North Dakota State plays entertaining football games. That's been part of the Bison's M.O. in winning five FCS national championships in a row, and it's already been on display once this year. The Bison's win against Charleston Southern in the first game of this college football season turned out to be a complete delight.
The Bison were back at it again on Saturday, this time with Eastern Washington as dancing partner. The Bison and Eagles duked it out at the Fargodome, and EWU had a chance to finish the Bison with a 49-yard field goal just before regulation expired. But Jordan Dascalo's bid sailed way left, and the Bison got overtime.
Once they were there, Tre Dempsey intercepted an EWU pass, and Lance Dunn charged into the end zone from 25 yards on NDSU's first offensive play of the extra frame. That's a final: 50-44, North Dakota State.
This might've been Week 2's best game. The best competition was the rivalry renewal between Pitt and Penn State, which finished 42-39 in Pitt's favor. The ending there was pretty brutally executed on Penn State's part, just like things fell apart at the very end for EWU. The games were sort of similar in that sense.
Not all's lost for EWU, which beat the Pac-12's Washington State just a week ago. They'll be an FCS contender, as the Bison certainly are. NDSU's great, but this is twice in less than a month that they've needed a late missed field goal to eventually win a home game in overtime. They've never been totally unbeatable on their five-year run of brilliance, but it feels like a few teams can give them a hell of a test in 2016. So let's all buckle in.