First loss of year for NDSU Bison football

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FARGO, N.D. - There has been some snow falling, but contrary to what some Bison fans must be feeling following their first football loss of the season, the sky is not falling.

North Dakota State won five straight national championships, but only once was it an undefeated title. Head Coach Chris Klieman says they simply did not play well enough over the weekend.

"Kids played really hard but our execution wasn't where it needed to be and we didn't make great in game adjustments and that starts with me. I have to do a better job on the sidelines. My suggestions offense, defensively and we didn't go a good job collectively so we're going to learn from it and we're going to move on and get ready for USD this week," said Klieman.

Dickinson’s Levi Jordheim hurt his knee against the Jackrabbits, and Klieman says it’s a little early to know for sure.

"I'll get more information probably today. It's not ligament where it'll be a surgery type deal but we're just trying to decide if it's a week to week or if it's going to be a 3 or 4 week deal based on how he feels today, the next few days. I'll know probably more by Tuesday or Wednesday but I don't know if there's a, I'd say 50-50 if he's got a chance to play this week," said KFYR Klieman.

North Dakota State did slip in the FCS coaches poll after the loss. The Bison are number 6, but at this time of the year, the only poll that counts is the one from the playoff selection committee.

This week’s opponent is the other team from South Dakota. The Coyotes are at the Fargodome on Saturday afternoon. It’s the usual coverage times on the KFYR-KVLY Bison Television Network. The Pre-Game show is at 1:30 p.m. CST with kick-off at 2:30 p.m. CST.