ARLINGTON, Texas--Paul Hatchett ran for 106 yards and a touchdown as North Dakota State's awesome offense rolled to 23 first-half points to stop Arkansas State 23-14 here in the fifth annual Pecan Bowl football game, Dec. 14, 1968.

The Bison, ranked No. 1 in the nation, looked to make it a runaway in the opening two periods when Joe Roller, Hatchett, Ken Blazei and Bruce Grasamke combined for the three TDs and a field goal. Roller caught an 11-yard pass from Grasamke and Hatchett traversed 18 yards for first-quarter TDs.

Blazei then booted a 30-yard field goal and Grasamke ran in from four yards out before the halftime gun.

The Indians got two fourth-quarter TDs but had little other success against the Herd.

Hatchett was voted the outstanding offensive player of the game.

Statistics
NDSU ASU
First Downs 17 19
Yds. Rush 236 53
Yds. Pass 66 173
Passes 8-18-2 13-36-2
Punts 6-26.8 8-33.9
Penalties 2-16 7-61
Fumbles/Lost 2-1 1-1

North Dakota State 23, Arkansas State 14
ASU 0 0 0 14 -- 14
NDSU 14 9 0 0 -- 23
NDSU--Roller 11 pass from Grasamke (Blazei kick)
NDSU--Hatchett 18 run (Blazei kick)
NDSU--FG Blazei 30
NDSU--Grasamke 45 run (kick failed)
ASU--Hamilton 10 run (Casey pass from LaGrone)
ASU--Hamilton 1 run (run failed)
A--7,200