You probably think this is a major upset, but that just means you haven't been paying attention. Knocking off FBS opponents is something that North Dakota State just does.
The Bison are the Alabama of the FCS level after all, winning consecutive FCS titles in 2011 and 2012.
After beating Kansas State 24-21 on Friday night North Dakota State's record against FBS opponents improved to 7-3 since the Bison moved up from Division II ten seasons ago. In fact, this is the fourth straight season North Dakota State has beaten an FBS opponent.
The Bison beat Kansas in 2010, Minnesota in 2011 and Colorado State in 2012. Add those to wins against Ball State in 2006 and both Central Michigan and Minnesota (again!) in 2007. You'd think at this point athletic directors looking for a paycheck game to get their team an easy win would stop answering North Dakota State's calls.
On Friday night the Bison knocked off Kansas State by essentially doing a better job of being Kansas State than Kansas State was. Some people will point to the loss of Collin Klein as a reason why Kansas State lost this game, the truth is the Wildcats offense played well.
Kansas State averaged 6.4 yards per play, though couldn't get much going in the run game, which is where Klein was truly missed.
But what the Bison did was keep the Kansas State offense off the field by holding on to the ball for 36 minutes and only turned it over once. This allowed the Bison to hang around in the second half before putting together an 18-play, 80 yard drive in the final minutes that ended in a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Brock Jensen.
So, at the end of the day, the question isn't how did North Dakota State pull off this upset, it's who are they going to do it to next?