FARGO — Former North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman saw a couple of personal winning streaks come to a halt last week. Now the head coach at Kansas State, the Wildcats’ loss to Oklahoma State was the first defeat for Klieman after a bye week as a head coach and it was his first loss since 2017.
Those streaks are still going strong at NDSU, however, heading into the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener at Illinois State. The Bison have won 25 straight, the third longest in FCS history, and have not been beaten after an open week since a 2005 home loss to California Davis.
That’s a streak of 30 straight games.
Entz said in the past NDSU has practiced on Saturday in a bye week, but opted not to this time because of recruiting. The Bison have 24 known verbal commitments for the 2020 recruiting class and the visits were more about continuing relationships with recruits.
‘The Bachelor’ was a tough player
Illinois State counts actress Cloris Leachman, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and film producer John Malkovich among its most famous alumni. In the last year, the school could make a case of putting Colton Underwood in that class.
The former Redbird tight end who got shot in the NFL was the feature attraction in “The Bachelor,” a TV show that appeared to be amusing to Illinois State head coach Brock Spack. He said his wife made him watch an episode.
“He fit the type of guys (NDSU) has there,” Spack said. “Tough. Hard worker. Good student. Good kid. Good person. Low maintenance. Really good player. And you just don’t see him as a pretty boy, know what I mean? But he was a pretty boy on that show. That’s his world now, he’s an entertainer.”