55th Potato Bowl
No. 11 North Dakota vs Drake
Grand Forks, N.D. (Alerus Center)
Kickoff: 4 p.m.
TV: Midco Sports
Radio: Home of Economy Radio Network
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Opening the season with two consecutive road games in Idaho and Utah, the University of North Dakota will play its first home on Saturday, Sept. 18, when the No. 18 Fighting Hawks host Drake in the 55th annual Potato Bowl.
North Dakota got off to a hot start at Utah State, outscoring the Aggies in the opening quarter, 21-7, on three passing touchdowns by three different passers. The Fighting Hawks could not get the running game going in the second half to milk the clock as USU exploded for 28 points to UND’s three.
Quarterback Tommy Schuster recorded career-highs in attempts (43), completions (29), and yards (345) while adding one touchdown. Schuster’s performance was the second 300-yard passing game of his career, making him the fourth Division I player and the ninth in UND history to pass for 300+ yards multiple times in his career.
The Fighting Hawks will enter the Potato Bowl with 11-straight wins at the Alerus Center and have won the last 34 home-openers in Grand Forks. UND Football’s last home-opening loss was to Texas A&M Kingsville on Sept. 13, 1986, a 67-44 loss to the Javelinas at the feet of College Football Hall of Fame running back Johnny Bailey.
UND running back Otis Weah, who ranks third in the FCS in rushing touchdowns this season, enters the Drake game with 938 career yards, 62-yards shy of becoming the eighth 1,000-yard rusher in North Dakota’s Division I history.
Like the Fighting Hawks, Drake enters Saturday’s contest with a 1-1 record, coming off a 45-7 loss at No. 11 Montana State. The Bulldogs are winless in three games versus the University of North Dakota.
The University of North Dakota will have a bye next week before opening Missouri Valley Conference play against in-state rival North Dakota State on Saturday, Oct. 2.