- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - North Dakota State wanted more production from its running game and it got more than expected in a 35-29 win over Southern Illinois Saturday in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

King Frazier ran for 177 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Easton Stick added 130 yards as sixth-ranked NDSU beat the Salukis for the sixth straight time.

Frazier became the first Bison running back this season to go over 100 yards and Stick eclipsed the century mark for the second straight game.

“That’s really big for our offense,” said Frazier, who averaged 11 yards per carry. “I just try to do my best. When (the line) is moving the big boys up front, it makes it easy for us to get to the second and third level.”

NDSU (6-2, 3-1 Missouri Valley) ran for 397 yards on 48 attempts, while holding SIU (3-5, 2-3) to just 121 yards on the ground and 398 total yards.

SIU came in as the conference leader in total offense (532), scoring (41), rushing (223) and passing (309). NDSU was the conference leader in total defense (297) and rushing defense (107).

“That’s an awesome offense we faced,” NDSU coach Chris Klieman said. “And I thought we did a phenomenal job.”

Frazier scored on a 50-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Stick, making his second career start, completed 12 of 17 passes for 138 yards and two TDs, both to RJ Urzendowski.

SIU quarterback Mark Iannotti kept the Salukis in the game. The transfer from Eastern Michigan was 28-for-45 for 277 yards and a TD. He also ran for 83 yards and a score.

Jimmy Jones caught a touchdown pass and ran for a score.

The lead see-sawed back and forth though the first half.

Southern Illinois went ahead 3-0 on Austin Johnson’s 33-yard field goal with 7:45 left in the first half.

But the Bison came right back to take the lead on Stick’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Urzendowski with 6:18 to play. The score was set up by Stick’s 60-yard run from his own 35.

The Salukis went back on top 10-7 with 11:57 left in the first half when Jones scored on a 5-yard run. The drive covered 80 yards and took just 2:05 but it was their final lead of the game.

The Bison went up 14-10 on Chase Morlock’s 10-yard run with 2:15 left in the first half. Cam Pedersen missed a short field goal from 26 yards out with 2 seconds left.

The Bison upped the lead to 21-13 on Urzendowski’s 77-yard TD catch.

With 1:40 to play in the third quarter Iannotti threw a 25-yard TD pass to Jones, but the two-point conversion failed and NDSU led 21-19.

Frazier’s 50-yard run and Morlock’s second TD, a 3-yard run offset an Austin Johnson field goal.

Iannotti struck again with 44 seconds left, scoring on a 2-yard run. But NDSU recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

“All these road wins are so difficult be we got out of here 35-29 and I couldn’t be happier for the guys,” Klieman said. “That was a great team win, offense, defense, special team. Hats off to our entire football team.”

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