Top Things to Know – ETSU at North Dakota State… Things to Know brought to you by Citizens Bank

Published 4:07 pm Thursday, December 9, 2021

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JOHNSON CITY  – The Bucs live to fight on! The 7th-seeded Bucs are set for the challenge this weekend of taking on 2nd-seeded North Dakota State on Saturday inside the Fargodome.
Before Saturday is officially here, let’s review the Top Things to Know brought to you by Citizens Bank.
No. 1 – How we got here: The Bucs are coming off their fifth fourth-quarter comeback of the season and none bigger than Saturday. ETSU trailed by 14 with 1:28 remaining in the game and proved resilient yet again, scoring 15 points in a 53-second span to stun the Owls to walk away with a 32-31 triumph over Kennesaw State.
No. 2 – Watch Party: Fans that are unable to make the trip to Fargo can head down to Wild Wing Café in downtown Johnson City as the official Watch Party of ETSU Athletics.
No. 3 – Kickoff: Kickoff for Saturday’s FCS quarterfinal game against North Dakota State inside the Fargodome is scheduled for an official 12:03 p.m. (ET) start time.
No. 4 – Broadcast Information: The Buccaneer Sports Network (BSN) will provide ETSU fans with complete pregame, in-game and postgame coverage on the Bucs’ flagship station WXSM-AM 640 and affiliate station 104.9 FM NASH ICON.
The BSN begins its pregame programing one hour and 30 minutes prior to kickoff with the 30-minute-long Tennessee Lottery Tailgate Show, followed by the Randy Sanders Pregame Show serviced by Tommie’s Plumbing which will lead up to 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The Appalachian Orthopaedic Countdown to Kickoff will then lead into the final moments before kickoff.
The broadcast team of Jay Sandos and color analyst Robert Harper, along with studio hosts Mike Gallagher and Don Helman will provide ETSU fans all the information they need to complement their game-day activities.
At halftime, the crew will have the Zaxby’s Halftime Show, while fans can tune into the Mullican Flooring Post Game Show for a full wrap up, with game statistics, players and coach interviews, and other post-game information.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN with the team of Anish Shroff (play-by-play), Mike Golic, Jr. (analyst) and Taylor McGregor (sideline) providing the call.
No. 5 – Already in Place: On May 25, 2021, ETSU Athletics announced the exciting news of a home-and-home with North Dakota State. The series is set to begin with the Bison visiting Johnson City, Tenn. on Sept. 14, 2024. ETSU will return the trip on Sept. 5, 2026, opening the season in Fargo, N.D. What was set to be the first meeting will be a revenge tour for one team as the two squads will clash in the FCS Quarterfinals on Saturday for the first-ever meeting.
No. 6 – Walter Payton Recognition: It was announced on Tuesday that Quay Holmes was named one of the top three vote getters for the coveted Walter Payton Award, which recognizes the National Offensive Player of the Year at the FCS level. Holmes was joined by Eric Barriere (Eastern Washington) and Cole Kelley (Southeastern Louisiana) as the top three candidates, with the winner to be announced at the National Awards Banquet on Friday, Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas. Holmes is the lone candidate still competing in the FCS Playoffs.
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