Bison make it six titles, edging James Madison to regain FCS championship

Tricia Pearson
January 7, 2018

The Dukes are now riding a 26-game winning streak. I know he's so jacked for him.

It's not quite as cold as it was past year in Texas, as the temperatures were in the high 40's on Thursday, and it's expected to be in the mid-50's on Saturday for the FCS national championship game. It's championship football so every time you're in the game you've got to go.

"We've got a bunch of warriors and a bunch of winners in that locker room", Bison coach Chris Klieman said after the game.

DeLuca helped lead the Bison defense in a staunch effort, highlighted by the Millard North product's hit behind the line of scrimmage on a key third down play in the game's fourth quarter.

"Hey, take it all in, because this could be taken away in an instant", said Tanguay, who suffered a season-ending knee injury late in the 2016 campaign. One of his catches was crucial for 15 yards on the Bison's first scoring drive.

NDSU - Derrek Tuszka had 6 tackles and 2 sacks. "Offensive line protected really well".

At the time, the Bison were ranked No. 1 and James Madison was ranked No. 4. We've had a lot of former guys that have come back and talked to the guys about doing it for the guy next to you and doing it for the guys that have put the jersey on before you. "They created opportunities for all of us, but we just came up short". Those proved to be the game-winning points and the final touchdown the Bison could muster against a stingy JMU defense.

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Schor ran for 10 yards on the next play. NDSU took over at the JMU 41-yard line, and after advancing to the JMU 19-yard line on six plays, junior kicker Cam Pedersen knocked a 32-yard field goal in between the posts to extend NDSU's lead to 17-3.

"I love what players pass down to us, it's been like this for years", Dempsey said.

JMU closed the half going 68 yards in four plays that ended in a 21-yard field goal by Ethan Ratke. "There has been so much adversity that has made us so much stronger as a team". Schor threw for a loss of two yards on 2nd-and-9, he was harassed into a hurried incompletion on 3rd-and-11 and, after a false start, could not complete a blind Hail Mary heave on 4th-and-16 with 1:10 to play.

"I just felt like this team had what it took to beat that North Dakota State team", Houston said.

"The defense, we were trying to make something happen, get the ball back in our offense's hands, set the tone coming out in the second half", said JMU defensive lineman Simeyon Robinson, who had two sacks, forced a fumble, and blocked a field-goal attempt. "That's their thing. I promise you, they wanted this match-up". This isn't the first one of the season. "You don't see a big play because someone's out of position or they blew a coverage". To the shock of the crowd - and the NDSU defense - freshman punter Harry O'Kelly faked the punt and bursted to the left a for 24-yard run to an open field.

The Dukes entered the season as the No. 1 team in the land.

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