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Updated: Tuesday 06/23/2011 11:32:48 (ET)
by UND Athletics Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Periodically throughout the summer, the FightingSioux.com staff is going to find various numbers associated with the Fighting Sioux football team and take a deeper look at those figures.

There is no method to the madness. The idea is to explore numbers a little deeper for each blog installment. Those digits will be dissected in numerous ways to provide some interesting historical nuggets on the program as well as a look towards the 2011 season.

Volume two of the blog will take a closer look at 1,771, which is the single-season rushing yardage record held by Phillip Moore (1997): 

1771

  • Former Sioux Keith Queoff wore No. 71 for UND during his career, which came to a close at the end of the 2010 season.   He started all 11 games at right tackle in each of the past two seasons.
  • Sophomore defensive back Chavon Mackey currently wears No. 17 for the Fighting Sioux and he is listed as weighing 171 pounds (sometimes you have to dig a little).
  • Mackey should play a pivotal role for the Sioux in 2011, which will be the team's 117th on the gridiron. He started eight of 11 games as a redshirt freshman, making 45 tackles - 17 of those were assisted stops. Mackely also led the team with six pass break-ups.
  • Senior guard Connon McKendry wears No. 77 for the Sioux and after spending his first season as a reserve in 2010, he is slotted in as the starter at left guard entering fall camp.
  • Twice in program history, the Fighting Sioux have reeled off 11 wins in a season (11-3, 2004; 11-2, 2006).
  • The Sioux scored 17 points in their triumph over Grand Valley State in the 2001 Division II championship game.
  • Seventeen was also the team's margin of victory over current Great West foe Cal Poly in the 1972 Camellia Bowl. Quarterback Jay Gustafson completed 11 passes in the victory, which gave UND a 10-1 record. 
  • The Sioux also upset No. 6 Northern Illinois by 17 in the program's inaugural bowl game - 1965 Mineral Water Bowl played in Excelsior Springs, Mo. UND quarterback Corey Colehour completed 17 passes on 34 attempts for 201 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Guess how many games the Sioux have won all-time in Division II playoffs? If you guessed 11, you would be in correct. UND owns a 17-12 all-time record in playoff action.
  • Former Sioux Ryan Chappell (2006-07) and Adam Roland (2001-04) share the career postseason touchdown record at UND with seven. Both players scored their touchdowns via the ground. 
  • Moore, mentioned above, set his single-season rushing record in 1997 - wearing No. 7.
  • Moore's old number is being worn again this season by senior defensive back Kenny Watkins, who has three career interceptions. All of Watkins' picks have come in November - the 11th month in a calendar year. 
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