An announced crowd of 11,434 in the Alerus Center was the largest season-opening crowd in the eight-year history of the building.
And it played a factor. Texas A&M-Kingsville was flagged for eight false start penalties, halting a number of promising drives.
“It wasn’t one guy either,” Kingsville coach Bo Atterberry said. “It was one guy here, another there. We needed to keep our composure.”
UND was penalized just five times for 38 yards.
Kingsville racked up 165 yards on 14 penalties.
But the fans filled the stands in the final minutes before kickoff. The crowd of 11,434 was the 10th largest for a Sioux game in the Alerus Center.
“It was fantastic,” Faison said. “I loved the tailgaiting, the band and the game.”
From what I've read, the marketing for this game wasn't great. Just think how the attendance will increase when Faison and crew get this thing moving.