SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – North Dakota ran wild against Sacramento State and beat the Hornets 40-7 on Saturday night.
UND rushed for 422 yards and held Sacramento State to just 272 total yards to win its fourth straight. All five UND touchdowns came on the ground.
“You want to be balanced,” UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. “We’re going to run the football, everybody knows that. But we’ve got to be able to throw it and we were able to make some plays through the air.”
Studsrud was one of three UND players with more than 100 yards rushing. He carried seven times for 100 yards, including a 40-yard TD run to go with a 6-yard score. Brady Oliveira ran 18 times for 111 yards and scored on runs of 1 and 17 yards. Austin Gordon had 11 carries for 102 yards.
The Fighting Hawks last touchdown was a 26-yard run by John Santiago, who added 76 yards despite missing much of the second half.
Studsrud completed 15 of 23 passes for 203 yards, giving UND 625 yards of offense.
“Each week guys have gotten better and better. Everyone went out and did a good job,” Studsrud said. “It was a lot of fun.”
North Dakota (4-2, 3-0 Big Sky) sent a message early, driving 99 yards in eight plays to take a 6-0 lead with 9:36 left in the first quarter. Studsrud scored on a 6-yard run but Reid Taubenheim missed the point-after. Studsrud ran for 50 yards and passed for 29 yards on the drive.
Sacramento State’s first scoring chance came up short when Cole Reyes blocked a Tanner Kuljian 33-yard field goal attempt.
Taubenheim misfired from 43 yards with 2:39 left in the first quarter, but Studsrud polished off a seven-play, 82-yard drive with a 40-yard TD run with 13:04 to play in second quarter.
UND extended its lead to 27-0 on Santiago’s 26-yard run, and Oliveira’s 17-yard run with seconds left in the first half.
With 9:16 left in the third quarter, Oliveira scored on a 1-yard run for a 34-0 lead before Sacramento State’s Jordan Robinson scored on a 14-yard run with 7:34 remaining in the quarter.
Taubenheim kicked field goals of 28 and 20 yards in the fourth quarter.
Nate Ketteringham was 15 of 34 passes for 177 yards passing. Jordan ran six times for 44 yards to lead Sacramento State, which managed just 95 yards on the ground.
The Hornets (1-5, 1-1) were coming off a 41-38 win over Montana State.
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