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Jeff Kolpack, Published November 30 2012

SDSU's Zenner hopes to do more against Bison this time

FARGO – It was a season-low production for the top rusher in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Whether North Dakota State can hold down Zach Zenner again will be a key in today’s Division I Football Championship Subdivision second-round game.

The South Dakota State sophomore is averaging 166.5 yards a game – almost 10 more a game than Miguel Maysonet of Stony Brook (N.Y.), which plays at Montana State today in a second-round game. Zenner had 43 yards on 14 carries in the first game at Gate City Bank Field three weeks ago.

“It will be difficult, no question about that,” said NDSU defensive coordinator Chris Klieman. “He’s a tremendous runner and he had a field day against EIU.”

Zenner had a school record 295 yards last week against Eastern Illinois. That included a couple of his patented big runs, where he finds a gap in the line of scrimmage and never looks back.

He needs 58 yards to surpass Josh Ranek’s single-season school record of 2,055 yards in 1999. Ranek got his in 11 games.

“It comes down to executing on defense,” said Bison linebacker Grant Olson. “Since both teams know each other schematically, it will come down to making plays.”

Etc, etc, etc.

NDSU nose guard Ryan Drevlow was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference all-academic team. The junior from Gwinner, N.D., carries a 3.66 grade-point average in electrical engineering. … NDSU’s top seed is the third ever for the conference with Southern Illinois in 2004 and Northern Iowa in 2007 being the others. … Since 2005, the Valley, Southern Conference, Colonial Athletic and Big Sky have accounted for 103 of 117 total playoff wins.

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

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia