Bison Media Blog: Cody Mauch’s first slide against Montana State is a national success – InForum

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FRISCO, Texas — There’s “The Pitch” that’s saturated in Bison football lore, quarterback Jeff Bentrim’s famous 1985 horizontal option flip. Cornerback Destin Talbert gave his best with a one-handed interception in the FCS semi-final against James Madison with a “Pick of Destiny”.

Now we can have “The Slide”.

The latest is more comedic in nature as North Dakota State left tackle Cody Mauch, after a first down from quarterback Cam Miller, slipped on the wet grass at Toyota Stadium and made his first call of signature. He came on NDSU’s first practice in the 38-10 title game win over Montana State.

“They just come to me as they go,” Mauch said, “and I guess that’s why they’re so cool, I guess.”

Mauch’s slide was picked up by ESPN and aired on its “SportsCenter” show Sunday morning. The NDSU football in its Twitter account went further showing multiple angles of it including a slow motion shot.

The mockery of running backs or receivers signaling the referee’s first down has become a fan favorite.

“That’s how it’s supposed to be played,” Bison head coach Matt Entz said. “If you’re not having fun, then why are you? It’s serious sometimes. There are a lot of standards, the expectations are incredibly high. But it’s good to smile and laugh and be a character sometimes.

The play was a third-and-8 scrimmage by Miller for 14 yards on NDSU’s first possession. NDSU finally scored on an eight-yard run from running back Hunter Luepke for a 7-0 lead they would not give up.

“I don’t know if you can do much better than that,” offensive tackle Cordell Volson said.

North Dakota State’s Cody Mauch celebrates with family and fans after the win over Montana State in the FCS title game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Saturday, January 8, 2022.

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