Going to touch more on this later in the week, but the Bison head into Indiana State with longest active road winning streak in the FCS with 10. It’s 11 straight away from Fargo if you count the 2015 FCS title game in Frisco, Texas. It’s the fourth-longest road streak in all of Division I trailing Oklahoma with 13 and Alabama and Clemson with 12 each.
NDSU has a ways to go to match the streak it accumulated from 2011-14 when it won 22 straight away from home. It went from the FCS quarterfinal loss at Eastern Washington that concluded the 2010 season until a November defeat at Northern Iowa in 2014. But since losing at Montana in the 2015 season opener, NDSU hasn’t lost since on the road. Counting the entire span, the record is rather impressive at 35-2 away from Gate City Bank Field since that Eastern Washington game.
“We’re on a business trip, we talk about that all the time,” said defensive line coach Nick Goeser, who’s been a part of the entire 35-2 streak.
There are two main factors that go into a streak like that. No. 1, obviously, you have to be good. But I think NDSU’s style of play also factors into it, where a physical, ball-control type of offense helps take a crowd out of the game. Look back to the 2013 Kansas State game, when the packed house at Bill Snyder Family Stadium had little effect on the outcome, especially the last drive that ate up most of the fourth quarter. Fans collectively can only yell for so long before tiring. That style of offense is also helpful with the turnover battle, which helps avoid those major momentum swings that home teams thrive on.
The ball control game swung the second half in NDSU’s favor last year at Iowa, also. There are many other minor elements that go into it, like an impressive road following of fans, but the fact is, the Bison are built to be a good road team.