North Dakota State offense in high gear

Fargo, ND ( – For a change, the offense is supposed to be
ahead of the defense with North Dakota State’s national championship program.

It was evident on Saturday as the offense scored on six of its nine drives
while posting a 61-12 win over the defense in the annual Green and Gold Spring
Game before 3,900 at the Fargodome.

The Bison are the four-time defending FCS national champions, including this
past season in coach Chris Klieman’s first as head coach.

The spring game used a modified scoring system that awarded the offense bonus
points for 10-yard plays (one point) and eight-play drives (two points). The
defense earned its only points on a sack (two), a three-and-out (two), two
other stopped drives (one) and six tackles for loss (one).

Starting quarterback Carson Wentz played only one drive, completing three of
four passes for 62 yards. Chase Morlock capped the drive with a 2-yard
touchdown run.

Redshirt freshman running back Lance Dunn had 76 yards and two touchdowns on
six carries, while sophomore tight end Jeff Illies made two catches for a game-
high 76 yards.

Defensively, redshirt freshman linebacker Dan Marlette had six tackles
including 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack. Junior linebacker Nick DeLuca
collected five tackles.

North Dakota State has posted a 58-3 record since the start of the 2011 season,
including 14-1 last season. The Bison will open their 2015 schedule on Aug. 29
with a visit to Montana in the second FCS Kickoff.