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 third quarter, scoring 28 unanswered points, capped by Deion Harris’ 40-yard interception return for a touchdown with only 2:43 left in the game, to claim the victory, their ninth straight after opening the season with two losses. The win allowed UND to finish off Big Sky play with a perfect 8-0 record and a good shot at a NCAA FCS Playoff game. The win closed out the regular season for the Fighting Hawks, who will have next weekend off before learning if they will make postseason play. The Hawks (9-2 overall, 8-0 BSC) were led by quarterback Keaton Studsrud, who passed for 254 yards and one touchdown and wide receiver De’mun Mercer, who had seven catches for 147 yards and a touchdown. Running back John Santiago chipped in 77 yards and two scores on the ground, and Brady Oliveira ran for 103 yards and threw for one touchdown. NAU (5-5, 4-3 BSC) was led by quarterback Blake Kemp, who threw for 416 yards and three touchdowns. Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.

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