North Dakota State University opened their home college football campaign with a win again as they beat Albany 28-6 on Saturday. The highlight of the game was Dominic Gonnella as he carried 13 times for 135 yards for two scores, and scored a 75-yard touchdown.
Gonnella broke a tackle up the middle on the first play of the second half. He then bounced to the outside and outran the defense to the end zone for a 21-6 lead.
Quincy Patterson was 12-for-16 passing for 115 yards and one touchdown for North Dakota State. The win was North Dakota's 23rd straight in home openers. The Bison are ranked fourth in the FCS poll, according to the Associated Press.
On the other hand, Jeff Undercuffler threw for 183 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Albany. Roy Alexander put the Great Danes on the board with four seconds left before halftime on a 67-yard touchdown reception. He finished with three catches for 94 yards.
North Dakota State was picked to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference behind South Dakota State in a preseason poll of the league's media, head coaches, and sports information directors. South Dakota State University had 24 first-place votes and North Dakota State University had 18 of those. The two teams face each other on November 6 in Brookings.
Since 2011, the North Dakota State Bison have a record of 127–8 (.941) which included a record 22-game playoff win streak, making them the most successful college football program in Division I FCS this decade.
The Bison are 181–35 (.838) since moving to Division I in 2004. Since 1964, the Bison have had only three losing seasons and an overall record of 515–137–4 (.788) through that 55-year span, one of the best in all of college football. North Dakota State currently has more all-time program wins than any non-Ivy League program, over 700. Of all teams established after 1894, only Oklahoma has won a higher percentage of its games than NDSU. The team also had the record for the longest winning streak in D1 FCS, which stands at 39 consecutive games spanning from 2017 to 2021.