DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis and North Dakota State have finalized an agreement to play a non-conference game inside the Fargodome on Sept. 21, 2019, as announced by both schools on Tuesday. This matchup, the first involving the Aggies and Bison since the 2007 season, will take place in Fargo, N.D.
UC Davis’ 2019 schedule now includes games against NDSU, winners of five consecutive national championships from 2011-15, and Cal. Including last week’s announcement of their 2018 road game at Stanford, the Aggies will face three elite programs throughout the next two seasons.
The Aggies have won four head-to-head meetings, including two of the last three in Fargo.
Tuesday’s announcement marks the continuation of a historically competitive series that began at Toomey Field in 1982. That year, UC Davis defeated North Dakota State, in the NCAA semifinals, by a 19-14 score. These teams crossed paths in the postseason, beginning with that Aggie victory, in four straight seasons before a 17-year hiatus took place.
The series resumed in 2002 when UC Davis, ranked No. 10 in the nation, hosted NDSU in a game that ended 35-7 in its favor. Starting with that result, the Aggies and Bison faced one another annually from 2002-07 and split the six games played.
These teams have also split the four games played on the Bison's home turf.
North Dakota State is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and has advanced to the semifinal round of the NCAA playoffs in each of the last six seasons.