- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Teams playing catch-up against North Dakota State usually don’t catch up.

The top-ranked Bison took a 10-0 lead and pulled away in the second half to beat No. 13 Southern Illinois 38-10 in a Missouri Valley Football Conference game on Saturday.

NDSU quarterback Carson Wentz passed for 174 yards and two touchdowns and John Crockett ran for 99 yards and a score as the Bison (6-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference) extended their FCS-record winning streak to 30 games.

“That’s a really good football team and they did a great job of adjusting. Then we did a better job of adjusting after that,” NDSU coach Chris Kliemen said.

NDSU led 17-7 at the break. In a game between teams whose defenses dominate the second half, it figured that most of the scoring would be done before halftime. NDSU has outscored its opponents 102-10 in the second half while SIU (5-2, 2-1) had a 114-13 advantage coming into the game.

Thomas Kinney’s 44-yard field goal just four minutes into the third quarter was the Salukis’ only point of the second half and made it 17-10.

Wentz responded with TD passes of 9 yards to Luke Albers and 75 yards to Trevor Gebhart. Chase Morlock scored on a 48-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

Wentz, who completed just 7 of 13 passes and ran for 36 yards, capped a 61-yard drive with a 13-yard run with 14:26 left in the half and Crockett ‘s 1-yard run ended a 10-play, 75-yard march. Adam Keller opened the scoring with a 46-yard field goal.

The Salukis’ only answer was a 26-yard pass from Mark Iannotti to MyCole Pruitt with 11:08 to play in the second quarter.

Pruitt came into the game with three straight 100-yard receiving games. He had seven catches for 55 yards.

“We made a point to win the play,” NDSU linebacker Kyle Emanuel said. “Win the down and move on to the next one . Just keep winning the play. We got back to the basics.”

Malcolm Agnew carried 21 times for 117 yards but was kept out of the end zone.

The Bison held SIU to 121 yards rushing and Iannotti was 18-for-33 for 146 yards.

NDSU extended it a MVFC win streak to 14 games and its streak of scoreless fourth quarters to seven. It has won 17 straight home games.

NDSU ran for 252 yards. Morlock had 71 yards and King Frazier 57.

NDSU receiver Zach Vraa had his streak of 26 games with at least one catch come to an end.

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