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Published February 18, 2014, 11:00 AM

Bison complete football schedule, adding Weber State

FARGO – North Dakota State is going back to Ogden, Utah, to complete its football schedule this fall. The Bison will play at Weber State on Sept. 6 and will have 12 regular season games for the first time in school history.

By: Jeff Kolpack, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

FARGO – North Dakota State is going back to Ogden, Utah, to complete its football schedule this fall. The Bison will play at Weber State on Sept. 6 and will have 12 regular season games for the first time in school history.

The two-game contract with Weber mandates the Wildcats return to Fargo in 2015. NDSU last played a home-and-home with Weber in the first years of its Division I reclassification in 2004 and 2005, both resulting in Bison victories.

NDSU opens Aug. 30 at Iowa State and won’t play at home until Sept. 13 against Incarnate Word (Texas). Bison head coach Chris Klieman said a younger team was a big reason for the 12-game schedule – something the Bison have shied away from in past years when allowed to play 12.

NDSU, the three-time defending FCS champions, lost 24 seniors from last year’s team. But the Bison do return 13 starters in a schedule that also includes a Sept. 20 game in the Fargodome against Montana.

NDSU last played two Big Sky Conference teams in the 2010 playoffs when it beat Montana State 42-17 but lost at Eastern Washington 38-31 in overtime. The last time the Bison faced two Big Sky programs in the regular season was 2005 when they beat Weber 41-0 but lost at Montana State 20-17.

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