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Jeff Kolpack, Published October 20 2012

South Dakota product has big game for Bison

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Howard Wood Field had plenty of high school memories for Trevor Gebhart, from Sioux Falls Washington. He made another one on Saturday night, this time as a college student.

The North Dakota State sophomore had a career-high six catches for 81 yards in helping the Bison to a convincing 54-0 win over the University of South Dakota. The game was played in Sioux Falls as a way for the Vermillion school to promote its athletic program.

Instead, NDSU promoted its ability to recruit the city with Gebhart.

“Once the game started, I put the memories away,” he said. “But warming up, they flowed back a little bit. But it definitely felt like home.”

Gebhart was at his best on NDSU’s first drive of the second half. He caught an eight-yarder for a first down and followed that with a 10-yard catch that turned into a 25-yard play because of a facemask penalty. The Coyote killer was a 21-yard catch on third-and-15 that reached the USD 21.

NDSU scored six plays later and it was 33-0.

“The coaches put in a good game plan and we had awesome preparation this week,” Gebhart said, “and that makes execution on the field that much easier.”

Punter does another day of double duty

Punter Ben LeCompte may have earned his way as the starting kicker on kickoffs. Taking advantage of a moderate wind, he had five touchbacks – the kind of field position that kept USD out of Bison territory until late in the third quarter.

NDSU head coach Craig Bohl said the hamstring injury to kicker Adam Keller continues to be nursed along. The Bison opted to punt from the USD 32-yard line early in the second quarter instead of attempting a field goal, something Bohl hinted NDSU would have done with a healthy Keller.

Bohl said a decision could be made this week whether to use true freshman kicker Tom Barneson, who was on the trip to Sioux Falls.

Bison fans in full force in Sioux Falls

The attendance at 10,000-seat Howard Wood was 9,269 with NDSU fans taking up almost the entire north stands.

“That was impressive,” Bohl said. “Our fan support has really been heartwarming and it provided an electric atmosphere.”

Etc. etc. etc.

Bohl said the only known injury was a sprained ankle to receiver Cooper Wahlo. … NDSU quarterback Brock Jensen passed Kevin Feeney and moved into second place in the NDSU career passing yards list. Feeney had 4,769 from 1995-98. … Jensen’s two rushing touchdowns tied a career high set twice last year against Lehigh University and South Dakota State. .. Linebacker Carlton Littlejohn’s fumble recovery in the second quarter was his third of the season. … Fullback Andrew Bonnet’s two-yard touchdown reception was the first of his career for the freshman. … Backup quarterback Carson Wentz threw his second touchdown pass of the season, both went to tight end Taylor Nelson.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia