GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Nate Ketteringham threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in his North Dakota debut and the Fighting Hawks opened the season with a 35-7 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Thursday night.
Ketteringham, who sat out last season after transferring from Sacramento State, threw for 225 yards, including a 40-yarder to Travis Toivonen to open the scoring. Ketteringham added a 2-yard TD run in the first quarter and a 9-yard scoring pass to Garett Maag for a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.
Ketteringham's 16-yard touchdown passes to Luke Fielder in the third made it 28-7. North Dakota had 518 yards offense.
The Fighting Hawks, who go to No. 6 Washington next week, are beginning a two-year independent status as they transition from the Big Sky to the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Christopher Fowler paced the Delta Devils with 22-of-39 passing for 263 yards and a touchdown.
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Now that conference play is here, James Franklin knows his team won't likely get away with the mistakes it's made in three wins up to this point.
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