Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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GRAND FORKS — Sacramento State, a team that hadn't won a road game the past two seasons, came to the Alerus Center on Saturday, Oct. 21, and was forced to start a rookie quarterback without a single play of college football behind him. Even those circumstances, however, weren't enough to reverse the Univeristy of North Dakota's struggles. Hornets redshirt freshman quarterback Roman Ale threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns to spark Sacramento State to a 34-27 victory over the Fighting Hawks.
GRAND FORKS—Of all the bitter back-and-forth associated with the return of the North Dakota-Minnesota men's hockey rivalry, Minnesota junior goalie Eric Schierhorn almost pulled off the best punking Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Schierhorn nearly forced a couple of UND students to hang on to frozen gophers for an entire game for no reason. Rhett Gardner's third period goal with 6 minutes, 20 seconds left freed the gophers onto the ice, but Schierhorn had the last laugh as he stopped 34 shots to lead Minnesota to a 2-1 win in the series opener.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota football program went to Sacramento State last year and breezed to a 27-0 halftime lead. The Fighting Hawks came away with a 40-7 victory, ran for 422 yards and had three players rush for more than 100 yards. The gap between the two programs appeared massive. A little more than a year later, however, the two teams' seasons are trending in different directions. The Fighting Hawks, ravaged by injuries throughout the season, enter the rematch reeling, while the Hornets are one of the Big Sky Conference's surprises.
UND officials drummed up all the dressings of a real retirement announcement at the High Performance Center on Tuesday morning. UND first carted out the shiny trophies the school won during athletic director Brian Faison's tenure. UND President Mark Kennedy then gifted a personalized hockey jersey to Faison and they posed for a photo. "Brian Faison has convinced me that this is the right time for him to retire," Kennedy said.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota football team's starting quarterback for Saturday's matchup with Big Sky Conference opponent Sacramento State remains up in the air. UND coach Bubba Schweigert said Monday the coaching staff will continue to evaluate the health of starter Keaton Studsrud and the performance of Brad Heidlebaugh and Andrew Zimmerman. Studsrud, who has started games each of the past four seasons, was injured two weeks ago against Northern Colorado in a UND homecoming win. Studsrud finished the game, but became sore in the following days.
MISSOULA, Mont.—Montana linebacker Josh Buss noticed UND quarterback Keaton Studsrud in warmups at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. "I saw his knee wrapped," Buss said. "He wasn't throwing. He was hobbling around." It didn't take long for Buss to figure out what UND coaches were likely trying to keep under wraps as long as they could. Studsrud, though, eventually was added to the long list of injuries for the Fighting Hawks, who continued to struggle in a 41-17 loss to No. 24 Montana on Saturday.
MISSOULA, Mont.—In one of the prettiest settings in college football, the University of North Dakota football team played one of the ugliest games of the Bubba Schweigert Era. Playing without starting quarterback Keaton Studsrud, the Fighting Hawks' offense sputtered as No. 24 Montana rolled to a 41-17 win over UND on Saturday, Oct. 14, in front of 25,085 fans on homecoming at scenic Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
MISSOULA, Mont.—This won't be the first time this season the University of North Dakota football program has traveled west into the mountains to face a fast-paced offense in an unfriendly environment. UND opened the season at Utah against a Top 25 FBS program in front of more than 45,000 at scenic Rice-Eccles Stadium. The parallels can be drawn to today's 2 p.m. matchup with FCS No. 24 Montana for homecoming at 25,000-seat Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — University of North Dakota quarterback Keaton Studsrud has started games each of the past four seasons, but because of an injury two years ago, he's never played at Montana's Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Studsrud will make his Missoula debut in front of a potential 25,000 fans on Saturday, Oct. 14, and the Fighting Hawks' captain will enter the Big Sky Conference matchup coming off his best showing in four weeks.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Two University of North Dakota football players were charged Thursday, Oct. 5, with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. The charges for Andre Randolph and Demon Taylor are Class B felonies and carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.