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Jeff Kolpack, Published October 11 2013

Woods stepping it up for Bison receiving corps

FARGO – The plan for most of September was for North Dakota State to use freshman receiver Carey Woods in an as-needed basis. In other words, he was down on the depth chart a bit.

That may be changing.

His 23-yard touchdown catch against Northern Iowa last week was his first big play and got the Bison on the board with just over five minutes left in the second quarter.

“I was excited when the ball was on the way, caught it, but I had to wait for the ref to put his arms up,” Woods said. “When he finally did, it was a surreal moment for me. It was definitely something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

The fact Woods was in during an important part of the game was evidence of the increased confidence the coaching staff appears to have in him.

“That was a big-time catch against a really good defense,” said NDSU head coach Craig Bohl. “With Carey, we initially thought of him more as a substitute wide receiver, but you saw him play in a critical time in the game.”

Woods said it helps that NDSU’s veteran cornerbacks like Marcus Williams – and last year Andre Martin – went out of their way to show him a few things.

“I don’t think normal corners would help like that,” he said.

Fans coming from all over, including from Sarpsborg, Norway

Another sellout crowd is expected today – and that includes a long-distance guest of former NDSU Team Makers booster club president Norma Borgeson. Her cousin, Vidar Aaserud, is coming from Sarpsborg, Norway, and one of his first requests was to attend a Bison football game.

He’s become a fan of the team through Facebook.

“He sees all the craziness,” Borgeson said. “He’s retired and loves to travel. It will be fun to share that with him and we hope to show him a really good time.”

Aaserud is a cousin through Borgeson’s mother’s side. Both of her parents immigrated to the United States in the 1950s, and all of her relatives still live in Norway.

“Over there, it’s all soccer of course,” Borgeson said. “This is a guy that just loves action and new things.”

UNI coach compliments Sanford on treatment of son’s broken leg

Northern Iowa linebacker Jake Farley, who broke his leg in the second half of last week’s NDSU game at the Fargodome, had surgery later that night at Sanford Health in Fargo.

Mark Farley, his father and the head coach of the Panthers, said the decision was made to have the procedure done in Fargo rather than return to Cedar Falls, Iowa.

“The hospital was great,” Mark Farley said. “We couldn’t have had a better situation to come out of a terrible situation in how we were treated and the care that we got.”

Jake Farley was released at about 2 p.m. Sunday, and the two flew back to Cedar Falls later that day arriving at about 5 p.m.

Couple makes Bison tailgating part of wedding experience

Nicole Wright and Jeremy Keller met while watching the first NDSU FCS national championship game on TV at a local establishment. So it probably makes only sense the couple is making tailgating a part of their wedding day.

They’ll be at their usual spot in Lot G at the Fargodome this morning from 8-9:30 a.m. The wedding is at

5 p.m. at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Fargo.

Etc. etc. etc.

NDSU has not allowed a fourth-quarter touchdown since the regular-season game last year against South Dakota State on Nov. 10.

Bison quarterback Brock Jensen has climbed to No. 7 all-time in the FCS with 38 wins. Armanti Edwards of Appalachian State (2006-09) holds the record with 43.

NDSU is fifth in FCS attendance, averaging 18,938 fans in three home games. Montana is the leader at 25,904 followed by Southern (La.), James Madison and Montana State.

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

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