HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) – Nate Ketteringham threw a touchdown to Noah Wanzek in the fourth quarter to improve his team for good, while North Dakota drove Sam Houston on Saturday night 24-23.
The Fighting Hawks (2-1) followed most of the second half and were behind 23-17 when Ketteringham took the team 84 yards in 12 games, covering the ride with an 8 yard strike to Wanzek for a 24-23 lead with 4 : 44 to play. The North Dakota defense then held and forced Sam Houston State to give up the ball after four downs.
Ketteringham was 16 out of 29 for 189 yards passing for the Fighting Hawks. He also ran for 45 yards and a touchdown. Brady Oliveira ran for 53 yards and a score.
North Dakota led 17-10 at rest but was scoreless in the third quarter.
Mike Dare pitched for 201 yards for the Bearkats (1-1). Kyran Jackson ran for 61 yards and two touchdowns.