|Opponent||University of North Dakota|
|Location||Grand Forks, ND|
|Head Coach||Chris Mussman|
|Links||2009 Prospectus (pdf)|
|Statistic||North Dakota||Texas Tech|
|Pass Offense||245.60||413.15 (1)|
|Rush Offense||145.80||117.84 (94)|
|Total Offense||391.40||531.00 (4)|
|Scoring Offense||32.10||43.77 (3)|
|Pass Efficiency||-||158.76 (9)|
|Sacks Allowed||2.70||1.00 (4)|
|Pass Defense||267.50||242.23 (94)|
|Rush Defense||113.20||140.38 (61)|
|Total Defense||380.70||382.62 (79)|
|Scoring Defense||26.30||27.85 (74)|
|Pass Efficiency Defense||-||130.56 (72)|
|Tackles For Loss||-||4.85 (95)|
|Turnover Margin||0.82||0.62 (22)|
|Rushing||Josh Murray (188 / 1,146 yds / 12 TD)|
|Passing||Jake Landry (3-4 / 77 yds / 1 TD / 0 Int)|
|Receiving||Ismael Bamba (21 rec. / 310 yds /3 TD)|
|Tackles||Dominique Hawkins (50)|
|Sacks||Ryan Kasowski (3.0)|
|Interceptions||Dominique Hawkins (3)|
A Few Things
I'm not sure that I need a disclaimer, but I'll go ahead and give it anyway. I've never seen a single play of NDU football, so all of these observations are based on the statistics above.
- NDU vs. NDS: When I first started this, I found the statistics for what I thought was North Dakota, but was actually were the statistics for North Dakota State, obviously an entirely different university. Not noticing the difference I had typed it up quite a bit until I realized what I had done. I can only imagine the ire that I would have received from faithful Fighting Sioux and Bison had I continued with my mistake.
- New Quarterback: ND loses their starting quarterback and much like Texas Tech, the Fighting Sioux will be relying on a new signal caller. It's tough to tell from the limited action what type of success Landry will have, but he's got a great last name. Of course, Landry's biggest hurdle is being good enough to win on the road.
- Murray Returns at Running Back: The backbone of the NDU offense is led by RB Josh Murray with 114 yards a game and I could imagine that the NDU offense will rely heavily on Murray for the first game, in Lubbock.
- Replacing Defense: NDU loses 3 of their top 4 tacklers from 2008 and considering the defense gave up over 260 yards a game last year might mean that NDU is going to have a tough time with Texas Tech.
- Hawkins the Ballhawk: The Fighting Sioux's best defensive player appears to be Dominique Hawkins (6-0/180) and had a great redshirt freshman year in 2008 and would expect that to continue in 2009.
- Catching On: NDU also loses their top two receivers in Brady Trenbeath (69/859/8) and Alex Nichols (39/444/6), leaving Bamba as the top returning pass catcher. Josh Murray is also a pretty decent receiving threat, grabbing 21 catches for 187 yards.