Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.
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FARGO — It's been a fall full of beautiful Saturdays in the west parking lot of the Fargodome, even into November when the odds of wearing a light coat are not good. If you're into the tailgating thing, and thousands of you are, you couldn't have picked better weather on Saturdays. That wasn't the case this weekend, with a cold wind making the tents, buses and trailers almost mandatory. Unless you're of the tough-guy variety. You know, like MJ Stumpf.
FARGO — It was in 2006 when the University of San Diego, behind record-setting quarterback Josh Johnson, was motoring through its FCS schedule by leading the country in total offense and scoring defense. It doesn't get much more dominating than that. And the Toreros third-year head coach Jim Harbaugh was trying to let anybody and everybody know about it, said Michael Mirer, who covered UC Davis football for the Davis Enterprise newspaper.
FARGO — Zack Johnson said he wasn't expecting it but chalk up another postseason all-star game for a North Dakota State offensive lineman. The senior left guard was invited to play in the 92nd East-West Shrine Game Jan. 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Johnson follows a similar path taken by former Bison offensive lineman Billy Turner and Joe Haeg, both of whom are in the NFL.
FARGO — One college football team, the University of San Diego, has a roster mostly full of Californians. The other team, North Dakota State, has a roster mostly full of players from the Upper Midwest. So when those two programs hook up on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome for an FCS second-round playoff game, the odds of good friends being on the opposite sideline are probably not real good. But that will be the case with NDSU's Jackson Koonce and the Toreros' Jack Flatau. Not only that, they're both punters.
FARGO — Somewhere between the time the kickoff coverage unit for North Dakota State's football team walks onto the field until Cam Pedersen kicks off, some sort of switch in the soul of Chris Board flips on. It's go time. For Board, there is no such thing as a gradual revving of his motor. He goes from zero to full speed in a matter of a few yards and there is no letting up. "You have to have a kamikaze-type attitude running down there," Board said. "You have to have a couple screws loose when you're running but I definitely enjoy it."
FARGO—A fixture in the FCS playoff runs North Dakota State University has made in the last five years has been the commissioner of NDSU's league. Missouri Valley Football Conference commissioner Patty Viverito has been a consistent visitor to Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome and hasn't missed a trip to Frisco. This week is a little different. The Bison on Saturday, Dec. 3, host the University of San Diego, which was a surprise opening-round winner over California Poly. The Toreros come from the Pioneer Football League, whose commissioner is ... Patty Viverito.
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