A look through the past 99 NDSU/SDSU matchupsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The Bison and Jacks have played football against one another since 1903, 99 times over that duration, and through the years there have been only a handful of games in recent memory that can come close to the importance Saturday's playoff game.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The Bison and Jacks have played football against one another since 1903, 99 times over that duration, and through the years there have been only a handful of games in recent memory that can come close to the importance Saturday's playoff game.
The first matchup with the teams near the top of the conference standings October 12th, 1985, each team came into the game at Dacotah Field at 3-2 fighting for first in the North Central Conference. SDSU was led by quarterback Mike Bush, but the Bison defense was stout, picking him off 4 times on the day. Jeff Bentrim was his usual solid self as the Bison won big 41-7 as NDSU went on to win the national title.
1988 the two teams met early in the year and Tony Satter left his impression on the game, running roughshod over the Jacks for a school record tying five touchdowns as NDSU won 55-26, again the Bison first, the Jacks second.
Once the Division I transition came, so did a new trophy, with the Dakota Marker. The conference title was on the line in 2006, and thanks to a huge Travis White punt return for a touchdown, NDSU won the marker and the conference crown.
SDSU finally got some payback the following year as NDSU had a chance not only at the conference but an undefeated season but the Jacks blocked a punt and returned one for a touchdown to claim the Marker and ruin NDSU's chance at perfection.
Which leads us to Saturday, just three weeks after the last matchup that also had the conference title on the line and saw NDSU hang on to win but now for the first time in 100 meetings, the winner moves on and the loser goes home.
Each team has enjoyed winning streaks recently, SDSU from 2007 thru 09 and the Bison the last three years.
NDSU had 12 different players honored today by the Missouri Valley, five made the conference first team, including offensive lineman Billy Turner and Joe Lund, Brock Jensen was selected to the second team.