- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Carson Wentz threw for two scores and ran for another to lead North Dakota State to a 38-14 win over Youngstown State on Saturday.

Wentz connected with Zach Vraa for 18 yards, added a 17-yard rushing TD and hit Andrew Bonnet for a 9-yarder to give North Dakota State a 28-0 halftime lead.

John Crockett carried it 28 times for 168 yards and had a 4-yard TD for North Dakota State (11-1, 7-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference). King Frazier rushed for 45 yards and added a 10-yard score in the fourth quarter.

Hunter Wells threw for 135 yards and two scores for No. 20 Youngstown State (7-5, 4-4), but was hurt by three interceptions.

Christian Dudzik had two picks, Nick DeLuca had the other, Derek Rivers recovered a fumble and the Bison defense held the Penguins to 216 total yards.

Third-ranked NDSU responded to a 23-3 loss to UNI by winning its last two regular season games by a combined score of 83-24.

“We feel really good,” said safety Dudzik, who had eight tackles. “The last two games we’ve played really well on offense and defense.”

The three-time defending national champion clinched a share of its fourth straight MVFC championship, one it shares with Illinois State.

“It validates what the seniors have meant to the program,” NDSU coach Chris Klieman said. “It validates all the hard work these guys have put in.”

Youngstown State had its losing streak extended to three games. It was the first time all season the Penguins did not lead in the second half.

Wentz provided the spark. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 126 yards, but he did most of his damage on the ground. He carried just eight times but finished with 120 yards and a TD.

Wentz’s rushing TD came in the first quarter after he collided with defensive back Julius Childs at the goal line.

Youngstown State’s first drive ended in a Jelani Berassa fumble, recovered by NDSU’s Carlton Littlejohn at the YSU 33. Four plays later, Wentz tossed to Vraa for a 7-0 lead.

NDSU got 44 yards from Ryan Moore, and 1,200-yard rusher Martin Ruiz finished with 33.

FCS playoff pairings will be announced on Sunday.

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