For UND, though, PSU’s run defense already is well known. In three Division I meetings, PSU is holding UND to 66.0 yards per game on the ground.
That means when the two teams meet in a key Big Sky Conference game at 4:05 p.m. Saturday in Hillsboro, Ore., UND wants to be sharp in its passing game to hopefully make a dent in the Vikings’ defense.
In 2012, PSU gave up 107 rushing yards to UND on 35 rushes. In 2013, UND rushed 34 times for 50 yards. In 2014, UND ran for 41 yards on 33 attempts.
So, with PSU returning eight starters on defense, UND expects a similar battle as last year, when UND won 24-16 with the help of a last-minute defensive stand.
“If they take the run away, you have to throw the football,” UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. “We have to be more efficient