FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Hunter Luepke barreled 55 yards for a touchdown less than a minute into the game and North Dakota State never trailed in a 34-13 defeat of North Dakota on Saturday in a clash of top-four teams in the FCS.
Luepke had missed all of North Dakota State’s previous spring games with a shoulder injury, but on the fourth play from scrimmage he took a handoff from Zeb Noland, cut around the right side of the Bison line, split two defenders, fought off a would-be tackler at the 10 and, losing his balance, dove the final three yards into the end zone for a career-long run.
Luepke, a 245-pound fullback, had a career day for fourth-ranked North Dakota State (5-1, 4-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference). He carried the ball 28 times for 190 yards, scoring three touchdowns — all career highs.
North Dakota State racked up 456 yards of offense, including 316 rushing, to North Dakota’s 304.