By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In this story, we’ll look back on the 2018. North Dakota State Bison football season. The Bison had a perfect 15-0 record.
North Dakota State won the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision on Jan. 5, 2019. They defeated the Eastern Washington Eagles, 38-24, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
This was the Bison’s seven FCS Championship since 2011. They have never lost in the season finale.
In addition, with the win, North Dakota State surpassed Georgia Southern with championship wins. The Eagles have six championships.
They were the fifth team to end the season undefeated as the National Champs. The Bison also accomplished this feat in 2013.
Their offense averaged 41.5 points per game. Easton Stick went 175 of 281 for 2,752 yards in 15 starts. He also had 28 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.
Holden Hotchkiss also went 4 of 8 for 19 yards. Trey Lance also went 1 of 1 for 12 yards.
Bruce Anderson had 124 carries for 924 yards and nine touchdowns. Lance Dunn also had 160 carries for 880 yards and 12 touchdowns. Ty Brooks had 104 carries for 737 yards and five touchdowns.
Stick also had 117 carries for 677 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. Adam Cofield also had a significant contribution, as he had 82 carries for 563 yards and six touchdowns.
Darrius Shepherd had 62 receptions for 1,065 yards and nine touchdowns. Dallas Freeman also had 23 receptions for 389 yards and a touchdown. Nate Jenson also had 17 receptions for 287 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bison defense allowed 12.6 points per contest. Jabril Cox led the team with 91 tackles. He also had 9.5 tackles for a loss and 4.0 sacks.
Cox also had seven quarterback hurries and seven pass deflections.
Greg Menard led the team with 12.5 tackles for a loss. He was one of two players, who had double-digit tackles for a loss, as Derrek Tuszka also had 12.0 tackles for a loss.
Menard also led the team with 9.5 sacks. Tuszka and Cole Karcz were behind Menard with 7.5 sacks each.
Robbie Grimsley led the team with six interceptions. James Hendricks was second with five interceptions.
Stanley Jones led the team with three forced fumbles. The team had 10 forced fumbles.
The Bison also had seven fumble recoveries. Seven different players had a fumble recovery.
Hendricks led the team with 14 pass deflections. Jalen Allison and Grimsley had 12 pass deflections each.
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