SignUp
Holiday Tickets 2014
Ice Hockey MM
Running back Mitch Sutton and the Fighting Sioux will take on former NCC rival and future Big Sky foe Northern Colorado in Greeley on Oct. 29.
Countdown: Future Big Sky foe Northern Colorado
Text smallerText larger
Updated: Saturday 08/24/2011 16:19:35 (ET)
by Ryan Powell, UND Media Relations
Send this article to a friend Print RSS Shop

Are you ready for Fighting Sioux football? With fall camp around the corner, we're counting down the days to the return of UND football. With eight days to go until the pigskin flies through the air for the first time, we continue our preview of all 11 UND opponents during that stretch right here on FightingSioux.com.

Countdown to football: 8 days

Game 7

Who: Northern Colorado

What: Matchup with future Big Sky foe and former NCC foe

When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Where: Nottingham Field

Why: The clash with the Bears will be the lone opportunity for the Fighting Sioux to get a preview for what is to come next season when UND enters the Big Sky. The matchup also gives UND a chance to even the all-time record with NC at 12 wins a piece.

The game is the first between the two schools in nearly 10 years after the Bears defeated UND, 28-12, in Greeley in 2002. No team has ever won more than two straight in the series that NC leads 12-11.

Northern Colorado enters the 2011 season under the direction of first-year head coach Earnest Collins, who returned to his alma mater as head coach during the previous offseason.

Collins takes over a program, like UND, finished the 2010 campaign with a 3-8 mark. The Bears finished 2-6 in Big Sky play. The team did bring the season to a close on a high note, knocking off Portland State, 35-30, in the season finale. That victory snapped a seven-game skid the Bears had ensued since posting a Big Sky win over Idaho State, 35-21, on Sept. 18.

Senior Dylan Orms is back to the lead the offense after throwing for 2,055 yards and 15 touchdowns a season ago. NC did lose its top rusher in Andre Harris, who piled up 690 yards and 10 scores in 2010.

Defensively, the Bears' top returner is defensive end Nick Hernon. The senior posted a team-high 10.5 tackles for a loss last season.

Game Notes: Final Big Sky tune-up at Marquette
North Dakota's final tune-up before Big Sky play begins will be a tough one as the squad heads to Milwaukee to face Marquette Monday. MORE
UND posts 78-48 rout of Dickinson State
It took a while for North Dakota to get things rolling in its first home game in over a month, but the Green and White eventually settled in to post a 78-48 rout of Dickinson State Friday at the... MORE
Defending league champs square off in border battle Sunday
North Dakota closes its non-league slate with a tilt at South Dakota on Dec. 21 before tackling the Montana schools to lift the curtain on the Big Sky Conference schedule (Jan. 1-3). MORE
Graduation day for several UND student-athletes
GRAND FORKS, N.D. Thirteen student-athletes are among the candidates for graduation at Winter Commencement and Official Graduation Day this afternoon on the campus of the University of North... MORE
Idalski recaps the fall on UND Sports Extra
Head coach Brian Idalski was in studio to break down the women's hockey team's first half of the season, including last week's sweep at RIT. MORE

advertisement