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Published September 23, 2013, 10:30 PM

Dakota Marker has heated up NDSU-SDSU rivalry

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Saturday, NDSU and SDSU will meet for the 101st time on the football field. While there were some memorable games from the first 90 meetings, the last 10 between the schools has seen a new intensity. That's thanks to a 75 pound rock.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Saturday, NDSU and SDSU will meet for the 101st time on the football field. While there were some memorable games from the first 90 meetings, the last 10 between the schools has seen a new intensity. That's thanks to a 75 pound rock.

April 21, 2004; representatives from both NDSU and SDSU meet at the border to introduce a new concept for the annual Bison-Jacks game - playing for a traveling trophy.

Craig Bohl – 7-4 Record vs SDSU: “We had a big ceremony, and I hopped back in my truck with a couple other players and thought, ‘Really? Is that going to work? I guess we're trying to maybe make something of nothing,’ but I can tell you to our players and our coaches it's a big, big deal.”

It's gotten bigger in recent years. In 2006, the Bison won the Great West Conference title by beating the Jacks and claiming the Marker. The next year, SDSU got some payback by knocking off NDSU and stopping a perfect season. The Jacks went on to win it 3 straight years.

The Bison have now claimed The Marker 3 straight seasons, but some spice has been added thanks to the teams meeting in last year's FCS playoffs and for the Summit League basketball championship.

Gene Taylor – NDSU Athletic Director: “It's beginning to get a little more heated each and every year if we compete for something major, whether it’s an NCAA Tournament in basketball or an opportunity to position ourselves for the playoffs. In the past we used to have a lot of fans down there, this year, that won't be the case.”

Craig Bohl: “The competition has been very keen. The battles have been close and for the team that wins it, it’s exciting to go out and grab it. I tell you what, when you lose it, it sucks.”

Since the Marker has been introduced, SDSU has won 3 of the 4 games in Brookings. It's a 2pm kickoff on Saturday.

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