North Dakota State found an offensive spark to pull away in the second half and defeat North Alabama 38-7.
The Bison were held in check by a stout North Alabama defense to just 192 rushing yards, but used a Jabril Cox pick six to salt the game away.
Easton Stick completed 10 of 17 passes, four of them to Dallas Freeman, who finished with 117 receiving yards.
True freshman quarterback Trey Lance saw his first action as a Bison, completing one pass and running in a 44 yard touchdown.
Jeff Kolpack, Mike McFeely, Eric Peterson and Dom Izzo recap the Bison win and look ahead to next week’s opponent in Delaware.