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Jeff Kolpack, Published December 01 2012

NDSU's Williams ties interception record

FARGO – No. 16 was a lot like the first 15. And when Marcus Williams picked off an Austin Sumner pass in the second quarter Saturday afternoon, he tied a long-standing North Dakota State record for career interceptions.

The junior now stands equal with Steve Krumrei, who had 16 from 1967-69.

“As much as it means for me, it’s the whole team,” Williams said.

More important in this instance, the turnover led to a Bison touchdown in a 28-3 Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoff victory over South Dakota State before 18,482 fans at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. Quarterback Brock Jensen scored eight plays later and the Bison led 21-3.

Jensen has wrist injury,

says he’ll play with it

Not all news was worth celebrating for NDSU afterward. Jensen said a postgame X-ray revealed ligament damage in his left, non-throwing wrist. He said the remedy will be to put some extra tape on it.

Asked if he thinks it could limit his preparation for the quarterfinal game with Wofford next week, he said it was too early to tell.

“I’ll just tape it up and give it a go,” he said.

He said the hand was aggravated during the game by repeatedly falling on it.

Healthier Crockett makes difference in run game

NDSU head coach Craig Bohl said running back John Crockett, who’s battled a hip pointer this season, was as healthy as he’s been in a while. It showed.

Crockett led the Bison with 90 yards, including two big runs that led to NDSU’s first touchdown. Trailing 3-0, Crockett had a nifty 11-yarder and then busted off a 37-yard run to the SDSU 27-yard line.

“John was able to make a couple of plays when there were guys at the point of attack,” Bohl said.

Jirik QB sack thwarts key fourth-down attempt

A key fourth-down stop led to NDSU’s second TD. Facing fourth-and-2 at the Bison

37 early in the second, the Jacks opted for a play-action pass. Sumner was sacked by defensive end Cole Jirik, who said he was expecting a running play.

“They came out in a different formation, I shot through my gap and realized it was a pass,” he said.

Jirik sacked Sumner for a

10-yard loss and the Bison promptly went 53 yards for a

14-3 advantage.

“We had a young guy who

didn’t get his block, that’s football,” said SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier. “That was my call and I made it.”

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