FARGO, N.D. - Ever since the loss to the eventual national champions in the playoffs last year, one of the main concerns for Bison head coach Chris Klieman was to build depth.
It was the main theme heading into Saturday's season opener as well. The win against Mississippi Valley State cost North Dakota State some of that depth.
"it got us with three guys this past weekend. We lost Demaris Purifoy for the year with a knee injury. We lost Dillan Radunz for the year with a knee injury and we lost Jaxon Brown probably six weeks with a knee injury so next guy will step up and as you guys know we've been in this situation before and as Gus Bradley told us three years ago when he cam here, when Murphy hits you, attack Murphy," said Klieman.
That's the negative, but what was the most production aspect of game one according to the head coach?
Klieman said: "I was pleased with how we were able to run the football. I was pleased with how we were effective in the passing game. I think Easton was 5 for 5 with a couple of touchdowns and that was what we were hoping for. It's going to be a different game this week. We need to have great preparation. I think our backs ran extremely hard and I felt we blocked well up front."
Tanner Volson was also named the Valley Conference offensive lineman of the week. The Bison averaged over 17-yards per carry when Volson was in the game.
NDSU plays its first road game of the season on Saturday. The Bison head west to Washington to play the Eagles of Eastern Washington.
Out TV crew will be heading west, as well. The Farmers Union Insurance Bison Football Pre-game show will be on at 2:00 CST with the kickoff on the statewide KFYR-KVLY Bison Television Network is scheduled for shortly after 3:00 CST.
It's a match-up of teams in the top six of the F.C.S. Coaches poll. NDSU is 2nd to James Madison. Eastern Washington is tied for number six with Youngstown.
UND's loss to Utah drops the Fighting Hawks only one spot to 11th this week.