- Associated Press - Sunday, September 7, 2014

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - Maybe three-time defending national FCS champion North Dakota State had a letdown after beating FBS Iowa State last weekend. Maybe Weber State had something to do with it.

Whatever it was, the top-ranked Bison (2-0) needed every bit of its game to outlast the Wildcats 24-7 on Saturday.

The Bison yielded more yards than they did to the Cyclones in a 34-14 season-opening win. But they surrendered only one score while extending their FCS-record winning streak to 26 games.

With the win, NDSU has won back-to-back season-opening road games for the first time since 1983. It is 5-0 against Weber State.

“It’s just another day to play football,” said John Crockett, who ran for 123 yards and a score for NDSU. “This build character within the team.”

NDSU finished with 177 yards rushing. It was Crockett’s 11th game with more than 100 yards rushing.

“This Weber State team is a great team. They’re going to sneak up on some people,” Crockett added.

Quarterback Carson Wentz completed 13 of 22 passes for 192 yards, but he was intercepted twice. He also ran eight times for 23 yards.

“We knew coming in they play hard. It showed out here tonight,” Wentz said. “There were a couple bad decisions on my part. Things we need to iron out.”

NDSU’s defense came up big midway through the second quarter. Kyle Emanuel hit quarterback Billy Green from behind, causing a fumble that Carlton Littlejohn picked up at the Weber State 3-yard line and ran it into the end zone for a 14-7 lead.

Littlejohn had 12 tackles and broke up a pass.

“He made a couple of great plays, which you expect out of a senior captain,” NDSU coach Chris Kliemen said. “I couldn’t be happier for Carlton.

“We all knew it wasn’t going to be easy. They are a good football team.”

Green, a transfer from BYU, was 26 for 43 for 240 yards. The Wildcats ran the ball in the first half, but the offense stalled after the break and finished with just 64 yards on the ground.

Shaydon Kehano led the Wildcats in receiving with 88 yards on nine catches. Cam Livingston added 85 yards on five catches.

Crockett’s 1-yard touchdown run with 5:36 left in the first quarter capped a 55-yard drive and staked the Bison to a 7-0 lead.

But the lead was short-lived as Eric Wilkes ran 27 yards on a sweep around left end for a TD with 1:14 left to tie the game.

Wilkes had a team-high 50 yards on 11 carries.

King Frazier’s 1-yard run in the third quarter gave NDSU a two-touchdown cushion and Adam Keller closed out the scoring with a 38-yard field goal.

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