GRAND FORKS - For the second consecutive week, Zeb Miller delivered for the University of North Dakota football team.
The Fighting Sioux kicker hit a 29-yard field goal as time expired, giving UND a come-from-behind 15-13 victory over the University of Sioux Falls.
"It's a win," Sioux coach Chris Mussman said. "We will take it."
UND announced that the players signed the ball and sent it to the family of Gene Murphy, the former Sioux quarterback and coach who passed away last weekend.
"We are sending the ball to the Murphy family," Mussman said. "It's going from one Sioux to another and that is special to think about it. I'm glad we found a way to win this game."
The 25th-ranked Sioux trailed the entire game, but they earned their sixth victory of the year, assuring UND of a winning season.
The Cougars are in transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.
The Sioux got the ball back with 5:49 left in the game, ran 14 plays and drove 51 yards to set up Miller's game-winning field goal.
Mitch Sutton ran the ball nine times on the drive, and Brent Gosksa completed a 26-yard pass to Tyhre Ivery a on third-and-24 play for a first down.
Miller hit a 54-yard field goal to give UND a victory at Northern Colorado last week.
"We've had two weeks in a row of finding a way to win," Mussman said.
Sioux Falls' Michael Hicks returned a punt 62 yards to set up the first score of the game. On the next play, Taylor Perkins threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Carrington Hanna.
The Sioux answered, as Greg Hardin had a big drive. The wide receiver caught a 22-yard pass from Goska on third-and-16. Then Goska hit Hardin with a 45-yard touchdown reception to tie the game at 7 with 4:47 left to play in the first quarter.
"We made plays when we needed to," Mussman said.
The second quarter was dominated by special teams. UND's Shea Walker blocked a field goal attempt, then the Sioux's Brett Cameron had a punt blocked and UND's Cordero Finley blocked another field goal attempt.
Sioux Falls didn't need to worry about a field goal attempt with less than a minute to go in the first half, as Perkins threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Oates. UND's Devin Benjamin blocked the extra point, but Sioux Falls still took a 13-7 lead with only 44 seconds to go in the second quarter.
The Sioux pulled closer on their first drive of the second half, as Miller kicked a 29-yard field goal to cut the Cougars lead to 13-10 with 10:32 to play in the third quarter.
UND crept even closer in the fourth quarter. Cameron hit a beautiful punt inside the Cougar 1-yard-line. Two plays later, the Sioux's Myles Jablonski tackled Jordan Taylor in the end zone for a safety, making it 13-12 Sioux Falls with 5:55 left in the game.
"Our defense played great, they deserve the win," Mussman said. "It was ugly, but we'll take it."
Bismarck High graduate Jake Miller ran 18 times for 27 yards for the Sioux.
USF 7 6 0 0 - 13
UND 7 0 3 5 - 15
USF-Carrington Hanna 20 pass from Taylor Perkins (Wieking kick), 8:58.
UND-Greg Hardin 45 pass from Brent Goska (Zeb Miller kick), 4:47.
USF-Jeremiah Oates 11 pass from Perkins (kick blocked), :44.
UND-FG Miller 29, 10:32.
UND-FG Miller 29, :00.
First downs 12 25
Rushes-yards 22-45 50-109
Passing 202 229
Comp-Att-Int 11-24-0 19-29-1
Return Yards 80 0
Punts-Avg. 4-37.3 6-43.8
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 7-66 4-58
Time of Possession 19:44 40:16
RUSHING-USF, Jordan Taylor 11-27, Josh Nakamoto 2-10, Perkins 9-8. UND, Mitch Sutton 11-41, Goska 17-29, Jake Miller 18-27, Jer Garman 3-8, Hardin 1-4.
PASSING-USF, Perkins 11-24-0-202. UND, Goska 19-29-1-229.
RECEIVING-USF, Oates 4-74, Hanna 4-56, Michael Hicks 2-54, Brock Madsen 1-18. UND, Hardin 6-96, Seth Nichols 4-41, Tyrhe Ivery 3-44, Blair Townsend 2-28, Seth Wisthoff 1-11, Chris Anderson 1-5, Ethan Magstadt 1-4, J.Miller 1-0.