Jeff Kolpack, Published December 05 2010
Mohler's run was key in NDSU's winBOZEMAN, Mont. – North Dakota State thanked Robert Morris University last week for a good effort the Colonials put into the first round Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoff game at the Fargodome. On Saturday, the Bison thanked the Colonials again, this time for their playbook.
NDSU took a play that RMU was successful with against the Bison and used it to perfection against Montana State. Facing a deficit for the first time all game, at 21-17 early in the fourth quarter, quarterback Jose Mohler ran 41 yards on third-and-3 to the Bobcat 19-yard line.
Running back D.J. McNorton scored on the next play and the Bison never trailed in the 42-17 victory at Bobcat Stadium.
“We took a chunk out of Robert Morris’ playbook and it worked out perfect for us,” Mohler said.
On the play, NDSU motion back Michael Sigers and McNorton both went right. Mohler faked the handoff, went around left end and found nobody there. The Bobcats had all 11 defenders near the line of scrimmage looking for a running play with all of the linebackers and defensive backs gunning for either Sigers or McNorton.
It left Mohler with clear sailing.
That’s probably the biggest play of the game,” said Montana State head coach Rob Ash. “There was nobody covering the quarterback. When you have full pressure like that, you can’t let anybody get outside like that.”
Said Montana State linebacker Clay Bignell: “He got out on the edge and there was nobody out there. It was a good call by them.”
NDSU offensive coordinator Brent Vigen said defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton suggested the Bison use that play, with Hazelton saying his defense had a difficult time containing RMU quarterback Jeff Sinclair. So the Bison installed it in their offense at the beginning of the week.
Quarterback Brock Jensen ran it twice in the first half, both times with moderate success for first downs.
“It fits within our blocking scheme,” Vigen said. “Robert Morris hit it twice against us last week, so thanks to Robert Morris I guess.”
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