Utah 37 North Dakota 16

Utah 37 North Dakota 16 Click to Enlarge

Utah defeated North Dakota 37-16 in a matchup of ranked opponents from their respective levels of college football. The Football Bowl Subdivision’s Utes won their 10th-straight season opener by outgaining the Football Championship Subdivision’s Fighting Hawks 499-238 in total offense and by outrushing the visitors 272-51.

“One thing that I asked our team to do was play hard for 60 minutes and I think

our guys did that tonight,” UND head coach Bubba Schweigert said. “Could we

play better? Sure. I think we can execute better.

The Utes’ defensive front bottled up the All-Big Sky running back duo of John

Santiago and Brady Oliveira, holding them to a combined 35 yards on 17

attempts. Quarterback Keaton Studsrud went 13-for-29 through the air for 175

yards and a touchdown, but the offense could never gain any traction in front

of the 45th-straight sellout at Rice Eccles Stadium.

Studsrud went 3-for-3 for 76 yards on UND’s lone touchdown drive that cut a

fourth-quarter deficit to 27-16, but the Utes would get the final 10 points to

end any thoughts of an upset.

UND returns to action next Saturday at the Alerus Center for its home opener against Missouri State in the 52nd-annual Potato Bowl USA Game. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. CT.

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