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Fun Facts: NDSU-Iowa, Blake Shelton and Nelly

"Fargo" beat "Field of Dreams" 2-0, you know

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North Dakota State has won five straight FCS football national-championships.

Iowa’s wrestling team won nine straight NCAA titles, between 1978 and 1986.

Kenyon College won 31 consecutive NCAA Division III men's swimming and diving championships, between 1980 and 2010.

There’s always someone who wants to one-up you. That said, on with the fun facts.

1. Iowa is 2-0 against North Dakota State, with a 39-0 win in 1946 and a 59-0 victory in 1947. The Bison followed that defeat in ‘47 with a 13-7 loss to Gustavus Adolphus.

2. The Hawkeyes have played North Dakota State two more times than their opponent next week, Big Ten brother Rutgers.

3. FCS, formerly I-AA, was formed in 1978. Iowa is 13-0 against FCS teams. The Big Ten is 172-12. But FCS’ Illinois State won at Northwestern last Saturday.

4. North Dakota State has only four starters from North Dakota. Three are offensive linemen.

5. Iowa has no players from North Dakota. But former Hawkeyes basketball coach Lute Olson was born in Mayville, N.D., and former Iowa basketball player Les Jepsen was from Bowbells, N.D.

6. Iowa has 35 first-quarter points through two games. NDSU hasn’t allowed a first-quarter point through two games.

7. This is the Hawkeyes’ first game against a No. 1-ranked team since they lost 38-17 at home to Ohio State in 2006.

8. NDSU kicker Cam Pedersen’s longest field goal this season is 52 yards. Iowa kicker Keith Duncan’s longest field goal is 22 yards.

9. North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz was the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL draft. No Big Ten quarterback has been a first-round draftee since Penn State’s Kerry Collins was fifth in 1995. The last Big Ten QB to go in the top two picks was Illinois’ Jeff George, the No. 1 pick in 1990.

10. The last Hawkeye quarterback to be drafted in the top two was Randy Duncan, the No. 1 pick in 1959. He was selected by the Green Bay Packers. But he signed with the Canadian League’s British Columbia Lions instead, getting $2,000 more in salary (two years for $35,000) than the Packers offered, plus a $2,500 bonus.

11. North Dakota State’s quarterback is Easton Stick, 10-0 as a starter. The most-famous Easton Stick, however, is in hockey.

12. The Bison have a senior starting offensive tackle named Zack Johnson and a redshirt freshman offensive tackle named Zack J. Johnson. The former is from Apple Valley, Minn, the latter from Blaine, Minn. The two towns are 37 miles apart.

13. Bison head coach Chris Klieman is from Waterloo, and was a player and assistant coach at Northern Iowa. His father, Bob Klieman, is in Upper Iowa University’s Athletics Hall of Fame and was the head football coach at Waterloo Columbus. Jim Sullivan, the terrific Waterloo Courier sportswriter who died last month, wrote this interesting story about the Kliemans.

14. “Fargo” and Iowa-located “Field of Dreams” were both nominated for Best Picture of the Year in the 1990s. Neither won. But “Fargo” got two Oscars, Frances McDormand for best actress and Joel and Ethan Coen for best writing. “Field of Dreams” got no Oscars.

15. “Cedar Rapids” was not nominated for an Academy Award.

16. Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, is the home of Iowa starting offensive tackle Cole Croston. It is almost exactly halfway from Iowa City to Fargo. It was named for Sergeant Charles Floyd, the only fatality on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

17. Hawkeye Township, N.D., has a population of 49 according to this site.

18. Blake Shelton will have performed at both teams’ home stadiums within a month of each other. He played at Kinnick Stadium on Aug. 27. He will play at the Fargodome on Sept. 24. The Bison don’t have a game next week.

19. Nelly is performing in Fargo on Oct. 6 and in Cedar Rapids on Oct. 8. Things aren’t going so well for the rapper these days.

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