After extending the NDSU win streak to 25 straight games, Chris Klieman gave the post game speech of the weekend

Chris Klieman went into the NDSU season opener in charge of the of the most dominant FCS programs in college football history. He knew taking over for Craig Bohl (who left NDSU for Wyoming) would be no easy task, and Iowa State made sure things got off to a rocky start at first.

The Cyclones went up 14-0 before NDSU stormed back and got back to playing their signature brand of football en route to a 35-14 blowout. The win extended their win streak against FBS programs to five straight.

After the game, an emotional Klieman started his post game speech with a thank you to the players.

"I cannot thank you guys enough for the support that you've shown me and my family, and all of these new coaches that I brought here. It would have been easy to say 'Boy, it's not the same old, same old,' but you didn't."

"Remember what I told you on my first day; coaches may change, but you players don't. You know what guys? You've all bought into everything we're teaching. You bought in to the new voices."

"And you know what guys? It was the same Bison football team."

Take a look at the highlights of their 25th straight win, and catch Klieman's speech below.

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It's time to look at the worst box score of the week

Unless you were one of the announced 40,000 people at Heinz Field or tuned into the ESPN3 stream on Saturday afternoon, you probably didn't see much of the Pittsburgh-Delaware game yesterday. And for that, you should be down on your knees thanking your divine maker.

The Panthers fried the Blue Hens, 62-0. The win was Pitt's biggest since 1977, and largest season-opening margin since 1913, and the loss was Delaware's worst in 93 years. The stats were worse than that.

Paul Chryst's team outgained Delaware, 501-57. That's a yards per play difference of 5.918 yards. Every snap. The Panthers' 62 points tied for the third-most points of any club on Saturday, while also registered one of the six shutouts thus far of Week 1. Pittsburgh achieved 28 first downs, to Delaware's five. Pittsburgh converted seven of nine third down attempts, Delaware converted one of 11.

Let's look at the passing stats:

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When accounting for interception return yards, Delaware's passing game achieved a grand total of 1 yard in 16 attempts. That's 2.25 inches per attempt. It's longest completion of the afternoon was for seven yards.

But that's okay, because:

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You'll notice that Delaware had greater success on the ground, notching a long run of eight yards. Meanwhile, 26 of Pittsburgh's 70 snaps (37 percent) went for eight yards or more.

Shall we look at the drive chart? Let's look at the drive chart.

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Delaware had one possession of its first 11 last more than three plays, and it ended six yards behind where it started.

"It was good to get a win," Chryst said after the game.

Yes, coach, it was.

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