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Not the cleanest game by UND. There is definitely still work to be done. Need to protect the ball better. But UND was without doubt the better team today and was more disciplined than WIU. Now, t

North Dakota @ Western Illinois is a trap game if ever there was one.  Hawks coming off three huge wins vs ranked opponents.  First game on the road vs likely an unranked opponent. Outside in front of

Yes this was my point earlier. I still can't believe WIU got in over UND that year. Lets write our own destiny and not let the voters do it.

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The ESPN+ schedule has NDSU playing WIU as an early game Saturday and then NDSU playing Illinois State late. It does not show a UND game. We're being disrespected.  The team should know about this discretion!

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The ESPN+ schedule has NDSU playing WIU as an early game Saturday and then NDSU playing Illinois State late. It does not show a UND game. We're being disrespected.  The team should know about this discretion!

indiscretion not discretion 

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Hanson Field has artificial turf.  Temperature for Saturday forecasted in the mid 50's with a slight breeze.  Field conditions and weather should not be a issue come Saturday.  I expect UND to do the same thing we have been doing the last 3 games.  Pound the ball on the ground and pick up yards with short screen passes and dump offs which should open up the deep ball.  

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Forecast update from NWS: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. East wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.  Rain should hold off until well after the game.  Don't see any reason why our offense of rushing and short passes should have any weather-related limitations.  Probably won't take any deep shots if wind is gusty.

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UND football Week 4 primer: How to watch, injuries and matchups with Western Illinois

"We do things with a purpose," said Hergel, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound sophomore from Toronto. "There's nothing done without purpose in our group. We're going to get our knuckles dirty, we're going to come for 60 minutes and not stop until the whistle is blown ... maybe even a little after, but that's just how we play."
Written By: Tom Miller | 11:00 am, Mar. 12, 2021
 

You don't have to listen to UND offensive lineman Kyle Hergel for long to understand the type of attitude that his position group brings for the Fighting Hawks this season.

"We do things with a purpose," said Hergel, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound sophomore from Toronto. "There's nothing done without purpose in our group. We're going to get our knuckles dirty, we're going to come for 60 minutes and not stop until the whistle is blown ... maybe even a little after, but that's just how we play. We're going to be mean, nasty and in your face."

UND's quick rise to the No. 3 national ranking in the last STATS FCS poll can be traced back to the Fighting Hawks' improved rushing attack.

The Hawks (3-0) will look to keep that run game going in their first road test of the year against Western Illinois (0-2) at noon Saturday in Macomb.

In home wins over Southern Illinois, South Dakota State and South Dakota, UND is running for 218.3 yards per game, which ranks 14th in the FCS. Western Illinois' defense, meanwhile, ranks 70th of 76 FCS teams this spring in run defense. The Leathernecks have surrendered 251 rushing yards per game.

For comparison sake, UND rushed for 121.8 yards per game in the fall of 2019, so the Hawks were rushing for almost 100 fewer yards per game than in the spring of 2021.

UND's offensive line has also not allowed a quarterback sack. They're the only unit in the country able to make that claim in the FCS this year.

UND sophomore running back Otis Weah is ninth in the FCS in rushing yards with 342. His per-game average of 114.0 yards per game ranks eighth in the FCS but first among backs who have played in at least three games this year.

Weah is averaging 7.43 yards per carry. He currently leads the Missouri Valley Football Conference in rushing yards, yards per carry, yards per game, rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns.

"We want (our running backs) to look good and get all the touchdowns and media," Hergel said. "We're there to get in a brawl. We're going to protect them and our quarterback. We're going to get our knuckles black and blue for them because we want them to have success and shine."

https://www.grandforksherald.com/sports/football/6929071-UND-football-Week-4-primer-How-to-watch-injuries-and-matchups-with-Western-Illinois

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