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."