POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - Dayo Idowu forced a fumble and Ben Peters recovered it in the end zone for the deciding touchdown as North Dakota turned back Idaho State 28-25 on Saturday.
Peters' recovery came with 5:53 left in the fourth quarter after Idaho State had closed within 21-17 five minutes earlier. It gave North Dakota (2-3, 1-1 Big Sky) a 28-17 edge.
Idaho State (2-3, 0-2 Big Sky) scored on a 20-yard Justin Arias to Luke Austin pass with 2:07 left in the game. Arias then passed to Cam Richmond for the 2-point conversion. Kenny Golladay's first-down catch at midfield enabled North Dakota to run out the clock.
Greg Hardin led North Dakota with 8 catches for 126 yards and scored on a 99-yard kickoff return in the third quarter.
"When we kicked the ball off to 84 (Hardin), that was something we were not going to do," said ISU coach Mike Kramer. "We are not understanding at every single position what the mission has to be on every single play.
Joe Mollberg threw for 234 yards for North Dakota and Jake Miller added 67 on the ground and one touchdown.