FARGO, N.D. (AP) Hunter Luepke ran for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns and FCS top-ranked North Dakota State led the rest of the way en route to a 27-14 victory on Saturday over Youngstown State.
Kobe Johnson's 17-yard touchdown run led to a 21-3 halftime lead for the Bison (4-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference). Mitch Davidson's 35-yard touchdown pass to Jaleel McLaughlin got the Penguins (2-2, 0-1) within 10 points at 24-14 with 4 1/2 minutes left.
Griffin Crosa's 39-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter extended the Bison's lead to 24-6. He added a 38-yarder in the final minute.