Game Day Notebook: The week off Bison LB Kaczor said goodbye to being a single man
He got married.
Like a game day, he admitted to being nervous. Unlike on a game day, he was more emotional than he used to be on Fall Saturdays.
“I’m an emotional guy, I used to cry quite a bit during the day,” Kaczor said. “But it was great, better than I could have expected. No major incident; everything went well.
Kaczor and Gracie Wright’s marriage drew a large following of Bison players and coaches.
“I had the opportunity to attend the ceremony, to spend time with his mother and all of his siblings,” said Bison head coach Matt Entz. “It was a good day. You could tell by the smile on his face and the cracks in his voice that he was super excited. I told him to make it a quick honeymoon, we have things to do. Monday.
They got engaged last May. Not wanting to delay a wedding for too long, they went looking for dates. August is the fall camp for Bison players and this was immediately ruled out. In July, it was too early. They settled on the week off from the NDSU.
They met in a mixed dorm at NDSU, but got more serious thanks to the church and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“After knowing that she loved Jesus, I was ready to enter into a relationship with her,” James said.
Kaczor said he received a “special wedding gift” from head and fitness trainer Jim Kramer.
“He let me lift on Friday with the team,” he said.
Kaczor has missed the last two NDSU games with a groin injury. He should be in the lineup when the Bison play at the University of North Dakota. That was his response when asked earlier this week what he was going to do on his honeymoon.
“We’re going to the Alerus Center on Saturday,” he said.
The NDSU will travel by bus to Grand Forks on Saturday morning, a departure from the usual routine of traveling to an out-of-town game on Friday. Entz compared it to a road game in Western Illinois, where the Bison stayed in Bettendorf, Iowa, on Friday night.
It is a few more miles from Bettendorf to Macomb, Ill. Than from Fargo to Grand Forks. Additionally, country singer Eric Church is performing at the Alerus Center on Friday, a concert that should fill the facility.
“All of a sudden we’re going to be in a hotel that might have a number of interruptions,” Entz said.
The Bison and Fighting Hawks haven’t played at Grand Forks since Oct. 18, 2003, when UND won a 28-21 overtime win and both programs were NCAA Division II programs.
Saturday marks the first Division I clash between the two programs in Grand Forks. NDSU is 3-0 against the Fighting Hawks during the DI era with all of those games being played at the Fargodome.
“The state of North Dakota has been in Grand Forks for 18 years,” said UND head coach Bubba Schweigert. “We are delighted with this opportunity. That’s why we wanted to attend the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
UND attended the Big Sky Conference before joining the MVFC. The Alerus Center officially has 12,283 fans and the game is sold out.
“I would expect him to be quite energetic. We think it’s hard to play in those atmospheres and that helped us at home when you look at our home record, ”said Schweigert. “We’ve also worked with our team to be able to deal with that noise and communicate when it’s loud, but we want it electric.
Schweigert was the UND defensive coordinator for that 2003 game in Grand Forks.
“None of our guys have really experienced this game in Grand Forks and it’s been 18 years, so they weren’t very old the last time we had them here, but I remember that,” Schweigert said. . “I was part of it. It’s an electric atmosphere.
North Dakota State quarterback Quincy Patterson (2) has rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns in 22 attempts in three games this season. David Samson / The Forum
The Bison have enjoyed a dynamic rushing game in three games this season, averaging 348.3 rushing yards per game. They average 7.9 yards per carry.
NDSU running backs Dominic Gonnella, TaMerik Williams, Jalen Bussey and Hunter Luepke all average at least 8.2 yards per carry. Kobe Johnson is averaging 6.1 yards per attempt. Gonnella leads the team on the ground with 238 yards and two touchdowns on 29 attempts.
“You’re always going to have to stop the race against them. You have to be good on the inside, on the outside, they are really multiple in the type of racing games that you defend, ”said Schweigert. “They do a good job with different looks and challenge you on the court and performing different types of racing games. Not only do they do it with their running backs, but they add quarterback running play to their offense and that creates a lot of challenges.
The Bisons limited the courses designed by quarterback Quincy Patterson through three non-conference games. The 6-3, 246-pound Patterson racked up 114 yards and two touchdowns in 22 attempts.
“He’s very capable of making all the throws. He is capable of leading football, “Schweigert said.” We don’t have a large sample of his runs. … We’re going to have to defend the race and then you can’t let them have explosive games, which is a real challenge.
NDSU ran for 316 yards on 54 attempts in a 34-13 victory over UND last March at Gate City Bank Field in the Fargodome.
- UND is 8-1 against nationally ranked opponents at home for the past four years. The No.4 Weber State (Utah) was the only flaw, a 35-30 Wildcats win in 2018.
- Despite being laid off with the two teams that faced off after the 2003 season, the series is still tied for the eighth oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi dating back to 1894. They have played 113 times with UND holding a 62 -48- 3 lead.
- UND’s Isaiah Smith ran for 125 yards two weeks ago against Drake, the first time a fullback has run 100 or more yards in his first game since John Santiago in 2015. Fighting Hawks backer Otis Weah needs 62 yards to reach 1,000 for his career. .
- NDSU has won 34 straight games after a week off. The streak includes 19 home games, seven road games and eight national championship games.
- This week marked the 150th week in a row NDSU was ranked in the top 25 of the Stats Perform FCS poll, which dates back to 2010.