Sport

Football

Year Inducted

2008

North Dakota State University capped off a perfect 10-0 season with a Pecan Bowl win over Arkansas State to claim the program's second national championship and first under the direction of head coach Ron Erhardt ... The Bison recorded their fifth straight North Central Conference championship with a 6-0 record -- unprecedented in the history of the league ... North Dakota State extended its home field winning streak to 24 games that season ... Sixteen members of the 1968 NDSU football team, 13 players, a pair of coaches and athletic trainer, have been inducted into the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame ... Paul Hatchett ran for 106 yards and a touchdown as NDSU's awesome offense rolled to 23 first-half points to stop Arkansas State in the fifth annual Pecan Bowl ... 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. ... Hatchett and defensive tackle Jim Ferge were named first-team Little All-Americans by the Associated Press, while safety Del Gehrett was honorable mention ... For the 18 seniors on the Bison roster, it marked the end of three successful years where they charted a 26-2 regular season record ... Hatchett established a NCC rushing standard and became the first Bison player in 73 years to surpass 1,000 yards on the ground ... Kicker Ken Blazei booted 50 consecutive extra points to establish a then- national intercollegiate single-season mark.