Blocked field goal, interception lead to North Dakota State taking halftime leadColten Heagle’s blocked field goal and a long return by teammate Kyle Emanuel to the 5-yard line has North Dakota State in good position at halftime of the Division I FCS national title game.
By: Forum News Service, INFORUM, WDAY
Colten Heagle’s blocked field goal and a long return by teammate Kyle Emanuel to the 5-yard line has North Dakota State in good position at halftime of the Division I FCS national title game.
That led to a five-yard touchdown run by Ryan Smith and the Bison lead Towson University 21-7.
A 32-yard interception return by NDSU cornerback C.J. Smith set up the final touchdown of the half, a 12-yard pass from Brock Jensen to Zach Vraa.
Towson had the edge in total yards 170-34, with the Tigers scoring on a three-yard run by Terrance West to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter.
It is being played on shaky field conditions, with ground screw personnel stomping divots at every opportunity.
Here is the official response from Nick Shafer, Toyota Stadium vice president:
“The facility replaced the turf on the field between the hash marks on Nov. 18. Shortly thereafter, an ice storm came through Frisco and ice sat on the field for a week. This prevented the grass from taking root underneath the turf. We haven’t changed any field preparation from year’s past. The only difference this year is that Mother Nature did not cooperate with us.”