A couple of thoughts after Saturday's football:
- UND's game against Stony Brook was one of the more physical contests the Sioux have played in a while. Sioux simply did not have a very good running game and the loss of running back Mitch Sutton (hamstring) didn't help.
- A slow start hampered UND. It took interceptions by Joel Schwenzfeier and Dominique Hawkins to help jump-start the Sioux offense.
- Quarterback Jake Landry is beginning to make drive-sustaining plays with his feet as well as his arm. That will help the Sioux in the second half of the season.
- No question, Ismael Bamba is UND's go-to player. His ability to catch the ball in traffic is improving weekly.
- UND's depth on the defensive line is now a concern. Ty Boyle and Broc Bellmore both were limited against Stony Brook.
- One score from the day should be noted. Stephen F. Austin beat No. 7 McNeese State 16-13. SFA whooped up on UND 65-31 two weeks ago, a game that left many wondering if SFA was really that good or UND played a real bad game. SFA's win will get Lumberjacks into the Top 25 since McNeese already has defeated Appalachian State this season.
- It wasn't the greatest atmosphere in the Alerus Center on Saturday. Crowd was just short of 8,500.
- Wouldn't be surprised to see Sutton miss Saturday's game against Sioux Falls.
- South Dakota's kicking game, which struggled at UND last week, cost the Coyotes a possible win against UC Davis. The Coyotes had their extra-point attempt in overtime blocked by UC Davis, giving the Aggies a 24-23 win in Vermillion.