UND football players say focus is on Drake, despite what lies ahead

To one side of the Drake game is UND’s first FBS game in three years at Utah State (48-24 Aggies win last Saturday). To the other side of the Drake game is a bye week, followed by North Dakota State’s first trip to Grand Forks since 2003.

Drake, which plays in the non-scholarship Pioneer League, lost 45-7 at Montana State last Saturday.

“Here at North Dakota, we take it week-by-week,” UND senior linebacker Ty Shannon said. “We don’t look at down the road. We look at the next opponent because anything can happen in college football … crazy upsets like Montana and Washington. You have to take it week-by-week.”

UND opened the 2019 season against Drake at the Alerus Center, winning 47-7 as Nate Ketteringham, Andrew Zimmerman and Noah Grover combined to throw for 295 yards.

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“I think coach does a good job (emphasizing) day-by-day and going on an opponent-by-opponent basis,” UND quarterback Tommy Schuster said. “Every game is important. I think it’s just an opportunity to get another win and build. Every week you learn about your

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