FARGO, N.D. -- Steve Walker threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Kole Heckendorf with 7 seconds left to cap a dramatic rally and lift fourth-ranked North Dakota State over 14th-ranked Sam Houston State 41-38 Saturday night.
The Bison went 54 yards in just 19 seconds for the winning score, after the Bearkats went ahead on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Rhett Bomar to Darnell Jones with 26 seconds left.
Walker tossed five touchdown passes for the Bison (2-0). He tied a school single-game record previously set by Tony Stauss in 2003.
The Bearkats (2-1) lost despite 495 yards of total offense, all but 34 from Bomar. The Sam Houston State quarterback threw four touchdown passes.
A 75-yard touchdown pass from Walker to Jerimiah Wurzbacher gave NDSU a 34-21 lead late in the third quarter. The Bearkats scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
Bomar, a transfer from Oklahoma, finished with 461 yards of total offense. He completed 36 of 61 passes for 358 yards. He ran 17 times for 103 yards.
Walker completed 18 of 26 passes for 295 yards.
The game was played before 18,961 fans at the Fargodome. It was NDSU's third straight sellout.