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Published August 30 2013

Bison pull off 24-21 upset

MANHATTAN, Kan. - In perhaps its most challenging regular season game ever, North Dakota State's football team pulled off its biggest upset ever Friday night in front of 53,351 fans at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

In the season opener for both teams, the underdog Bison overcame a 21-7 third-quarter deficit to claim a stunning 24-21 win over Kansas State.

Bison quarterback Brock Jensen scored on a one-yard touchdown with 28 seconds remaining to give the Bison its dramatic win. The Bison marched 80 yards in 18 plays that lasted more than eight minutes in the game-winning drive.

Grant Olson then picked off a Kansas State pass to seal the victory.

The Bison took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter when Ryan Smith hauled in a third-down, five-yard touchdown pass. Kansas State tied the game early in the second quarter when Tramaine Thompson caught a 45-yard touchdown pass. The score was tied 7-7 at halftime.

For more on the game, see Saturday's Forum for a special four-page pullout edition of the game.