North Dakota State claims sixth FCS title in seven years

  • North Dakota State claims sixth FCS title in seven years

North Dakota State claims sixth FCS title in seven years

Stick, the game's Most Outstanding Player, stuck to his word, and the following celebration was a familiar sight for fans in Frisco: North Dakota State has won six of the last seven FCS national championships, making North Texas somewhat of a second home.

JMU - Bryan Schor was 14-for-32 with 148 yards and 2 interceptions. "It's a special community there. I know I'll have these guys the rest of my life". The Dukes beat the Bison in 2016 in the semifinals en route to winning their first title since 2004. NDSU took over at the JMU 47-yard line. NDSU broke the ice to take an early 7-0 lead.

"A lot of institutions can have a great team here or there, but those are two great programs", Bison fourth-year coach Chris Klieman said. D'Angelo Amos returned Koonce's punt for 37 yards - the second-longest return of his career - to put the Dukes at the NDSU 14-yard line.

NDSU 7 JMU 3 - Ethan Ratke drills a 31-yard field goal with 3:48 left in the first quarter.

"Those are big sacks, but it doesn't really matter at this point", Robinson said. "We felt like we'd get that look from them".

Eight plays later, running back Marcus Marshall scored from the 1 and it was 17-13.

A personal foul penalty on JMU on the play gave the Bison the ball at the 44. For the second time in the half, a JMU miscue directly propagated a touchdown for the Bison. Facing third-and-17, quarterback Easton Stick hit receiver Darrius Shepherd for a 50-yard scoring play, which gave NDSU a 14-3 lead with 4:14 remaining in the second quarter.

The Dukes' sloppiest half of the season only got worse as the clock neared halftime.

JMU - Kyre Hawkins had 10 tackles.

"We've worked that all week", James Madison coach Mike Houston said.

NDSU - Bruce Anderson had 18 carries for 63 yards and 1 touchdown.

James Madison, with all of the momentum on its side, advanced the ball to the 19-yard line with 1:53 left, but its only positive gain on the ensuing four plays earned one yard. Marshall then paraded through a stack off defenders to slip into the end zone and narrow the deficit to 17-13.

The rematch goes to North Dakota State. "We made too many mistakes". "That's what it came down to. the plays were there".

NDSU forced JMU into a turnover on downs after a Bryan Schor pass intended for Riley Stapleton was incomplete.

"Most important things to us was don't flinch", said NDSU cornerback Marquise Bridges on the fake punt.

After showing flashes of excellence in the third quarter, the Dukes' reverted to their sloppy style of play from the first half in the fourth quarter.

The Bison held it heading into the fourth quarter. It led to a 32-yard Pedersen field goal and it was 17-3.