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North Dakota State bison Football
2017 North Dakota State Bison football team
North Dakota State Bison wordmark.svg
First season 1894
Head coach Chris Klieman
4th season, 40–5 (.889)
Stadium Fargodome (Gate City Bank Field)
Year built 1992
Seating capacity 19,000
Field surface AstroTurf Magic Carpet II (2012)
Location Fargo, North Dakota
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Missouri Valley Football Conference
Past conferences Great West (2004–2007)
North Central (1922–2003)
All-time record 696–370–34 (.648)
Bowl record 7–5 (.583)
Playoff appearances 30
Playoff record Div. I FCS: 24-2
Div. II: 35-13
Claimed nat'l titles 13
8 - (Div. II): 1965, 1968, 1969, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990
5 - (Div. I FCS): 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Conference titles 33
(6 MVFC, 1 GWFC, 26 NCC)
Rivalries South Dakota State University (Dakota Marker)
University of North Dakota (Nickel Trophy) (Suspended till 2019 [1])
University of Northern Iowa
University of South Dakota
Fight song On Bison
Mascot Thundar
Marching band Gold Star Marching Band
Website www.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 play in the 19,000 seat Fargodome located in Fargo, ND. The Bison have won 13 National Championships and 33 Conference Championships and won five-consecutive NCAA Division I-FCS National Championships between 2011 and 2015. NDSU is the only college football program to ever win five consecutive NCAA national championships. In regards to overall record, post-season play, and titles won over the past 5 years; the NDSU Bison Football program is known as one of the greatest dynasties in college football history.

Since 2011, the North Dakota State Bison have a record of 83–7 (.922) including a record 22 game playoff win streak, making them the most successful college football program in Division I this decade. The Bison are 137–34 (.801) since moving to Division I in 2004. Since 1964, the Bison have had only 3 losing seasons and an overall record of 485–136–4 (.779) through that 52-year span, one of the best in all of college football. North Dakota State currently has more all-time wins than any non-Ivy League FCS Program at nearly 700 all-time wins. Of all teams established after 1894, only Oklahoma has won a higher percentage of their games than NDSU. The team also has the record for the longest winning streak in Division I-FCS which stands at 33 consecutive games spanning from 2012 to 2014. It is also tied for the 3rd longest streak in NCAA football during the past 50 years.[2]

In the final AP Football Poll of the 2013–14 season; after their third consecutive National Championship, North Dakota State finished with 17 votes which ranked them at #29 in all of D1 football, the highest end of season ranking of any team in the history of FCS football. After defeating 13th-ranked (FBS) Iowa in 2016, the Bison earned 74 votes and a #27 ranking in the entire D1 field, overtaking their previous record to become the highest-ranked FCS team of all time.[3]

History[edit]

1894–1921: Beginnings[edit]

The Bison fielded their first team in 1894 and were originally known as the NDAC Farmers.[4] From the early 1900s to 1921, the nickname of the school then known as North Dakota Agricultural College was the Aggies. The first coach for the new NDAC football team was Henry Bolley, who also fielded the first football program at Purdue University in 1887 and was their first Quarterback. He challenged the University of North Dakota to a football match in 1890, but did not have enough players until 1894, the first official year of football at NDSU. 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.[4]

1922–2003: Division II[edit]

Oct 20th, 1928 – NDAC (NDSU) vs. St. Thomas (View looking SE with Ceres Hall in the distance) Courtesy: NDSU Institute for Regional Studies

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 (now the Fighting Hawks) 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)[edit]

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 from 2003 to 2014, holds the school record for most wins by a head coach. At the beginning of the 2015 football season the Bison had a Division I record of 117–30 and has been coached by Chris Klieman since 2014.

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 third team in FCS history to receive votes in the final AP Top 25 with 2, putting them at #32 overall (FCS Record); the others being Appalachian State who receive 5 votes after their third consecutive FCS Championship in 2007 and ended at #34 and James Madison University after their 2010 upset of then #13 Virginia Tech.[5] 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 its ESPN 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 a perfect season (15–0) and 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, far beyond what any other FCS team had ever received. After defeating Iowa in 2016 the bison were ranked 27th in the AP Poll with 74 votes, the highest ranking of any team in FCS history.

In 2014, after beating their 5th consecutive FBS team, Iowa State, and their subsequent game against Weber State; which was their 26th straight victory, ESPN again announced they would bring their College Gameday program back to downtown Fargo on September 13, 2014 to cover the Bison's amazing run for the second straight year. The visit marked first time the show has ever visited the same FCS school twice and only the 6th time they have visited a non-FBS school since 1993.The Bison won an FCS record 33 straight games from 2012 to 2014, which is also the 3rd longest in the history of Division 1 NCAA football. From 2010 to 2014, the Bison did not lose a single road game, a span of 22 games. They also had a winning streak of 26 home games (2012-2015) and have won 20 Consecutive Playoff Wins (FCS Record). The Bison have won 16 straight home openers since their 1999 loss to Ferris State and are 21–1 in home openers since the Fargodome opened in 1992.

Collectively, the Bison have won 31 conference championships, and 13 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 five times in consecutive seasons (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).[6] From 2012 to 2014, the Bison had an FCS record of 33 straight wins, which is tied for the third longest in modern NCAA history. The Bison football program has had only 3 losing seasons since 1964.

Historically, only 5 teams established after 1893; Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Florida, and Clemson have won more total games than NDSU's 693.

The 2013 Bison[edit]

The 2013 team had a perfect 15–0 season, becoming the first program to do that since Marshall in 1996. They won their third consecutive national championship, tying an FCS record. A majority of the starters played in all 3 national championship games and went 43–2 in their 3-year stint, a number unrivaled in Division I FCS football. The Bison only lost 2 games in the three-year span by a combined 6 points. Through 2013, the Bison outscored their opponents by a combined 581–169 (+412) on the season. Only two other teams in FCS history have had a larger point spread through a season, 1996 Marshall (+448) and 1999 Georgia Southern (+485). Unlike the Marshall and Georgia Southern teams, NDSU's defense held their opponents to just 127 points in the regular season (11.5 ppg) and just 11 point on average through the playoffs that year. NDSU won its playoff games with an average margin of victory of 32.75 points, which just falls behind the 1996 Marshall team, which averaged a 34-point spread. In 2013, the Bison tallied three shutouts, and held nine teams to 10 points or less, including a streak of nine consecutive quarters without allowing a point. The offense was known for a ground-and-pound strategy, which wore opponents down and controlled the time of possession. The team averaged over 34 minutes of possession per game, while allowing an average of just 250 yards of opposing offense. In the 12 playoff games they played from 2011–13, they allowed an average of 9.3 points per game, an FCS record. The only playoff loss the seniors experienced in their 4-year career was the 38–31 OT loss at eventual champion Eastern Washington in 2010 in the FCS quarterfinals. The span of seasons that followed for NDSU in the years after that overtime loss are easily the best and most dominant years Division I football has seen from a single team.[7]

Records and streaks[edit]

FCS records[edit]

  • 5 Consecutive FCS Championships (2011-2015)
  • 33 Consecutive Wins (2012–2014) (3rd Longest in past 50 years of NCAA Division I football.)[2]
  • 30 Straight Weeks at #1 in the FCS Coaches Poll (2012–2014)[8]
  • 20 Straight Weeks at #1 in the STATS Poll (2012-2013)[9] (30 weeks at #1 out of 31)
  • 10 Consecutive Weeks with at least 1 vote in the AP Top 25 College Football Poll (2014)
  • 22 Consecutive Playoff/Post-season Wins (2011–2016)
  • 5 Seasons with votes in the AP College Football Poll (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
  • Ranked 29th in the AP Top 25 College Football Poll (2013 season) (Highest end of season ranking by an FCS team)
  • 45 Consecutive Non-Conference Home wins (Ended 12/16/2016 with playoff loss to James Madison University)
  • Ranked 27th in the AP Top 25 College Football Poll (week 4, 2016 season) (Highest ranking by an FCS team)
  • 74 Total AP votes for FBS Top-25 ranking (week 4, 2016) (Most votes received by any FCS team)
  • 22 Consecutive Road Wins (2012–2014)

Division II Records[edit]

  • 8 National Championships (1965, 1968, 1969, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990)

Missouri Valley Football Conference Records[edit]

  • 18 Consecutive Conference Wins (2012–2014)
  • 26 Consecutive Home Wins (2012–2015)

Current streaks[edit]

  • 6 Consecutive Conference Championships (2011–Present)
  • 6 Consecutive Wins against FBS Competition (2010–Present) FCS Record
  • 7 Consecutive Winning Seasons (50 winning seasons in last 53 years)
  • 7 Consecutive Playoff Appearances (2010–Present)
  • 18 Consecutive Home Opening Wins (1999–Present) (23/24 Overall in Fargodome)
  • 86 Consecutive Weeks ranked in the FCS Stats Poll Top-10 (Since Week 2 in 2011)
  • 92 Consecutive Games Scoring (2010–Present)

Fargodome[edit]

The Fargodome during a North Dakota State Bison Football Game

The Bison have played in the Fargodome since it opened in 1993. It holds 18,700 for football games and over 19,000 including standing room only tickets. The record attendance at the Fargodome is 19,108 when the Bison played Missouri State on October 12, 2013. The Bison had never lost a playoff game in the Fargodome (going a perfect 17–0) until they were beat by James Madison University on December 16, 2016 during the FCS semifinals. The tremendous crowd noise caused by the Fargodome's steel roof disrupts many opposing offenses and creates one of the best home field advantages in college football

Football Records in the Fargodome

  • Playoffs: 18–1 (.947)
  • Home Openers: 23–1 (.958)
  • Overall Record: 135–24 (.849)
  • 47 Consecutive home games drawing 18,000 fans or more (96% Capacity)

In 2011, the Fargodome was ranked as the 49th best stadium in all of college football.[10] The article cites, "There aren't many indoor venues in college football, but the few that do exist at the non-FBS level are very unfriendly to any visiting team. That effect is only amplified in a playoff atmosphere." The Fargodome is routinely ranked as one of the loudest college football stadiums in the country. In 2016, Stadium Journey ranked the Fargodome as the #2 Best FCS stadium to experience a game in [11] On December 10, 2011 in a game against Lehigh, the crowd noise was measured at 111 decibels, comparable to when the New Orleans Saints play in the Superdome. During the 2011 playoffs, the decibel level spiked past 130 decibels several times but was not an official measurement.[12][13] On December 14, 2012 in an FCS semifinal game against Georgia Southern, the crowd noise exceeded the 115 decibel mark and was known to be one of the loudest games in NDSU history. The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead conducted an informal study of Fargodome crowd noise from the press box during a playoff semifinal game last December. The readings showed a high of 111 decibels following a late touchdown by quarterback Brock Jensen. The decibel meter consistently read 102–106 throughout that game, according to The Forum. http://www.ndsu.edu/news/view/detail/11083/ During the 2013 Furman playoff game, the crowd noise was measured at 115 decibels.[14] During the 2015 playoffs against Montana, the crowd noise measured 120 decibels, the Bison beat the Grizz 37–6 avenging their season opening loss in Missoula. The record for the loudest indoor stadium crowd was set in 2013 at the Sacramento Kings stadium Sleep Train Arena at 126 decibels. Due to the notorious noise, the Fargodome is sometimes referred to as the "Thunderdome".

National championships[edit]

North Dakota State have won 13 national championships; three as a member of the College Division (precursor of Division II and Division II), five as a member of Division II, and five as a member of Division I (FCS). The Bison have been the runner-up three times (1967, 1981, 1984) and have appeared in a total of 16 national championship games.

Year Coach Selector Record Score Opponent
1965 Darrell Mudra NCAA College Division by Polling 11–0 20–7 Grambling
1968 Ron Erhardt 10–0 23–14 Arkansas State
1969 Ron Erhardt 10–0 30–3 Montana
1983 Don Morton NCAA DII Playoff 12–1 41–21 Central State
1985 Earle Solomonson 11–2–1 35–7 North Alabama
1986 Earle Solomonson 13–0 27–7 South Dakota
1988 Rocky Hager 14–0 35–21 Portland State
1990 Rocky Hager 14–0 51–11 IUP
2011 Craig Bohl NCAA DI (FCS) Playoff 14–1 17–6 Sam Houston State
2012 Craig Bohl 14–1 39–13 Sam Houston State
2013 Craig Bohl 15–0 35–7 Towson
2014 Chris Klieman 15–1 29–27 Illinois State
2015 Chris Klieman 13–2 37–10 Jacksonville State

Record against FBS competition[edit]

Overall (9–3)

Season Opponent Division Result Score Record
2006 Ball State MAC W 29–24 1–0
2006 Minnesota Big Ten L 9–10 1–1
2007 Central Michigan MAC W 44–14 2–1
2007 Minnesota Big Ten W 27–21 3–1
2008 Wyoming Mtn West L 13–16 3–2
2009 Iowa State Big 12 L 17–34 3–3
2010 Kansas Big 12 W 6–3 4–3
2011 Minnesota Big Ten W 37–24 5–3
2012 Colorado State Mtn West W 22–7 6–3
2013 Kansas State Big 12 W 24–21 7–3
2014 Iowa State Big 12 W 34–14 8–3
2016 #13 Iowa Big Ten W 23–21 9–3
2020 Oregon Pac 12 TBD TBD TBD
2022 Arizona Pac 12 TBD TBD TBD
2024 Colorado Pac 12 TBD TBD TBD
Total 9–3

Record against Missouri Valley Football Conference[edit]

North Dakota State has a winning record against every team in the Missouri Valley Conference except the UNI Panthers.

Team Record Winning %
Illinois State 8–2 .800
Indiana State 8–1 .889
Missouri State 7–2 .778
South Dakota 53–26–3 .665
South Dakota State 59–41–5 .586
Southern Illinois 7–3 .700
Northern Iowa 23–26 .469
Western Illinois 6–2 .750
Youngstown State 7–4 .636

Conference championships[edit]

North Dakota State has won 33 conference championships; North Central Conference (26), Great West (1), Missouri Valley (6)

Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record Coach
1925♦ North Central 13–8–2 4–0–2 Ion Cortright
1932 North Central 7–1–1 4–0 Casey Finnegan
1935 North Central 7–1–1 4–0–1 Casey Finnegan
1964♦ North Central 10–1 5–1 Darrell Mudra
1965 North Central 11–0 6–0 Darrell Mudra
1966♦ North Central 8–2–0 5–1 Ron Erhardt
1967 North Central 9–1 6–0 Ron Erhardt
1968 North Central 10–0 6–0 Ron Erhardt
1969 North Central 10–0 6–0 Ron Erhardt
1970 North Central 9–0–1 6–0 Ron Erhardt
1972♦ North Central 8–2 6–1 Ron Erhardt
1973♦ North Central 8–2 6–1 Ev Kjelbertson
1974♦ North Central 7–4 5–2 Ev Kjelbertson
1976 North Central 9–3 6–0 Jim Wacker
1977 North Central 9–2–1 6–0 Jim Wacker
1981 North Central 10–3 7–0 Don Morton
1982 North Central 12–1 7–0 Don Morton
1983 North Central 12–1 8–1 Don Morton
1984♦ North Central 11–2 8–1 Don Morton
1985 North Central 11–2–1 7–1 Earle Solomonson
1986 North Central 13–0 9–0 Earle Solomonson
1988 North Central 14–0 9–0 Rocky Hager
1990 North Central 14–0 9–0 Rocky Hager
1991 North Central 7–3 7–1 Rocky Hager
1992 North Central 10–2 8–1 Rocky Hager
1994♦ North Central 9–3 7–2 Rocky Hager
2006 Great West 10–1 4–0 Craig Bohl
2011♦ Missouri Valley 14–1 7–1 Craig Bohl
2012 Missouri Valley 14–1 7–1 Craig Bohl
2013 Missouri Valley 15–0 8–0 Craig Bohl
2014♦ Missouri Valley 15–1 7–1 Chris Klieman
2015♦ Missouri Valley 13–2 7–1 Chris Klieman
2016♦ Missouri Valley 10–1 7–1 Chris Klieman
Total 33 Conference Titles
Denotes a tie for first place and conference co-champion

Playoff history[edit]

Division I (FCS)[edit]

(2004–present)

North Dakota State has appeared in 7 straight NCAA Division I FCS playoff berths and has made 7 consecutive Quarterfinal appearances, 6 consecutive Semifinal appearances, and 5 consecutive national championship games, winning them all. The Bison have an overall record of 24–1 in post-season play since becoming eligible in 2008, including a current record streak of 22 consecutive playoff wins from 2011 to present. Since the beginning of 2011, NDSU has won 5 National Championships and gone 83–6 which included a 33-game winning streak from 2012 to 2014; the longest streak in both NDSU and D1-FCS history. NDSU is the only college football program at any level to win five consecutive NCAA National Championships. The Bison have never lost a playoff game in the Fargodome, going a perfect 18–0; their last home playoff loss was in 1992 against the Minnesota State Mavericks while NDSU was still a member of Division II, and also the season before the Fargodome opened. The ESPN television program College GameDay hosted their program from downtown Fargo on September 21, 2013 to cover NDSU's run and returned for a second visit on September 13, 2014.

Year Seed Record Result Opponent Score Head Coach
Division I (FCS) (postseason playoffs with 20-team bracket)
2010 #16 2–1 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Robert Morris
#4 Montana State
#5 Eastern Washington
W 43–17
W 42–17
L 31–38 OT
Craig Bohl
2011 #2 4–0 Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Champions
#17 James Madison
#6 Lehigh
#3 Georgia Southern
#1 Sam Houston State
W 26–14
W 24–0
W 35–7
W 17–6
Craig Bohl
2012 #1 4–0 Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Champions
#19 South Dakota State
#9 Wofford
#6 Georgia Southern
#5 Sam Houston State
W 28–3
W 14–7
W 23–20
W 39–13
Craig Bohl
Division I (FCS) (postseason playoffs with 24-team bracket)
2013 #1 4–0 Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Champions
Furman
#11 Coastal Carolina
#15 New Hampshire
#7 Towson
W 38–7
W 48–14
W 52–14
W 35–7
Craig Bohl
2014 #2 4–0 Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Champions
#14 South Dakota State
#6 Coastal Carolina
#19 Sam Houston State
#5 Illinois State
W 27–24
W 39–32
W 35–3
W 29–27
Chris Klieman
2015 #3 4–0 Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Champions
#16 Montana
#15 Northern Iowa
#7 Richmond
#1 Jacksonville State
W 37–6
W 23–13
W 33–7
W 37–10
Chris Klieman
2016 #1 2–1 Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
#24 San Diego
#8 South Dakota State
#4James Madison
W 45–7
W 36–10
L 17–27
Chris Klieman
7 24–2 (.923) 853–350

Division II[edit]

(1964–2003)

North Dakota State appeared in 23 NCAA Division II postseasons from 1964 to 2003. During this stretch NDSU compiled a 347–94–4 record winning almost 80% of their games for four decades and claiming eight Championships along the way. NDSU appeared in seven out of 10 Championship games from 1981–1990; including appearing in four straight Championship games, an unrivaled number in DII as they posted a 111–16–2 (.875) mark from 1981–1990. While this is a startling record, from 1964 to 1973 the Bison went 90–12–1 (.887) which included a 35-game unbeaten streak.

Year Record Result Game Opponent Score Head Coach
College Division (rankings via AP writers poll)
1964 1–0 unranked Mineral Water Bowl Western State W 14–13 Darrell Mudra
1965 1–0 AP #1 Pecan Bowl Grambling State W 20–7 Darrell Mudra
1967 0–1 AP #2 Pecan Bowl Texas-Arlington L 13–10 Ron Erhardt
1968 1–0 AP #1 Pecan Bowl Arkansas State W 23–14 Ron Erhardt
1969 1–0 AP #1 Camellia Bowl Montana W 30–3 Ron Erhardt
1970 1–0 AP #3 Camellia Bowl Montana W 31–16 Ron Erhardt
Division II (postseason playoffs with 8-team bracket)
1976 1–1 3rd Place First round
Grantland Rice Bowl
Eastern Kentucky
Montana State
W 10–7
L 10–3
Jim Wacker
1977 1–1 3rd Place First round
Grantland Rice Bowl
Northern Michigan
Jacksonville State
W 20–6
L 31–7
Jim Wacker
1981 2–1 Runner Up First round
Semifinals
Championship
Puget Sound
Shippensburg State
Southwest Texas State
W 24–10
W 18–6
L 42–13
Don Morton
1982 1–1 3rd Place First round
Semifinals
Virginia Union
UC Davis
W 21–20
L 19–14
Don Morton
1983 3–0 Champions First round
Semifinals
Championship
Towson State
UC Davis
Central State
W 24–17
W 26–17
W 41–21
Don Morton
1984 2–1 Runner Up* First round
Semifinals
Championship
UC Davis
Nebraska–Omaha
Troy State
W 31–25
W 25–14
L 18–17
Don Morton
1985 3–0 Champions First round
Semifinals
Championship
UC Davis
South Dakota
North Alabama
W 31–12
W 16–7
W 35–7
Earle Solomonson
1986 3–0 Champions First round
Semifinals
Championship
Ashland
Central State
South Dakota
W 50–0
W 35–12
W 27–7
Earle Solomonson
Division II (postseason playoffs with 16-team bracket)
1988 4–0 Champions First round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship
Augustana
Millersville
Sacramento State
Portland State
W 41–7
W 36–26
W 42–20
W 35–21
Rocky Hager
1989 1–1 First round
Quarterfinals
Edinboro
Jacksonville State
W 45–32
L 21–17
Rocky Hager
1990 4–0 Champions First round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship
Northern Colorado
Cal Poly–SLO
Pittsburg State
IUP
W 17–7
W 47–0
W 39–29
W 51–11
Rocky Hager
1991 0–1 First round Mankato State L 27–7 Rocky Hager
1992 1–1 First round
Quarterfinals
Northeast Missouri State
Pittsburg State
W 42–7
L 38–37 (OT)
Rocky Hager
1994 1–1 First round
Quarterfinals
Pittsburg State
North Dakota
W 18–12 (3OT)
L 14–7
Rocky Hager
1995 1–1 First round
Quarterfinals
North Dakota
Pittsburg State
W41–10
L 9–7
Rocky Hager
1997 0–1 First round Northwest Missouri State L 39–28 Bob Babich
2000 2–1 First round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
#1 Northwest Missouri State
#5 University of Nebraska Omaha
#11 Delta State
W 31–17
W 43–21
L 34–16
Bob Babich
Totals 35–13 (.729)
  • 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 State 2-yard line and settling for 3 points. Troy State 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 State (known since 2005 as simply 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[edit]

Chris Klieman is the 30th and current head coach of the Bison who has a 40–5 record as head coach since 2014 and won the National Championship in 2014 and 2015. Craig Bohl holds the record for most wins in school history with 104 in his 10-year career averaging over 10 wins per season. Rocky Hager holds the record for most conference titles won with 5.

# Coach Years Active Record Conference Titles National Championships
1 Henry Luke Bolley 1894–1899 7–8–1 No Affiliation
2 Jack Harrison 1900–1901 15–1–1 No Affiliation
3 Eddie Cochems 1902–1903 9–1–0 No Affiliation
4 A. L. Marshall 1904–1905 4–7–1 No Affiliation
5 Gil Dobie 1906–1907 7–0–0 No Affiliation
6 Paul Magoffin 1908 2–3–0 No Affiliation
7 Arthur Reuber 1909–1912 12–7–1 No Affiliation
8 Howard Wood 1913–1914 5–5–2 No Affiliation
9 Paul J. Davis 1915–1917 10–7–1 No Affiliation
10 Stanley Borleske 1919–1921, 1923–1924, 1928 17–14–4 0
11 Joe Cutting 1922 6–2–0 0
12 Ion Cortright 1925–1927 13–8–2 1
13 Casey Finnegan 1928–1940 57–49–11 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 1–16–1 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 2 1965
22 Ron Erhardt 1966–1972 61–7–1 6 1968, 1969
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 1983
26 Earle Solomonson 1985–1986 24–2–1 2 1985, 1986
27 Rocky Hager 1987–1996 91–25–1 5 1988, 1990
28 Bob Babich 1997–2002 46–22 0
29 Craig Bohl 2003–2013 104–32 4 2011, 2012, 2013
30 Chris Klieman 2014– 40–5 3 2014, 2015
Totals 696–370–34 33 13

All-Time statistical leaders[edit]

Single-game leaders[edit]

  • Passing Yards: 451 – Steve Walker (2006)
  • Rushing Yards: 263 – Tyler Roehl (2007)
  • Receiving Yards: 232 – Len Kretchman (1988)

Single-season leaders[edit]

  • Passing Yards: 2,874 – Carson Wentz (2014)
  • Rushing Yards: 1,920 – John Crockett (2014)
  • Receiving Yards: 1,191 – Zach Vraa (2013)
  • Field Goals Made: 29‡ – Adam Keller (2014)
  • Points By a Kicker: 145‡ – Adam Keller (2014)

Career leaders[edit]

  • Passing Yards: 7,651 – Brock Jensen (2010–2014)
  • Rushing Yards: 4,700 – Lamar Gordon (1997–2001)
  • Receiving Yards: 2,957 – Zach Vraa (2011–2016)
  • Field Goals Made: 53 – Adam Keller (2011–2015)
  • Career Starts: 61‡ – Christian Dudzik (2011–2015)
  • Wins By a Quarterback: 48‡ – Brock Jensen (2010–2014)[15]

Denotes FCS Record

Bison Records[edit]

  • Longest Field Goal: 55 Yards - Ken Johnson (1997 vs. SDSU)
  • Longest TD Run from Scrimmage: 90 Yards - Cy Peschel (1928 vs. SDSU)
  • Longest Run from Scrimmage: 75 Yards - Arden Beachy (1992 vs. Mankato State)
  • Longest TD Pass: 88 Yards - Kelly Artz from Kevin Feeny (1995 vs. Northern Colorado)
  • Longest Punt: 82 Yards - Brian Kraabel (1975 vs. SDSU)
  • Longest Punt Return: 98 Yards (for TD) - Fritz Hansen (1934 vs. Oklahoma City)
  • Longest Kick Return: 100 Yards (for TD) - Elmer Parisien (1923 vs. South Dakota)
  • Longest Pass Interception Return: 99 Yards (for TD) - Peter Gergen (1927 vs. DePaul)
  • Longest Fumble Recovery Return: 79 Yards - Claudie Miller (1925 vs. North Dakota)
  • Longest Blocked Kick Return: 71 Yards - Jerry Dahl (1974 vs. North Dakota) & Rick Buddle (1976 vs. Morningside)

Bison in the NFL Draft[edit]

*Note: This list only includes players taken in the NFL Draft, it does not include those players who signed contracts with NFL teams outside the draft and the CFL

Year drafted Round Pick in round Overall Pick Player Team Position Notes
2016 1 2 2 Carson Wentz Eagles QB Highest FCS player ever taken in the NFL Draft. First NDSU Quarterback to be drafted.
2016 5 16 155 Joe Haeg Colts OT
2015 5 17 153 Kyle Emanuel Chargers LB
2014 3 3 67 Billy Turner Dolphins T
2009 7 33 242 Nick Schommer Titans DB
2008 6 34 200 Joe Mays Eagles LB
2005 5 29 165 Rob Hunt Colts C
2002 3 19 84 Lamar Gordon Rams RB
2002 7 2 213 Pete Campion Panthers G
1991 2 27 54 Phil Hansen Bills DE
1989 6 17 156 Doug Lloyd Raiders RB
1989 9 13 236 Monte Smith Broncos G
1987 12 22 329 Chad Stark Giants RB
1987 12 27 334 Tyrone Braxton Broncos DB Second NDSU Graduate to win a Super Bowl Ring (XXXII, XXXIII)
1985 2 18 46 Stacy Robinson Giants WR First NDSU Graduate to win a Super Bowl Ring
1984 5 19 131 Dave Piepkorn Browns T
1981 7 5 171 Kevin Donnalley Cardinals DB
1979 9 12 232 Gordy Sprattler Jets RB
1977 11 1 280 Chuck Rodgers Buccaneers DB
1975 9 26 234 Bruce Reimer Steelers RB
1975 12 6 292 Jerry Dahl Chargers LB
1974 2 8 34 Steve Nelson Patriots LB Donated Snowplow Game game ball to NDSU
1974 10 4 238 Mike Puestow Browns WR
1974 16 16 406 Sanford Quale Bills T
1973 15 2 366 Mike Evenson Saints C
1973 17 18 434 Bob Erickson 49ers G
1972 8 10 192 Ralph Wirtz Bears WR
1970 8 15 197 Tim Mjos Packers RB
1970 14 13 351 Chuck Wald Falcons WR
1969 10 12 246 Bruce Nelson Packers T
1969 11 11 271 Mike Berdis Dolphins T
1968 17 26 461 Ken Rota Packers RB
1966 14 14 214 Ron Hanson Packers WR
1965 13 14 182 Bruce Airheart Colts RB
1953 24 11 288 Marlow Gudmundson Rams B
1948 30 6 281 Clarence McGeary Packers T
1947 19 4 169 Jerry Mulready Steelers B
1939 5 2 32 Ernie Wheeler Steelers B[16] First NDSU player ever taken in the draft, highest pick until Carson Wentz was drafted #2 overall in 2016.

NDSU players currently in the NFL[edit]

  • As of 3/11/2017
Player Years Position Team
Carson Wentz 2016- QB Philadelphia Eagles
Joe Haeg 2016- OT Indianapolis Colts
CJ Smith 2016- CB Philadelphia Eagles
Kyle Emanuel 2015- LB San Diego Chargers
Billy Turner 2014- OT Denver Broncos
Marcus Williams 2014- CB New York Jets
Ramon Humber 2009- LB Buffalo Bills

Stadiums[edit]

The Fargodome

References[edit]

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