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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Former NDSU All-America and Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Phil Hansen headlines the 2005 Bison Athletic Hall of Fame class.

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: 10/05/2005

FARGO, N.D.–North Dakota State University will induct six new members into the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 22nd.

The newest members of the Hall are NDSU athletics contributor Dale Beling, men's track & field All-American John Bodine, football All-America defensive lineman Phil Hansen, men's basketball star Brady Lipp, women's basketball star Shelley (Oistad) Rice, and women's volleyball standout Amy (Quist) Raymond.

In addition, women's track & field All-American Lora Jean (Schloss) Bodin will go through the ceremony receive the 2004 honor. She missed the 2004 induction ceremonies due to the birth of her second child.

The Bison Athletic Hall of Champions will induct its first team with the 1965 national champion North Dakota State football team directed by legendary head coach and Bison Hall of Fame member Darrell Mudra. It was the first national championship for the NDSU athletic program.

The announcement was made by Hall of Fame committee chairman Lee Petersen.

The induction will take place at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. Lunch will begin at 11 a.m. with the induction ceremonies slated to start at 11:30 a.m. Television personality Dana Mogck will serve as the Master of Ceremonies with radio broadcast Voice-of-the-Bison Scott Miller conducting the inductions.

The group will also be recognized at the homecoming football game on October 22nd between NDSU and UC Davis.

Here is a look at the 34th annual class of the Bison Hall of Fame: (Football Gazette note: I have included only football related inductees. For synopsis on other players elected, please go to the NDSU website:

PHIL HANSEN, football defensive end, 1987-90—One of the all-time greats of NCAA Division II football who helped lead NDSU to a pair of national championships ... Inducted into the Division II Football Hall of Fame in December 2004 ... Recipient of 2001 NDSU Horizon Award ... Member of the North Dakota's Sports Hall of Fame ... Color commentator for NDSU football with WDAY-Radio and host of The Craig Bohl Football Show on WDAY-TV ... Anchor of a solid defensive unit at North Dakota State for three seasons and was a two-time first-team All-American pick ... Played on NDSU teams that compiled a 42-7-1 record including 14-0 seasons in 1988 and 1990 ... The Bison also won North Central Conference titles during those undefeated seasons ... Tied a school record for career quarterback sacks with 41 in regular season play and set a school mark with 32 career pass break-ups ... Started on NCAA Division II national championship teams in 1988 and 1990 and was twice named All-North Central Conference and Most Valuable Player in the league ... Played in three All-Star games following his college career including the East-West Shrine, the Blue-Gray, and the All-American Classic ... Top vote-getter on the defensive line on the NCAA Division II "Team of the Quarter Century" ... Named Small College Defensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Draft Report ... A second round draft pick by the Buffalo Bills, Hansen was a starter for the Bills beginning early in his rookie season ... Played on three Super Bowl teams with the Bills, was a member of the NFL All-Rookie team in 1991, and was first or second in sacks with the Bills for several seasons ... Played in 14 postseason games overall, including 11 starts ... His 11-year NFL career included playing in 156 games with 149 starts ... Made 870 total tackles with 597 solo and 273 assists ... Had 61.5 sacks for 343 yards in losses, 10 caused fumbles, one interception and 135 quarterback pressures ... His 61.5 sacks ranked second in Bills history behind Bruce Smith (171.0) and was tied for 55th on the NFL's all-time sack list ... Retired after the 2001 NFL season, playing his entire career with Buffalo ... One of just 17 players in team history to play in 11 or more seasons ... Two-time all-conference selection at Oakes (N.D.) High School, playing DL, LB, OL and RB ... Grew up on his family's 4,000-acre farm in Oakes ... Phil and his wife, Dianna, have two daughters, Hope (4) and Jillian (2), and live in Detroit Lakes, Minn. ... The couple is expecting their third child in November ... He runs a football camp for high school offensive and defensive lineman, officiates high school and college football and basketball, and operates a small business.

1965 NATIONAL CHAMPION FOOTBALL TEAM: A determined North Dakota State football team posted a convincing 20-7 Pecan Bowl victory over famed Grambling College to cap a perfect 11-0 season in 1965 and take firm hold of the No. 1 national rating in College Division football ... The Bison, one of the best defensive teams in the nation, allowed Grambling just 97 yards in total offense ... The Bison opened up scoring by marching the opening kickoff 80 yards with Ken Rota going the final five ... NDSU upped the margin to 13-0 in the second quarter with Jim Carlson passing 68 yards to Lowell Linderman for the score ... Grambling collected its only score on a 93-yard kickoff return to open the second half ... NDSU fullback Ron Mische plunged two yards in the final quarter to finish the scoring ... Rota gained 96 yards on 22 carries and was named the outstanding back ... Linderman was picked as the outstanding lineman ... Significance of moment: Small, unknown Midwestern university defeats established team with a great tradition and seven future National Football League players. North Dakota State had went 0-10 in 1963, 10-1 in 1964 and capped off an 11-0 season in 1965 with impressive victory ... The 1960s was the beginning of a glorious era in NDSU grid history, but it did not begin well with a 6-21-1 start (including 0-10 in 1963) ... Then came Darrell Mudra and Ron Erhardt and with them the beginning of seven straight league championships and a 32-game undefeated streak ... NDSU played in five bowl games, winning four ... The 1965, 1968, and 1969 teams went undefeated and won national championships ... The Associated Press accorded the Bison those honors all three years while the United Press International selected the Bison in 1965 and 1969 ... The Herd was second to San Diego State in 1967 in both wire service polls ... From 1965 through 1970, the Bison were in every AP or UPI poll ... The UPI discontinued its poll after 1970 but the NDSU team reappeared in the AP poll again in 1973 with a 14th position ... The AP poll also died out and was replaced the following year by the NCAA's national rankings. ... This is the 40-year anniversary of the 1965 NDSU football team, and a number of former players will be on campus Oct. 21-22 ... Coach Mudra, nicknamed "Dr. Victory", had a career record of 200-81-4 which was second only to Eddie Robinson of Grambling as the winningest Division I-AA coach at the time of his retirement ... He coached every level of the sport from peewee to high school, college and one professional team ... The team members and staff have moved on (however, athletic trainer Dr. Denis "Izzy" Isrow is still on campus), and have enjoyed successful professional careers in a variety of different occupations or fields.

The addition of the six new members will bring the number of individuals enshrined to 202.

Tickets are available from the NDSU Athletic Media Relations Office (701-231-7197) or can be purchased at the door for a cost of $15 per ticket, although advance reservations are requested.


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