However nonetheless, it isn’t day-after-day you see a coach whose workforce simply misplaced 38-three stroll right into a postgame press convention with a bemused grin on his face. That is what the seventy four-yr-previous Lindsey did Saturday night, Dec. 2, on the Fargodome.
Let’s simply say you are not going to see Northern Iowa’s Mark Farley or South Dakota State’s John Stiegelmeier smiling after dropping to the Bison. Name Lindsey’s expression a smirk of resignation. Or acceptance. The inevitable occurred and there wasn’t a lot the Toreros have been going to have the ability to do about it.
“I advised coach Chris that this yr’s (Bison) group was higher than final yr. He wholeheartedly agreed,” Lindsey stated. “I feel they performed that method. We had nice respect for North Dakota State earlier than we got here in right here, and we’ve much more once we depart.”
Coach Chris can be Klieman, NDSU’s boss. And whereas the coaches disagreed on the place the Bison are higher than a yr in the past—Lindsey stated offense, Klieman stated protection—the NDSU coach did not dispute Lindsey’s general theme: These Bison are higher than the 2016 squad that reached the playoff semifinals earlier than dropping 27-17 to James Madison.
That is in all probability not the information the opposite groups on the Bison’s aspect of the bracket needed to listen to. James Madison’s victory on the dome a yr in the past gave a flicker of hope to FCS groups from Huntsville, Texas, to Jacksonville, Ala., to Spartanburg, S.C., that maybe they might mosey into Fargo and pull off a victory.
They nonetheless can, in fact, however Lindsey believes it could be simpler believed than executed.
“I feel their run recreation is best, notably their operating again,” Lindsey stated of NDSU’s Bruce Anderson, who gained 112 rugged yards towards the undersized Toreros protection. “I used to be very impressed by the best way he ran over us, he ran by way of us and made a number of guys not need to deal with him. I assumed he was actually good. They’ve all the time had monster-sized guys up entrance. That is the Alabama of the FCS and they’re extraordinarily good on each side of the ball. However I assumed their run recreation in the present day was notably robust for us to deal with.”
Humorous factor is, those that watch the Bison commonly consider NDSU’s protection is a notch or three above the place it was a yr in the past just because it’s a lot more healthy and deeper than the patchwork squad that limped into the postseason final December. Nostril deal with Nate Tanguay, linebacker Nick DeLuca and linebacker Jabril Cox have been recreation-changers on the sector towards San Diego. None of them performed a snap within the playoffs final yr, Tanguay and DeLuca…