"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.
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).
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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