- Associated Press - Saturday, September 20, 2014

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota didn’t make a lot of plays, just enough big plays to beat Stony Brook 13-3 on Saturday.

UND quarterback Joe Mollberg threw a 68-yard touchdown pass and defensive back Alex Tillman returned an interception 92 yards for a score for North Dakota.

Nearly half of North Dakota’s 145-yard offensive output came on Mollberg’s bomb to Dey Ferguson.

“It was one pretty ball, but I’ll take it. It was a big factor in the game,” Mollberg said. “We’ve just got to keep getting better. I’m happy with the win.”

UND (2-2) was outgained 221-145. It was 2-for-12 on third-down conversions, which was less than the three conversions it had in each of its first three games.

“We’ll take them any way we get them,” UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. “We got to get better, we understand that. We have to try generate some offense.”

The defense generated the offense. Tillman’s interception came with Stony Brook poised to at least tie the game before he picked off a John Kinder pass and returned it all the way for a 13-3 lead with 4:42 to play in the third quarter.

“When I saw him, my eyes got super big. I just grabbed it and took it to the house,” Tillman said.

Earlier, Tillman’s muffed punt return gave the Seawolves (1-3) a short field and they converted it into a 36-yard Graham Ball field goal.

It was North Dakota’s seventh turnover in four games. Its opponents have turned those mistakes into 71 points.

This time UND trailed for just seconds before Mollberg hooked up with Ferguson for 68 yards and a TD. Reid Taubenheim’s PAT failed, leaving UND up 6-3 with 5:30 left in the half.

Mollberg completed just 2 of 7 passes for 79 yards. Stony Brook had the ball for seven minutes more than UND.

Kinder generated offense for Stony Brook but not points. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 172 yards and one interception. Will Tye was on the receiving end of five catches for 103 yards.

Marcus Coker ran 19 times for 59 yards.

Stony Brook had 14 first downs to just five for North Dakota.

Schweigert said he isn’t looking much at numbers.

“We play hard, we play with great effort,” Schweigert said. “We don’t really worry about the scoreboard, but about the effort we put forth.”

UND linebacker Taj Rich made 19 tackles and linebacker Will Ratelle had 13 and one of five UND sacks.

Kyle Norberg led UND in rushing with 53 yards on 27 carries.

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