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Jeff Kolpack, Published November 18 2013

NDSU quiet about YSU coach's comments

FARGO – The case appears closed as far as North Dakota State is concerned. At least publicly.

Bison head coach Craig Bohl said Monday he had no comment on Youngstown State head coach Eric Wolford calling out the Bison for cheap shots in Saturday’s 35-17 Bison victory.

“Eric and I are friends, so his comments … you know what, I was on the bus going home,” Bohl said. “I know it was a physical game, a very competitive game, so I’m not going to make any comments about anything that Eric said that I’m not aware of.”

NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor also said he would prefer not to comment.

Wolford was upset at a roughing-the-passer penalty called against Bison defensive end Cole Jirik late in the first half on YSU quarterback Dante Nania.

“He took a cheap shot on the shoulder, they got the penalty, I can’t say anything more than that,” Wolford said in the postgame news conference.

Wolford also addressed a question of him cursing on his halftime radio interview. “I’m sure a lot of people are upset on the personal foul on Dante Nania. Were you upset about it? That was a cheap shot, so that’s part of the game I guess.”

Nania started the second half, but left the game after fumbling on the Penguins’ third play of the third quarter.

The win gave the Bison the Missouri Valley Football Conference outright title heading into the regular-season finale Saturday. NDSU hosts the University of South Dakota at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

The Bison, 10-0 overall, retained their No. 1 ranking in both the FCS media and coaches top 25 polls. It will be the final regular-season game for 24 seniors, who will be recognized prior to kickoff.

Meanwhile, the Bison incoming freshman class continued to grow over the weekend with the verbal commitments of defensive lineman Stanley Jones from Bismarck High School and tight end/safety Marcus Collins from Madison, Wis.

Collins originally verbally committed to the University of Pittsburgh. He also had FBS offers from Western Michigan, Toledo, Air Force and Army, according to rivals.com.

He announced his decision on his Twitter account.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Jones went to junior high school in West Fargo before moving to Bismarck. Head coach Mark Gibson said the University of North Dakota also talked to Jones, but his goal was NDSU.

“His upswing is tremendous,” Gibson said. “I’m not sure where they’re going to put him but I personally think he’s going to be one heck of a defensive lineman. When he gets working on his strength and speed, I think he can be dynamite down the road.”

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

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

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