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Third-down efficiency a big key to NDSU success

Associated Press Published: October 12, 2012

"It's phenomenal," said linebacker Grant Olson. "It keeps us on the bench drinking Gatorade, getting some rest after some of those long drives teams have got on us. It gives us a chance to recuperate and make the adjustments we have to make on the sideline."

Making good on third down also tends to wear down the other team's defense, Bohl said. Every Bison opponent has felt the wrath with perhaps the exception of Robert Morris, a game in which the Bison were 5 of 12.

NDSU was 12 of 21 against Colorado State, 7 of 10 against Prairie View A&M and 6 of 13 against Northern Iowa.

"I think we have good schemes called on third down," said NDSU receiver Zach Vraa. "If we get caught in third-and-long, we have a couple of routes aimed at a little longer than 10 yards and we have faith in Brock and our receivers that we know on third down we can be pretty consistent."