It is encouraging to see alot of people on this board mad that we didn't win and not happy just because we played NDSU close. UND should've won that game. 4th down our our own 20 while in the lead is one of the dumbest play choices I have seen. It's maybe different if we are trailing and need a spark but we had showed our defense could hold. If we were up 7 or 10, maybe a little easier on it, but failure to get the 2 yards and you have them in FG range already for a kicker who doesn't miss, while only leading by 1, so giving them the lead. To be honest though if they attempt to convert on that 4th down instead of kick it we are even further behind. But the play calling once we were down by 2 made it seem like we were in the lead and trying to protect and run out the clock.
Also if NDSU didn't see on their last drive that they need to go back to what they did in the spring with running #44(I believe) then I do not know what they are thinking. He runs tough up the guy and chewed up atleast 3 yards every time if not more. All they were trying to do was run clock off and it turned into a TD drive for them. How huge it would've been to stop them that drive and get a FG even to take the lead and make NDSU try to drive the field in the end, forcing them to throw that hadn't worked for them all game.
Clock management in the 4th was bad too. There were a few plays in the end of the 1st half and end of the game that there was a WR/RB that had the chance to get out of bounds and instead attempted to get more yards but kept the clock running, we also believe there was a timeout in pocket at the end of the game, but I believe we may have saved that to set up a FG attempt with little time left on the clock if we could've scored a TD on the last drive, and converted a on-side. But failure to get points on the board before half seemed crazy.