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RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Nicholls State University

The University of North Dakota football team stayed with Nicholls State University into the third quarter, trailing by just four points, but the No. 19-ranked Colonels struck for the next two scores to defeat the No. 24 Fighting Hawks 24-6 in the first round of the FCS playoffs in Thibodaux, La. UND’s only scoring came on two Brady Leach field …


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RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Southern Utah University

The University of North Dakota football team outscored Southern Utah University 19-3 in the second half on its way to a 36-18 victory Saturday afternoon in the Alerus Center. Luke Skokna led the way offensively for the Fighting Hawks (7-4), rushing for 116 yards on 11 carries while scoring two touchdowns. Quarterback Nate Ketteringham chipped in 53 yards on the …


RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Northern Colorado University

The University of North Dakota football team picked up its sixth win of the season with a 45-38 victory over Northern Colorado on Saturday afternoon in the Alerus Center. Quarterback Nate Ketteringham was 26 for 37 passing with two touchdown tosses and one rushing score. His favorite receiver, Noah Wanzek, caught nine of those passes for 125 yards and a …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Montana State University

A fourth quarter blocked punt in the end zone by Alex Cloyd and recovery for a touchdown by Jason Coley propelled the University of North Dakota football team to a 16-12 win over No. 9 Montana State University on Saturday in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Quarterback Nate Ketteringham was 27-of-36 for 220 yards for UND (5-3), and wide receiver …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Sam Houston State University

Freshman quarterback Tommy Schuster came off the bench to replace an injured Andrew Zimmerman to lead the University of North Dakota to a 27-23 win over 24th-ranked Sam Houston State University (1-2) on Saturday in the 55th annual Potato Bowl in the Alerus Center. It was UND’s ninth win over a nationally ranked team since joining the FCS ranks in 2008. …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. North Dakota State University

The University of North Dakota dropped a 38-7 decision to topped-ranked North Dakota State University in the much-anticipated nonconference matchup of the two former North Central Conference foes Saturday in the Fargodome. The win evened UND’s record at 1-1, while NDSU is now 2-0. UND’s lone score came in the second quarter on a 3-yard run by James Johannesson, who rushed …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Drake University

The University of North Dakota cruised to a 47-7 win over Drake University in Saturday’s season opener in the Alerus Center. Three Fighting Hawks quarterbacks combined for 295 yards as UND racked up 431 total offensive yards. Starting quarterback Nate Ketteringam led the way with a 19-for-25 performance good for 152 yards and a passing touchdown before leaving with an …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Montana

University of North Dakota quarterback Nate Ketteringham threw four passes for touchdowns and ran for another as the Fighting Hawks knocked off No. 22 University of Montana on Saturday afternoon in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Ketteringham threw two touchdown passes to Noah Wanzek and one each to Garret Maag and Izzy Adeoti. Running back James Johannesson scored the other …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Northern Colorado University

The University of North Dakota used a strong running game, with James Johannesson and Brady Oliveira each rushing for over 100 yards, en route to a 38-13 win over Northern Colorado University on Saturday at Nottingham Field in Greeley, Colo. Johannesson ran for 141 yards and Oliveira chipped in 123 yards and two touchdowns as the Fighting Hawks improved to 3-2 …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Idaho State University

The University of North Dakota, after leading Idaho State University 21-19 at halftime, failed to score again and gave up a late fourth-quarter touchdown to fall 25-21 to the Bengals on Saturday in the Alerus Center in the annual Potato Bowl and Homecoming game. The Fighting Hawks (2-2) were led John Santiago, who rushed for 111 yards and ran for one …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Sam Houston State University

The University of North Dakota football team rebounded in Week 3 of the season with a big 24-23 win over No. 5-ranked Sam Houston State University on Saturday in Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, Texas. Noah Wanzek’s 8-yard, fourth-down touchdown with less than five minutes left in the game was the difference for the Fighting Hawks (1-1) and snapped the Bearkats’ …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Washington

The University of North Dakota knew it had its work cut out Saturday in its matchup with the University of Washington from the Pac-12, and that proved to be the case as the Huskies defeated the Fighting Hawks 45-3 in Seattle’s Huskie Stadium. UND (1-1) trailed just 17-0 after the first half and cut the margin to two touchdowns on …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Mississippi Valley State

The University of North Dakota men’s football team opened its 2018 season with a resounding 35-7 win over Mississippi Valley State on Thursday night in the Alerus Center. The Fighting Hawks (1-0) led the Delta Devils 21-7 at halftime before adding two second half touchdowns to close out the scoring. On offense, both John Santiago and Brady Oliveira each topped …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Montana

The University of North Dakota fell to 2-5 and 1-3 in the Big Sky Conference after the University of Montana (5-2, 3-1 BSC) scored a 41-17 victory over the Fighting Hawks Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula. Montana redshirt freshman Gresch Jensen overcame a shaky start to finish the game with 423 yards passing and four touchdowns. The Fighting Hawks were playing without …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Montana State University

The University of North Dakota football team suffered its third loss of the season Saturday, dropping a 49-21 Big Sky Conference game to Montana State University before 12,342 fans, the first sellout at the Alerus Center since the 2009 season opener vs. South Dakota. The 17th-ranked Fighting Hawks, who fell behind 21-0 in the first half, closed the gap to 28-13 in the third quarter …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — A Week Of Sports At University Of North Dakota

  The University of North Dakota sports teams were busy this past week, the women’s volleyball team playing and winning four matches — North Dakota State University, George Washington, South Dakota State University and Appalachian State — and the men’s football team shutting out Missouri State in the Potato Bowl. Grand Forks photographer Russ Hons was on hand for all the action, …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Sweet Potato Pie

Traditions are what make holidays special. And food is a big part of that for most families. When I was growing up, Grandma — and later Mom — would make baked oysters for our big Thanksgiving Day celebration, which was attended by all my aunts, uncles and cousins on the Menard side of the family. Since then, the dish has become synonymous …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University of North Dakota vs. Northern Arizona University

The University of North Dakota clinched a share of the Big Sky Conference football championship Saturday in the Alerus Center with a 38-31 win over visiting Northern Arizona University. But if you would have told that to Fighting Hawks fans in attendance after the first half, you might not have gotten many believers. UND erased a 31-10 lead in the …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Homecoming 2016 — University Of North Dakota Vs. Southern Utah University

The University of North Dakota, behind quarterback Keaton Studsrud’s four touchdowns passes, defeated Southern Utah University 45-23 on Saturday in Grand Forks’ Alerus Center to remain perfect at 4-0 in the Big Sky Conference football standings. Studsrud was 20-for-27 through the air for 282 yards in the 2016 Homecoming victory as the Fighting Hawks won their fifth straight game after opening the season …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Sacramento State — Behind The Scenes

The University of North Dakota football team picked up a big road win Saturday, defeating Big Sky Conference foe Sacramento State University 40-7 in Sacramento, Calif. But there is much more to college football than action shots from the game. Grand Forks photographer traveled with the Fighting Hawks, and here is a behind-the-scenes look at the weekend, starting and ending with …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Cal Poly

The University of North Dakota knocked off No. 16-ranked Cal Poly 31-24 in Big Sky Conference football action Saturday in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The Fighting Hawks were led by quarterback Keaton Studsrud, who passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another. UND (3-2, 2-0 BSC) has now won three straight, while the Mustangs (3-2, 1-1 BSC) saw a two-game winning …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery —College Football, University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of South Dakota

Keaton Studsrud’s 1-yard plunge in overtime gave the University of North Dakota a stunning 47-44 come-from-behind victory over the University of South Dakota in the 51st annual Potato Bowl game Saturday in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The Fighting Hawks trailed 34-14 in the the third quarter before staging the comeback. UND (1-2) forced the extra session by scoring the final …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Big Sky Conference Football, University of North Dakota Vs. Northern Colorado, November 14, 2015

It was Senior Day on Saturday in the Alerus Center, and the University of North Dakota’s seniors went out in style with a 45-14 Big Sky Conference rout of Northern Colorado. It was the fifth-straight Senior Day win for UND (6-4, 4-3 BSC), which improved to 4-1 on its home field this season. Northern Colorado fell to 5-5 overall and 3-5 in the BSC. UND …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University of North Dakota 44, Montana State 38, October 31, 2015

True freshmen running backs John Santiago (230 yards, three touchdowns) and Brady Oliveira (167 yards, one touchdown) combined for 397 rushing yards to lead the University of North Dakota to a 44-38 Big Sky Conference win over Montana State on Saturday in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. It was the sixth-straight 100-yard rushing game for Santiago, whose new season-total of …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Game Day, University of North Dakota Vs. UC Davis, September 26, 2015

Here are some Faces from Game Day before, during and after the University of North Dakota’s 31-24 Big Sky Conference win over UC Davis on Saturday in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. UND was led by true freshman John Santiago, who ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns, and inside linebacker Will Ratelle, who had 15 tackles — 12 …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Big Sky Football, University of North Dakota 31, UC Davis 24, September 26, 2015

True freshman John Santiago ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns and inside linebacker Will Ratelle had 15 tackles — 12 of them solo — to lead the University of North Dakota to a 31-24 Big Sky Conference football win over UC Davis Saturday in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The victory gives UND a 1-0 conference record (3-1 overall). David …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — UND 21, Drake 18, 50th Annual Potato Bowl, September 12, 2015

The University of North Dakota football team had its way with Drake in the first half of Saturday’s 50th annual Potato Bowl game, running up a three-touchdown lead. But the Bulldogs held UND scoreless in the second half while scoring 18 unanswered points to take some of the sheen off the home team’s 21-18 victory. The disappointing three-point win comes on the …

SPORTS: New Town’s Grady Signs With UND

It’s no secret that University of North Dakota football coach Bubba Schweigert likes to recruit North Dakota kids. That was no more than evident at Wedneday’s press conference announcing the signings of 28 new players to the school’s program on National Signing Day. Schweigert, who played nine-man football at Zeeland, N.D., was extremely excited about the signing of Elijah Grady of …