ramon Humber
- Joe Mays
- Steve Nelson
- Stacy Robinson
- Tyler Roehl
- Tom Shockman
- Nick Schommer
- Travis White
- Brock Jensen
- Scott Schutt
- Haley, Craig. "In the FCS Huddle: FCS champ North Dakota State goes back-to-back". Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- NDSU 2006 Schedule "North Dakota State 2006 Schedule hosted by ESPN". ESPN. December 1, 2011.
- NDSU 2007 Schedule "North Dakota State 2007 Schedule hosted by ESPN". ESPN. December 1, 2011.
- NDSU 2008 Schedule "North Dakota State 2008 Schedule hosted by ESPN". ESPN. December 1, 2011.
- NDSU 2009 Schedule "North Dakota State 2009 Schedule hosted by ESPN". ESPN. December 1, 2011.
- NDSU 2010 Schedule "North Dakota State 2010 Schedule hosted by ESPN". ESPN. December 1, 2011.
- NDSU 2011 Schedule "North Dakota State 2011 Schedule hosted by ESPN". ESPN. December 1, 2011.
- "Final ND St 22 Colorado St 7". September 8, 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Final ND St 24 Kansas St 21". August 30, 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- "Iowa notes: Non-conference schedule update". September 20, 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2013.