- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Easton Stick was 13-of-18 passing for 256 yards and three touchdowns and North Dakota State cruised 31-10 over Illinois State on Saturday.

King Frazier added 76 yards rushing and Rj Urzendowski had 70 yards receiving for the Bison (4-0, 1-0 Missouri Valley), who have won their last six conference openers.

Illinois State held a 10-7 lead early in the second after Jake Kolbe found Anthony Fowler on an 18-yard TD pass. North Dakota State rallied with 21 straight points to close the quarter, highlighted by a 65-yard strike from Stick to Urzendowski to effectively put the game away.

Kolbe finished with 285 yards passing. Fowler added 119 yards receiving for the Redbirds (2-3, 0-2).

North Dakota State has won five consecutive games in the series, and 23 straight following a bye week.

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