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FARGO, N.D. - Brock Jensen threw for 192 yards and matched a career-high with three touchdown passes as North Dakota State easily beat Prairie View 66-7 before 18,623 fans at Gate City Bank Field in the Fargodome.
North Dakota State (3-0) has won eight straight game dating back to the loss to Youngstown State last November.
Jensen completed 13 of 15 pass attempts for the Bison, connecting with wide receiver Zach Vraa for two touchdowns, including a 69-yard pass, in the first quarter. Backup quarterback Carson Wentz completed all eight pass attempts for 93 yards.
Vraa, who had 156 receiving yards in three previous games in his career, finished with eight receptions for 156 yards to lead a group of nine receivers for NDSU.
The Bison scored 28 points in the second quarter with touchdowns from Nate Moody, John Crockett, Sam Ojuri, and Taylor Nelson, and kicks by Adam Keller. In the third quarter, Deveon Dinwiddie took over the scoring with three TDs on the ground.
North Dakota State led 45-0 at halftime, the most since September 2001 when the Bison led Western State (Colo.) 45-3 at the intermission.
The Panthers (0-4) were scoreless until the fourth quarter when D.J. Harris caught a 7-yard pass from Jerry Lovelocke, followed by an extra point from Chris Barrick, to put Prairie View on the scoreboard.
Prairie View, which ends its nonconference stretch, is seeing its worst start since 2002 when it was 0-6.
North Dakota State rolled up 597 yards of total offense compared to 192 for Prairie View A&M. The Bison rolled up 312 yards on the ground with six different ball carries. Dinwiddie rushed 10 times for 79 yards, while Crockett picked up 77 yards on nine carries.
Defensive end Mike Hardie led NDSU with six tackles and a pair of sacks, while linebacker DeShawn Dinwiddie had six tackles. Free safety Christian Dudzik and nose guard Brian Schaetz each came up with fumble recoveries. The Bison combined for nine tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and three sacks.
It was NDSU's highest offensive outburst since defeating Division II Concordia-St. Paul 66-7 in the 2006 season opener.
The Bison have been ranked No. 1 in the FCS Coaches Top 25 during the first three weeks of the regular season.