Pittsburg State and North Dakota State played five memorable games in the 1990s, four of which occurred in the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Bison defeated the Gorillas 39-29 in the 1990 postseason in Fargo, N.D., the first meeting of the football powerhouses. North Dakota State dominated on the ground with 343 yards on 62 carries — only nine pass attempts the whole game — and Harlon Hill Trophy winning quarterback Chris Simdorn scored three touchdowns from 3, 4 and 1 yards. The Gorillas finished with 137 yards on 37 carries during a game with highly-proficient offense — two turnovers (both PSU interceptions) and two punts. Pitt State led 15-14 at halftime — three James Jenkins field goals (22, 24, 31) and Ronald Moore's go-ahead 80-yard kickoff return. Ronnie West caught a pair of second-half TD passes from Jay Padden, including a 72-yarder, but the Bison closed out the scoring with 14 points the final 5:22. North Dakota State went on to win the national title and Pitt State would claim its first national title since 1961 the next season. The next playoff clash came in the 1992 season and the second game was even better than the first, as the Gorillas won 38-37 in overtime en route to a national championship game appearance. Harlon Hill winner Moore ran for five touchdowns, including a 1-yarder in overtime. Moore scored three of his TDs on 1-yard runs. North Dakota State went for the win in overtime and the Gorillas stuffed the conversion run for their one-point win at Carnie Smith Stadium. If fans thought an overtime game was more than enough in 1992, the Gorillas-Bison playoff clash in 1994 delivered three extra periods at Carnie Smith. Pitt State and North Dakota State each scored a single TD in regulation via their quarterbacks' legs — Jeff Moreland a 3-yard run in the first quarter and Rob Hyland a game-tying 2-yard run in the fourth. Both teams missed potential game-winning extra points. After a scoreless first overtime and a matching six points in the second, North Dakota State struck first in the third overtime with a Hyland 1-yard TD run, good for a 18-12 Bison victory. In the 1995 playoffs, Pitt State won 9-7, the decisive points a fourth-quarter safety. Ed Fairchild scored the lone Gorilla TD on a 2-yard run in the first quarter. In their lone regular season meeting, the Bison hosted the Gorillas in the 1993 season opener (first game played on Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome) and came out victorious 35-16. North Dakota State ended with a 3-2 series edge. The Bison won five NCAA-II national titles (1983, 1985-86, 1988, 1990), two each under Earle Solomonson and Rocky Hager. Both the Bison and the Gorillas produced two Harlon Hill winners. North Dakota State quarterback Jeff Bentrim won the first Harlon Hill in 1986 and Chris Simdorn won in 1990. Pitt State had back-to-back winners — Ronnie West (1991) and Ronald Moore (1992). Looking back, Pitt State fared better against North Dakota State than big-time programs like Kansas State, Kansas and Minnesota have in recent years. Of course, the Bison reign as the two-time defending FCS national champions, both wins over Sam Houston State, coached by former Pitt State defensive back Willie Fritz. However, just take a look at the results FBS schools have against North Dakota State. For example, against Minnesota, the Golden Gophers won 10-9 in 2006 but the last two meetings resulted in North Dakota State victories — 27-21 (2007) and 37-24 (2011). Kansas opened the season against North Dakota State in 2010 and exited 0-1 on a 6-3 loss. The Bison defeated Colorado State 22-7 last season and opened this season with a 24-21 win over Kansas State on the day the school brought in the high rollers for the unveiling of a statue honoring head coach Bill Snyder. K-State's fellow Big 12 school Iowa State may want to change its tentatively-scheduled Aug. 30 date next season with the Bison. The Cyclones handed North Dakota State a 34-17 season-opening loss in 2009 but that was a subpar 3-8 Bison squad, not the traditional juggernaut. The Bison own a 7-3 mark against FBS teams since 2006 — wins over Ball State (2006) and Central Michigan (2007), as well as a loss to Wyoming (2008), in addition to the games mentioned above. Pitt State will host its first-ever FCS opponent Oct. 5 — former NCAA-II member Abilene Christian. The Gorillas own a 2-1 mark against FCS opponents (1978-2012) — 34-13 win over Arkansas State (1989), 41-31 loss to Eastern Illinois (1996) and 9-8 win over Missouri State (1997). The message is clear: bigger schools should be leery of playing teams like North Dakota State and Pitt State.