FARGO, N.D. -- Freshman Jalen Bussey sprinted 65 yards for a touchdown on his first collegiate carry and finished with 123 yards as FCS top-ranked North Dakota State rolled to its 31st consecutive victory, beating Western Illinois 57-21 on Saturday.
Bussey burst through the line early in the fourth quarter to give the Bison (10-0, 6-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference) a 47-14 lead and added the game's final touchdown on a 45-yard run with just under nine minutes left.
Trey Lance ran 23 yards for a touchdown and passed 88 yards to Josh Babicz and 51 to Christian Watson for TDs for NDSU, which has beaten the Leathernecks (1-9, 1-5) seven consecutive times. Dimitri Williams added two rushing touchdowns. Watson had 121 yards receiving.
NDSU led 27-0 at halftime and 40-7 heading in the final quarter as it rolled up 688 yards of offense.
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