No. 1-ranked North Dakota State (6-0, 3-0 MVFC) plays Southern Illinois (4-3, 2-1 MVFC) at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Saluki Stadium (15,000) in Carbondale, Ill., in the first of two straight Missouri Valley Football Conference road games for the Bison, who have won 14 straight games away from Fargo.
Southern Illinois series
This is the eighth meeting between North Dakota State and Southern Illinois. NDSU has won three straight to take a 4-3 edge in the series including a 23-17 victory in Fargo last season. The Bison are 1-3 all-time in Carbondale with their only victory coming at Saluki Stadium by a 9-3 score in 2011. The series dates back to 1963 in Carbondale when SIU won 20-15 to end coach Darrell Mudra's first year at NDSU. The teams met as non-conference opponents again in 2005 when SIU won 9-0 in the season finale for NDSU.
North Dakota State extended its Missouri Valley Football Conference-record winning streak to 15 games with a 41-26 homecoming win over Missouri State. Brock Jensen was 20-for-28 passing for a career-high 313 yards and three touchdowns.
Fourth quarter heroics
North Dakota State held its first five opponents scoreless in the fourth quarter before Missouri State's 11-yard TD pass from Ashton Glaser to Dorian Buford last week. Previously, the last NDSU opponent to score in the fourth quarter was Sam Houston State with a field goal in last year's national championship game. Buford's fourth quarter touchdown was the first allowed by NDSU since Nov. 10 last year in the regular-season win over South Dakota State.
North Dakota State extended its Missouri Valley Football Conference-record winning streak to 15 games last week with a 41-26 win over Missouri State.
Current D-I winning streaks
1. Ohio State (18)
2. North Dakota State (15)
3. Alabama (10)
4. Baylor (9)
T-5. Louisville (8)
T-5. Oregon (8)
Ojuri climbs in record book
Senior running back Sam Ojuri has moved into ninth place on North Dakota State's all-time rushing chart with 2,772 yards passing former Bison players Paul Hatchett, Doug Lloyd, Kevin Feeney, Tyler Roehl and Pat Paschall over the first five games of the season. Ojuri needs 66 yards to pass Chad Stark for eighth place. Only five NDSU players have rushed for 3,000 yards in a career with the last being Kyle Steffes, who finished second in school history with 3,952 yards from 2003-06.