UPSET CITY: North Dakota St tops No. 13 Iowa on final play

Posted September 18, 2016

Pretend that isn't a quote from Iowa's headman, and it could easily be another coach describing the Hawkeyes.

Iowa is 2-0 after pounding Miami of OH and Iowa State to submission with a punishing ground game, averaging 205 yards per game. North Dakota State's defense was at its best on Iowa's final drive, sacking Iowa's C.J. Beathard to give its offense one more shot.

Kickoff between Iowa and North Dakota State is set for noon ET on ESPN2 as both teams look to advance to 3-0 on the season.

Playing a brand of physical, old-school football that wouldn't look out of place in the Big Ten, the Bison were deserved winners over Iowa. "They're accustomed to winning".

"I'll go out on a limb and predict this will be a really strong team, a really tough opponent for us". "They've got five national championships - that's insane", Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard said. The five top-tier teams the Bison have upended recently finished with a combined record of just 20-41 — and only Kansas State in 2013 went on to earn a bowl bid.

"Their fans are going to be pumped", Iowa cornerback Desmond King said. If you try to block them, they play blocks. "That's what it's going to be".

The party continues this morning with a tailgate that begins at 6 the northeast parking lot at Iowa City West High School which was rented by Bison fans to host the pregame event a couple of miles down Melrose Avenue from the gates of Kinnick Stadium.

The North Dakota State Alumni Association held a Bison Nation Pep Fest at the Coralville Marriott on Friday, with fans paying $10 in advance or $15 at the door for a three-hour rally that was expected to draw more than 2,500 people.

And not only do the Bison win, they get paid to do so, too.

If you love a major college football program, it's only a matter of time before Bison come to trample on your season. But the real question after another impressive victory for the Bison: Who would ever want to put them on the schedule?

Iowa played well against Iowa State after giving up 424 yards to Miami University in a 45-21 opening win. The Hawkeyes, however, came back on a 30-yard pass from Beathard to Riley McCarron on fourth down and a 14-yard touchdown toss to VandeBerg to take a 14-7 halftime lead. Now 10-0 as a starter - he started eight games leading up to the FCS national title game last season after the second overall pick in this year's NFL draft Carson Wentz was injured - Stick has completed 34-of-53 passes for 451 yards and touchdowns through two games.

The defensive difference-maker from Week 1 to Week 2 could well have been Josey Jewell.

The Bison defense can not focus their attention exclusively on one player.

"We've played well at home lately and we expect that to continue, " receiver Jay Scheel said. But it might add a little more fuel to this afternoon's fire.