Missouri State’s football team saw its ninth consecutive loss to North Dakota State on Saturday, falling 22-0 in Fargo. The Bears haven’t bested the Bison since 2010, when they claimed a 3-0 victory at home. 

But this loss was different for two very specific reasons:

1. Missouri State hasn’t held North Dakota State to 22 points or less since 2012. 

North Dakota State defeated Missouri State 21-17 seven years ago.The Bears’ defense didn’t allow a single passing touchdown on Saturday, something no other opponent has done against North Dakota State this season. Missouri State forced six punts by the No. 1 team.

2. The Bears stopped the Bison more on third down.

The two-time defending national champions only completed 43% of their third down conversions over the weekend. During last season’s matchup, the Bison converted 50% of their third down attempts. In 2017, North Dakota State completed 62% of third down conversions. 

Senior McNeece Egbim’s game-high 14 tackles led the defense in holding its own. In the third quarter, Missouri State only allowed 95 yards of total offense, forcing the Bison to punt the ball away three times and putting the pressure on special teams for a missed field goal. 

It was a battle of the defenses, as North Dakota State held Missouri State to just 12 rushing yards in the first two quarters. The Bears would only pick up nine more rushing yards in the second half. 

North Dakota State has won 28 straight, the second longest winning streak in FCS history. 

Missouri State will host Northern Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 26, for the Bears’ homecoming.

Claire began as a sports reporter for The Standard in March of 2018. She covers football, baseball, and basketball. Claire is a junior at Missouri State University majoring in Communication Studies with a double minor in Journalism and Marketing.