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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Keaton Studsrud completed 20 of 27 passes for 282 yards and four touchdowns as North Dakota defeated Southern Utah 45-23 in Big Sky action on Saturday.

The contest was North Dakota's 100th homecoming game, and the Fighting Hawks put on a show with seven different players scoring, racking up 537 yards of offense on 81 plays and holding the ball for nearly 40 minutes. North Dakota (5-2, 4-0) continued its streak after opening the season 0-2.

Studsrud found Luke Stanley from the 9 to open the scoring, then hit Noah Wanzek from the 7 for a 28-17 halftime lead. He threw TD passes to Travis Toivonen and De'mun Mercer in the fourth quarter. Brady Oliveira (12 carries, 64 yards) and John Santiago (15-55) also scored for North Dakota.

Patrick Tyler passed for 288 yards with two TDs for the Thunderbirds (3-3, 2-2) but was intercepted twice.


North Dakota 45, S. Utah 23

S. Utah14360—23
North Dakota721314—45
First Quarter

UND_Stanley 9 pass from Studsrud (Taubenheim kick), 8:48.

SUT_Pringle 97 kickoff return (Calhoun kick), 8:33.

SUT_Measom 68 pass from Tyler (Calhoun kick), 5:38.

Second Quarter

UND_Oliveira 15 run (Taubenheim kick), 12:25.

UND_Santiago 4 run (Taubenheim kick), 8:50.

SUT_FG Calhoun 27 , 5:12.

UND_Wanzek 7 pass from Studsrud (Taubenheim kick), 0:23.

Third Quarter

SUT_Sharp 31 pass from Tyler (kick blocked), 13:08.

UND_FG Taubenheim 29 , 9:38.

Fourth Quarter

UND_Toivonen 27 pass from Studsrud (Taubenheim kick), 13:27.

UND_Mercer 13 pass from Studsrud (Taubenheim kick), 7:34.

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SUTUND
First downs1728
Rushes-yards17-5154-255
Passing305282
Comp-Att-Int29-43-220-27-0
Return Yards15543
Punts-Avg.4-48.85-45.0
Fumbles-Lost1-10-0
Penalty-Yards7-667-56
Time of Possession20:2439:36

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_S. Utah, M. Brown 9-39, J. Felila 2-11, R. Pringle 4-4, P. Tyler 1-4, I. Diego-Williams 1-(minus 7). North Dakota, K. Norberg 6-73, B. Oliveira 12-64, J. Santiago 15-55, A. Gordon 5-33, K. Studsrud 13-18, D. Mercer 1-8, T. Toivonen 1-6.

PASSING_S. Utah, P. Tyler 27-41-2-288, R. Pringle 1-1-0-14, C. d'Entremont 1-1-0-3. North Dakota, K. Studsrud 20-27-0-282.

RECEIVING_S. Utah, M. Sharp 13-148, B. Measom 1-68, I. Diego-Williams 8-48, S. Wroblewski 3-19, L. Parker 1-14, C. Chambers 1-6, M. Brown 2-2. North Dakota, T. Toivonen 5-99, D. Mercer 3-63, L. Stanley 4-45, J. Santiago 3-37, N. Wanzek 2-17, L. Fiedler 2-14, B. Oliveira 1-7.