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Texas Tech Opponent Prospectus // North Dakota Fighting Sioux

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General Information

Opponent University of North Dakota
Nickname Fighting Sioux
Location Grand Forks, ND
Enrollment 12,748
Conference Great West
Head Coach Chris Mussman
2008 Record 6-4
Starters Returning/Lost 7/14
Blogs -
Links 2009 Prospectus (pdf)


Statistics

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)
Sacks 1.60 2.62 (18)
Tackles For Loss - 4.85 (95)
Turnover Margin 0.82 0.62 (22)


Top Returners

Category Player
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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.