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September 1, 2012FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Brock Jensen threw three touchdown passes, and North Dakota State kicked off the defense of its Football Championship Subdivision title Saturday with a 52-0 domination of Robert Morris in the season opener for both teams.
Jensen was 16 of 23 for 217 yards, hitting Ryan Smith, Taylor Nelson and Trevor Gebhart for scores. Sam Ojuri, John Crockett, Derrick Lang and backup quarterback Carson Wentz added rushing touchdowns and Adam Keller kicked a 24-yard field goal for the Bison, playing their first game since beating Sam Houston State 17-6 in the FCS championship game Jan. 7.
The NDSU defense held Robert Morris to 88 yards of total offense. The Bison tallied three fumbles and an interception of the Colonials' Matt Layman, who was 10 of 21 for 66 yards.
"Defending national champions, they're pretty good," Layman told the Fargo Forum. "We wanted to try and give them a good game. We stuck with them in the first half, but the second half got away from us a bit."
North Dakota State won its only previous meeting with Robert Morris, 43-17 in the opening round of the 2010 FCS playoffs.
Robert Morris stuck with North Dakota State through the first half, trailing 17-0 at the break mostly because of poor field position and several missed tackles. John Crockett's 26-yard run in the second quarter to make it 14-0 featured several broken tackles and a few missed attempts to force a fumble.
"I saw a couple of broken tackles and the guy just stayed up," safety Cameron Chadwick told the Forum. "I'm sure a lot of our team thought he would just go down."
Robert Morris had a couple chances to pull close in the second half, but a few quick 3-and-outs coupled with a fast start by NDSU quickly turned the game into a rout. The 52 points are the most the Colonials have given up in a single game in program history, while it marked just the fourth time in program history that RMU was shut out.
The Colonials return home to face Northeast Conference champion Albany next Saturday.
ColonialsCorner publisher Andrew Chiappazzi contributed to this report
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