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Sophomore Noah Wanzek set career-highs with seven receptions for 117 yards and two scores in the Potato Bowl-win over Missouri State.
UND mashes Bears on way to Potato Bowl shutout
Courtesy: UNDsports.com
Release: 09/09/2017
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North Dakota 34, MSU 0

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017  •  
Grand Forks, N.D. • Alerus Center
Attendance: 12,047


  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Missouri State 0 0 0 0 0
North Dakota 3 21 0 10 34
Statistical Leaders
 • Rushing: Oliveira (UND): 16 carries, 164 yards
 • Passing: Studsrud (UND): 22-for-31, 273 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
 • Receiving: Wanzek (UND): 7 catches, 117 yards, 2 TD
 • Defense: Reyes (UND): 7 tackles, 4 solo; Flowers (UND): 7 tackles, 4 solo. 
Scoring Summary
 First Quarter
UND 2:34 Taubenheim 25-yard field goal
 Second Quarter
UND 12:10 Wanzek 13-yard pass from Studsrud
(Taubenheim kick)
UND 4:53 Wanzek 3-yard pass from Studsrud (Taubenheim kick)
UND 4:06 Santiago 19-yard run (Taubenheim kick)
 Third Quarter
--- --- No scoring
 Fourth Quarter
UND 13:59 Taubenheim 26-yard field goal
UND 3:42 Johannesson 19-yard run
(Taubenheim kick)
Statistical Comparison
MSU UND
 First Downs 10 25
 Total Offensive Yards 211 526
 Rushing Attempts-Yards 25-79 45-253
 Passing 12-23-1 22-31-1
 Passing Yards 132 273
 Penalties-Yards 6-47 12-95
 Turnovers 3 2
 Punts-Avg. 7-44 3-41
 Punt Returns-Avg. 1--1 3-18
 Kick Returns-Avg. 4-19 1-38
 3rd-Down Conversions 2-10 7-15
 4th-Down Conversions 0-1 2-2
 Time of Possession 23:49 36:11
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – In Bubba Schweigert's third game as head coach at North Dakota back in 2014, UND was on the receiving end of a 38-0 Missouri State victory. Schweigert and the Fighting Hawks exacted a decisive measure of revenge on Saturday afternoon, pounding the Bears 34-0 in the 52nd annual Potato Bowl USA game.
Eleventh-ranked UND (1-1) broke things open with a 21-point outburst in the second quarter when sophomore wide receiver Noah Wanzek hauled in a pair of touchdown catches and John Santiago added a rushing score. That turned a 3-0 game into a 24-point lead for the home team, sending the Fighting Hawks to their fourth straight Potato Bowl win and their first Potato Bowl shutout since 2004.
The shutout was also the first of the Schweigert era and first overall for the program since the 2012 season opener, a 66-0 blanking of South Dakota Mines.

"I won't say we expected a shutout, but that's the goal every time we go out there," Schweigert said. "It was a good team win. We still have some things to clean up, but anytime you can run the ball the way we did and stop the run like we did, you're going to give yourself a chance for a positive result and that's we got today."

UND had chances early to break the game up open, but two trips inside the Bears' red zone in the opening quarter only yielded a 25-yard field goal by Senior Reid Taubenheim. The second quarter was a different story, however, as the home team scored touchdowns on its first three possessions to make it a 24-0 contest by halftime.

The Fighting Hawks racked up 526 yards of total offense, keyed by Wanzek's career-high 117 yards on seven catches. Keaton Studsrud was his typical efficient self, completing 22 of 31 passes for 273 yards and those two scoring strikes to Wanzek.

Junior Brady Oliveira paced the ground game with 16 carries for 164 yards, while Santiago and sophomore James Johannesson both added rushing scores in the victory. Johannesson's 19-yard rumble where he dragged several Bear defenders into the end zone with him, capped the scoring for the Fighting Hawks.
Defensively, UND blanked a Missouri State team that totaled 43 points last week at FBS-foe Missouri. The unit also forced three turnovers, including a key stop in the third quarter where the Bears had penetrated all the way down to the UND eight-yard line. Jason Randall picked up seven yards and was closing in on the goalline when he was stripped by Charles Flowers and the loose ball was recovered by linebacker Tanner Palmborg.

Flowers and classmate Cole Reyes shared the team-lead with seven tackles as the defense yielded only 211 total yards. UND dominated the time of possession (36:11 to 23:49) and ran 28 more offensive plays than the Bears in the contest (76 to 48).
UND returns to action next Saturday at South Dakota in a game scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff from Vermilliion.

GAME NOTES: Permanent captains for the season are seniors Jake Disterhaupt, Keaton Studsrud and Cole Reyes along with junior John Santiago ... Attendance was 12,047, the first crowd of 12,000-plus at Alerus Center since Oct. 3, 2009 against South Dakota ... The last time UND shut out an opponent in the Potato Bowl was in 2004 against Central Washington, also a 34-0 win ... The team's last overall shutout was a 66-0 victory over South Dakota Mines in the 2012 season opener ... Sophomore Noah Wanzek had career-highs in receptions (6), yardage (102) and touchdowns (2) in the first half and finished with seven catches for 117 yards … He also added a career-long, 47-yard reception in the first multiple-score game of his career ... Junior Brady Oliveira rushed 16 times for 164 yards to post the sixth 100-yard rushing game of his career … Junior John Santiago added 125 all-purpose yards and a 19-yard rushing touchdown (24th of his career; fifth on UND's all-time charts) ... Redshirt freshman Ray Haas had the first interception of his career, which UND turned into a touchdown two plays later ... Senior Chuck Flowers finished a team-high seven tackles and saved the shutout by forcing a fumble on the 1-yard line with MSU going in for a potential touchdown. 


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