UND FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Schweigert addresses UND players' drug charges
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota football team has faced plenty of obstacles this season, including a string of damaging injuries and the reality of a season failing to meet preseason expectations.
Earlier this week, the Fighting Hawks faced another challenge. UND's Demon Taylor and Andre Randolph were arrested and charged with selling drugs.
After UND's 48-38 homecoming win Saturday, Oct. 7, over Northern Colorado, Fighting Hawks coach Bubba Schweigert addressed the situation.
"There's no question (it was a distraction)," Schweigert said. "Very disappointed in some decisions some of our guys made. We really talk to our guys about championship behaviors and what type of program we want to build. That obviously isn't part of it.
"I thought our guys today handled it as well as they could. I thought our coaches handled it as well as they could. We move forward, but we're going to be a program of guys who make good decisions and represent us well on the field, in the community and in our region. That's what we're going to do."
Taylor and Randolph were not at the Alerus Center on Saturday.
Reyes, Disterhaupt sit out
Two key UND defenders, listed as questionable this week on the team's injury report, didn't dress against Northern Colorado.
Safety Cole Reyes, the Big Sky Conference's preseason defensive player of the year, sat out for the second consecutive week. UND leading tackler Jake Disterhaupt missed his first game of the year.
"We found out more information last night that wasn't good and concerning," Schweigert said of Reyes. "We have a lot of discussions coming up Sunday and Monday. We'll see where that goes."
UND wide receiver Noah Wanzek and defensive end Mason Bennett returned to the lineup after missing last week's game, while injured cornerback Evan Holm dressed but didn't play against the Bears.
UND was 3-for-3 on fourth down against the Bears.
The first fourth down conversion came on UND's first scoring drive. Quarterback Keaton Studsrud went up the middle for a 41-yard score.
"We had to do it," Studsrud said of going for it on fourth down. "Our backs are against the wall in the conference and with our record. Our guys fought and made big plays on fourth down. That was huge."
Studsrud's touchdown run wasn't the play call.
"Our running back lined up on the wrong side," Studsrud said. "I waited for a gap to open up and made something out of it."
• UND center Patric Rooney received a personal foul and was kicked out of the game in the fourth quarter after a Reid Taubenheim 19-yard field goal.
• UND inside linebacker Cam Hunt, a redshirt freshman, made his college debut against UNC. He recovered a fumble in mid-air when safety Chuck Flowers knocked the ball out of UNC quarterback Jacob Knipp's hands in the first half.
• UND outside linebacker Jade Lawrence put pressure on UNC's quarterbacks most of the game. The Moorhead, Minn., native had 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. On UNC's final play in the fourth quarter, Lawrence hit quarterback Conor Regan helping Chuck Flowers land the interception of the affected throw.
• UND's A.J. Stockwell played left guard. The senior has been a tackle most of his career.
• UND has won five straight over Northern Colorado.
• UND's 48 points were a season-high and the most scored by the Fighting Hawks in a homecoming game at the Alerus Center.