DAPHNE, Ala. – The North Dakota State Bison upset No. 13 Iowa 23-21 on a last-second field goal by Cam Pedersen and earned the College Football Game of the Week honor from the United States Sports Academy.
The Bison (3-0), the five-time defending Football Championship Series (FCS) national champions, have won six consecutive games against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams since 2010. Saturday’s win is considered the biggest upset for an FCS school since James Madison defeated No. 13 Virginia Tech in 2010.
Tied at 14 late in the third quarter, Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard threw to Matt VandeBerg for a touchdown to put the Hawkeyes up 21-14. In the fourth quarter the Bison completed a 15-play, 80-yard drive capped by a touchdown pass from quarterback Easton Stick to Chase Morlock. The Bison attempted a two-point conversion but failed and trailed 21-20.
After forcing an Iowa punt, North Dakota State took the ball with 1:53 to play in the game and moved into field goal range for the game-winning score as time expired.
North Dakota State running back King Frazier rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown and Stick completed 11-of-19 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown in the win.
A blue ribbon panel of 17 members consisting of former college football coaches and athletic directors and including Academy faculty selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Week Award by ballot. The committee is chaired by former U.S. Naval Academy athletic director Jack Lengyel. At the conclusion of the college football season, the panel selects the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year.
The College Football Game of the Year Award is part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport series, a function of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), which was established as “a tribute to the artist and the athlete.”
Each year at the conclusion of the college football season painter Daniel Moore, the ASAMA 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy to render a painting depicting a memorable and pivotal moment to commemorate the selected College Football Game of the Year. In addition, the Academy contributes $5,000 to the winning university’s scholarship fund.
Fans are encouraged to follow the Academy’s Game of the Year process and compare their selected games of the week to the committee’s selection.
Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu .
Founded in 1984, ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of nearly 2,000 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, go to www.asama.org.