Sports – Dakota Student
The Fighting Hawks picked up a huge win Saturday as they defeated the Weber State Wildcats 27-19.
Saturday was the biggest game of UND’s short FCS career. It was the first time that the Alerus Center has seen two teams face off that each sit atop their division.
“We knew this was gonna be a really tough game for us,” head coach Bubba Schweigert said. “Proud of our guys, finding a way to win is not always easy, and it’s a struggle sometimes, but you gotta really stick with it, really compete and I thought our guys really competed today.”
After picking up a thrilling win against Utah State last week, Weber State came in ready to stop the Hawk’s winning streak.
Instead, it was UND who would be the streak busters as Weber State had won five games in a row.
The game started with a bang. John Santiago returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.
On the Wildcats’ first possession, Zach Arnell intercepted a pass on just the second throw of the day from Weber State. The ball was bobbled by the receiver, and Arnell ripped it away.
UND got the ball back, and proceeded to drive the ball down into the Wildcats’ territory. On the fourth down, UND gambled and tried to convert the first down. Quarterback Keaton Studsrud came up just short on a run, turning the ball over.
The teams punted back and forth until mid way through the second quarter. Quarterback Jadrian Clark found his receiver in the end zone after the defender fell down. This tied the score 7-7.
After the Hawks went three-and-out, the Wildcats’ offense was back to work. After passes of 47 and 29 yards set them up, they ran the ball in for the score making it 13-7 after a failed two point conversion.
The teams went into …