NSU Football Squad Puts Together Impressive Season-Opening Performance

ABERDEEN, SD (NSUWolves.com) –

UIU

NSU 30-0

 

The Northern State University football team shutout Upper Iowa in the 2022 season opener for Dacotah Bank Stadium. The Wolves scored in three of the four quarters and shut down the Peacock offense, which tallied just 24 yards rushing and 132 yards passing in the game. It’s the 1st shutout for NSU since a 27-0 home win over UMC on Nov. 3, 2018, and the victory moves NSU to 5-5 all-time against the Peacocks. It’s also the 1st season-opening win for Northern since a victory over WSC at Swisher Field to begin the 2017 campaign.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Michael Bonds hit Ben Noland for a 5-yard touchdown, putting the Wolves on the board at 4:38 in the first quarter
  • Bonds tallied his second passing touchdown of the evening in the second, connecting with Caleb Schentzel for a 22-yard score; the first of Schentzel’s career
  • Payton Eue closed out the half for the Wolves hitting a 49-yarder just has the clock read 00:00
  • Northern State held a 16-0 lead and that score held through the entire third quarter
  • At 13:33 in the fourth, Bonds connected with Jacob Van Landingham for a 7-yard reception touchdown; the third of the night for the ace and first of Van Landingham’s Northern State career
  • The Wolves were done, as Brett Brenton scored on an 11-yard run on the following drive, sealing the 30-0 victory for NSU
  • Northern out-played Upper Iowa on both sides of the ball more than doubling the Peacocks totals for first downs, rushing yards, total offense, punt return yards, and sacks
  • In total the Wolves tallied 398 yards of total offense, 252 yards passing and 146 yards rushing, to the Peacocks 156 yards of total offense, 132 yards passing and 24 yards rushing
  • The NSU offense averaged 6.8 yards per reception and 3.7 yards per carry with nine different rushers and 11 different receivers in the mix
  • Northern converted on 7-of-16 third downs and scored three of the four times they entered the red zone
  • The defense dominated up front and in the back field, notching 12 tackles for a loss, three sacks, and two interceptions
  • The Wolves held the Peacocks twice in the red zone and forced a combined third and fourth down conversion rate of 15.4%

 

NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS

  • Michael Bonds: 21-of-30, 198 yards passing, 3 touchdowns, 36-yard long
  • Brett Brenton: 52 yards rushing, 1 touchdown, 11-yard long
  • Dominick Fiscelli: 94 yards receiving, 11.8 yards per reception
  • Ian Marshall: 6 tackles, 4.0 tackles for a loss, 2.0 sacks
  • Nate Robinson: 3 tackles, 1 interception
  • Luke Choul: 1 sack for a loss of 10 yards
  • Ar’Shon Willis: 1 interception
  • Payton Eue: 49-yard field goal, 47.7 yards per punt, 63.4 yards per kickoff