November 10, 2013

Sunday's look back at football

Post-Game Notes | Northern Colorado at North Dakota | November 9, 2013

  • The defense held North Dakota to just four rushing yards (on 23 attempts). It is the lowest opponent rushing total since the 2011 team held Idaho State to -9 yards (26 attempts).
  • Senior quarterback Seth Lobato rushed for his second touchdown of the season and the sixth of his career. His six scores are second at the Division I level only to Dylan Orms (2008-11), who rushed for seven.
  • Senior Timi Niweigha intercepted his first pass of the year and second of his career, returning it nine yards. It is the team's first interception in five games – and just the second against a Big Sky foe.
  • Northern Colorado led 7-6 at halftime. It's the first lead at the break since the season opener against Langston.
  • Senior wideout Will Jefferson Jr. had a career day, catching eight passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Senior defensive end Gavin Miller had two quarterback sacks, giving him 22.5 tackles for loss in his career. That moves him into third all-time in Division I history past both Nick Hernon (2008-10) and Max Hewitt (2007-10).
  • Junior linebacker Leilon Willingham posted double figures in tackles (11) for the sixth time in eight games this year.
  •  On three of Tanner Ellingsen's five punts he pinned North Dakota inside the 20, including twice inside the five-yard line. Ellingsen averaged 43.2 yards per punt, the eighth time this season he's averaged 43.0 yards per punt or better.
  • Will Jefferson Jr. ended the game with a season-best 191 all-purpose yards, adding 20 punt return yards to his 171 receiving yards. The total is the 10th highest single game in UNC's Division I history.
  • Junior Kyle Griffin tied the school's Division I single season record for interceptions with 3. It is the 12th time a Bear has picked three passes in a year.
  • Senior Tromaine Dennis climbed two spots on the career rushing chart. He now ranks 8th with 1,618 yards, passing both Darnell Brooks (1992-94, 1,527 yards) and Mike Woolford (1965-67, 1,564 yds).