SignUp
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: Monday 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.

Portland State edges North Dakota
The University of North Dakota soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Portland State on Sunday monring at Bronson Field. MORE
MacMillan's big night lifts UND to series sweep
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. On Friday night, North Dakota used stout penalty killing to survive considerable penalty trouble in a 3-1 win over Colorado College. MORE
Volleyball announces winter clinic dates
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota volleyball program has announced the dates for the 2015 UND Winter Volleyball Clinic. A great winter activity for players of all ages. Each... MORE
UND splits with Minnesota Duluth, falling 1-0
The University of North Dakota's women's hockey team fell to Minnesota Duluth on Saturday afternoon, 1-0, at Ralph Engelstad Arena. MORE

advertisement