DENVER - SEPTEMBER 04: Quarterback Pete Thomas #4 of the Colorado State Rams bobbles the ball and recovered his own fumble against the Colorado Buffaloes during the the Rocky Mountain Showdown at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 4 2010 in Denver Colorado. Colorado was awarded the Centenial Trophy after they defeated Colorado State 24-3. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

North Dakota State Vs. Colorado State: Rams Lose To FCS Bison, 22-7

Colorado State scored the first seven points of the game 90 seconds into the contest. They scored none the rest of the game, losing to North Dakota State, 22-7.

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North Dakota State Vs. Colorado State 2012: Final Score And Game Recap

Last season, the North Dakota State Bison upset Minnesota from the Big Ten on their way to winning the Division I FCS playoffs. For a third straight year the Bison have beaten an FBS foe as they topped Colorado State 22-7 in Fort Collins, Co. on Saturday night.

Brock Jenson threw for 178 yards and a touchdown while Sam Ojuri rushed for 58 yards and a score. It was the defense that did the job for NDSU, as they held the Rams scoreless for the final three periods after taking a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

the Colorado State offense struggled to make any headway against the Bison. The Rams gained only 243 yards and managed a first quarter touchdown pass from Garrett Grayson to Crockett Gilmore. Colorado State also earned just 11 first downs and had 101 yards of penalties.

In addition to beating Minnesota 37-34 last season the Bison beat Kansas 6-3 in 2010.

For more on the Rams, head to Mountain West Connection. For all of your college football needs, check out SB Nation's dedicated college football hub, and be sure to stay tuned to SB Nation's YouTube channel.

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North Dakota State Vs. Colorado State: Bison QB Brock Jensen A Dangerous Weapon

Colorado State will be facing a tough test this week against North Dakota State, the Football Championship Subdivision champions last season who featured a pair of successful running backs and a dominant defense. Perhaps the biggest test, however, is going to be figuring out how to handle quarterback Brock Jensen.

CSU coach Jim McElwain knows that Jensen is the key to their offense, according to Coloradoan.com:

"I'm really impressed with their quarterback and how he handles taking what the defense gives you," said CSU coach Jim McElwain, whose Rams face the Bison 5 p.m. Saturday at Hughes Stadium.

Jensen brought balance to the North Dakota State offense, passing for 2,524 yards and 14 touchdowns last season and perfectly complimenting the team's dangerous running attack. NDSU defeated Robert Morris in the first game of the season, 52-0, showcasing yet again the balance that won the FCS championship in 2011.

For more on the Rams, head to Mountain West Connection. For all of your college football needs, check out SB Nation's dedicated college football hub, and be sure to stay tuned to SB Nation's YouTube channel.

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North Dakota State Vs. Colorado State: Rams Not Overlooking 2011 FCS Champions

North Dakota State will visit Fort Collins to play Colorado State on Saturday, and the Bison make the trip with a reputation of knocking off FBS schools.

The Bison have won three of their last five games against FBS opponents and five of their last eight over the past six seasons.

Saturday's game against the Rams is North Dakota State's only pass at an FBS school in 2012, so Colorado State coach Jim McElwain knows the Bison will be prepared.

From Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post:

"I know that these guys are coming in here expecting ... they know how to win. They built a program that expects to win," he said. "What our guys have to understand is satisfaction. If you're satisfied, then you're mediocre. So the satisfaction of getting a win means nothing. That should have been expected."

North Dakota State won 37-24 at Minnesota in 2011. That was the only FBS opponent on the slate last year which the Bison completed in a dominating 14-1 fashion on the way to an FCS national championship. The Bison were also responsible for spoiling the first game of Turner Gill's tenure as Kansas' head coach; North Dakota State won that game 6-3 at Kansas.

The Bison's last loss to an FBS school was Sept. 3, 2009, a 34-17 loss at Iowa State.

The Rams kick off against North Dakota State on Saturday at 5 p.m. MT.

For more on the Colorado State Rams, head over to Mountain West blog Mountain West Connection. More on college gridiron can be found over at SB Nation's NCAA Football hub.

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