Minnesota Falls to North Dakota State, 37-24

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Sept. 24, 2011

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North Dakota State 37, Minnesota 24
TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, Minn.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
 NDSU 0 28 3 6 37
 Minnesota
7 7 3 7 24
Final Stats
Attendance: 48,802

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 Statistical Leaders
 • Rushing: Duane Bennett - 13 Att, 74 Yds
 • Passing: MarQueis Gray - 5-12-1, 53 Yds
 • Receiving: Da'Jon McKnight - 3 Rec, 39 Yds
 • Defense: Kim Royston - 11 Tkl, 0.5 TFL

 Scoring Summary
 First Quarter
MIN 8:39 Kirkwood 4 TD run (Hawthorne kick)
 Second Quarter
NDS 14:57 Jensen 1 TD run (Jastram kick)
NDS 7:30 Ojuri 3 TD run (Jastram kick)
MIN 2:11 Kirkwood 30 TD run (Hawthorne kick)
NDS 0:24 McNorton 2 TD run (Jastram kick)
NDS 0:00 Williams 52 INT TD return (Jastram kick)
 Third Quarter
 NDS 6:25 Jastram 49 FG
 MIN 1:12 Hawthorne 36 FG
 Fourth Quarter
MIN 9:05 Lair 1 TD pass from Shortell (Hawthorne kick)
NDS 2:36 Williams 40 INT TD return (kick failed)
 Stats at a Glance
MINN NDSU
 • First Downs 18 17
 • Total Offensive Yards 292 336
 • Passing Yards 124 197
 • Rushing Yards 168 139
 • Penalties-Yards 8-57 6-52
 • Turnovers 2 0
 • Punts-Avg. 1-48.0 1-31.0
 • Punt Returns-Avg. 0-0.0 0-0.0
 • Kick Returns-Avg. 5-23.8 5-17.0
 • 3rd-Down Conversions 9-14 6-9
 • 4th-Down Conversions 1-3 0-0
 • Time of Possession 28:39 31:21
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Marcus Williams had two defensive touchdowns for North Dakota State on Saturday to help the Bison pull off the upset of Minnesota, 37-24.

Williams, a sophomore cornerback who played at Hopkins High School in the Twin Cities - one of the dozens of Minnesotans on NDSU's roster - returned an interception of Max Shortell's late heave 40 yards for a touchdown to seal the game.

On the final play of the first half, teammate Colten Heagle picked off MarQueis Gray's risky pass and tossed the ball back to Williams as he was taken down. Williams raced 52 more yards to put the Bison (3-0) ahead 28-14 at the break.

The Gophers gave the Bison three first downs via penalties on their first two possessions, both of which ended in touchdowns. Minnesota rushed for 168 yards in the contest - including a 10-play, 95-yard march, all on the ground, to tie the game at 14-14.

The Gophers rotated Gray and Shortell at quarterback. Shortell found tight end Eric Lair for a 20-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-7 to bring the Gophers within seven, 31-24, with 9:05 left.

McNorton, who was held out of the previous game with a sprained ankle and had an extra week to recover because the Bison didn't play last Saturday, looked plenty agile cutting and planting in the first half before the Gophers began to bottle up the Bison ground game.