ABILENE, Texas--A determined North Dakota State football team posted a convincing 20-7 Pecan Bowl victory over famed Grambling College here Dec. 11, 1965, to cap a perfect 11-0 season and take firm hold of the No. 1 national rating in College Division football.

The Bison, one of the best defensive teams in the nation, allowed Grambling just 97 yards in total offense.

NDSU opened up scoring by marching the opening kickoff 80 yards with Ken Rota going the final five. The Bison upped the margin to 13-0 in the second quarter with Jim Carlson passing 68 yards to Lowell Linderman for the score.

Grambling collected its only score on a 93-yard kickoff return to open the second half. NDSU fullback Ron Mische plunged two yards in the final quarter to finish the scoring.

Rota gained 96 yards on 22 carries and was named the outstanding back. Linderman was picked as the outstanding lineman.

NDSU Grambling
First Downs 13 4
Yds. Rush 206 90
Yds. Pass 107 16
Passes 4-12-0 2-12-1
Punts 7-14.5 9-31.2
Penalties 2-10 6-40
Fumbles/Lost 0-0 0-0

North Dakota State 20, Grambling 7
Grambling 0 0 7 0 -- 7
NDSU 6 7 0 7 --20
NDSU--Rota 5 run (kick failed)
NDSU--Linderman 68 pass from Carlson (Aheman kick)
G--Smith 93 kickoff return (Bean kick)
NDSU--Mische 2 run (Ahneman kick)