- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota State’s second-half domination continued Saturday as the Bison scored 31 points in the last two quarters of a 37-17 Missouri Valley Football Conference win over South Dakota State.

NDSU quarterback Carson Wentz ran for a touchdown and passed for another as the No. 1-ranked Bison (9-0, 5-0 MVFC) extended their FCS-record winning streak to 33 games. They have won 18 straight conference games.

NDSU, which trailed 10-6 at the half, has beaten the 18th-ranked Jackrabbits (5-4, 2-3) five straight times.

Wentz was 12-for-20 for 115 yards and ran 16 times for 100 yards.

“We made a big adjustment in the second half. I didn’t know it was one hundred yards, that’s awesome,” Wentz said. “We took advantage of it and it worked out well.”

Not for the Jackrabbits, who gave up a critical 12-play, 88-yard drive for an NDSU touchdown to start the second half. Wentz tossed a 2-yard TD pass to Kevin Vaadeland to cap the drive.

The Bison scored on their first five possessions of the half.

“The first drive of the second half is the most important drive of the ballgame,” Wentz said.

It certainly was for SDSU, which managed only a Zach Zenner 1-yard TD run in the second half. NDSU has outscored its opponents 171-31 in the second half.

“We needed to rise up and hold the line of scrimmage. We need to get it done. We got out-physicaled in the end,” SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier said. “We didn’t tackle their quarterback. If they’re going to run their quarterback that much you’ve got to be able to punish him.”

NDSU was held to two Adam Keller field goals - 33 and 45 yards - in the first half. Keller kicked a 45-yarder in the fourth quarter.

SDSU got a 37-yard field goal from Justin Syrovatka and a 42-yard TD pass from Austin Sumner to Jake Wieneke in the first half.

Sumner was returning after missing seven games with an injury. He was 14-for-28 for 187 yards. He was intercepted once.

NDSU linebacker Kyle Emanuel sacked Sumner four times.

“Kyle always has great performances. He’s such a great player,” NDSU coach Chris Klieman said. “We talked about playmakers showing up and making plays and he did that.”

John Crockett ran the ball 28 times for 152 yards and touchdowns of 1 and 5 yards. NDSU ran for 181 of its 290 yards in the second half.

“We changed some blocking schemes but I give those offensive players and coaches’ credit,” Klieman said. “We said we had to run the football and we were able to do this successfully.”

SDSU had most of its offensive success in the first half. Zenner’s first carry went for 24 yards, but he managed just 72 yards the rest of the way. The Jackrabbits rushed 89 yards, just 38 after the half.

Wieneke had five catches for 87 yards.

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