GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota football team's record-setting win against Montana last week was the green and white's feel-good moment of the season. But, as UND is discovering in the Big Sky Conference, feel-good moments are fleeting at best.
That's especially true when your next opponent is No. 4 Montana State, a national Football Championship Subdivision title contender that has had two weeks to think about its lone loss of the season. Also, Montana State has the best defense in the Big Sky.
So, is another 700-yard day by UND's offense in the works?
"It's not about shooting to have 700 yards or score a certain amount of points," UND quarterback Braden Hanson said. "We just want to move the chains and score enough points to win.
"Whatever we can do — run or pass — we'll do our best to keep moving the chains," he said.
UND's win against Montana remains the buzz of the Big Sky. League and national honors for Hanson and receiver Greg Hardin have been rolling in since the 40-34 victory.
Hanson threw for 660 yards, single-game UND and Big Sky records. Hardin caught 12 passes for 333 yards, UND and Big Sky single-game records as well. UND recorded a school-record 702 yards of offense against the Grizzlies.
"This is my 14th year here and we've had some pretty good quarterbacks along the way," UND coach Chris Mussman said. "We went down and played Augie (Augustana in 2002) and (John) Bowenkamp threw for 515 yards and Jesse Smith had 232 receiving yards. I didn't think I'd ever see another day like that again.