By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
North Dakota State is having an historic decade. During this decade, you were able to book the Bison in for the FCS Championship each year.
The Bison defeated the James Madison Dukes, 28-20, on Saturday afternoon at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
This is North Dakota State’s eighth national championship in the last nine years. They are a perfect 8-0 when appearing in the National Championship game.
The lone season since 2011 that they have not appeared in the National Championship was the 2016 season. That season, the Dukes eliminated the Bison in the semifinals at the Fargo Dome in Fargo, North Dakota.
In addition, this is the fourth different quarterback to win a National Championship during this time. Plus, it’s the third different head coach to win a National Championship, as well.
The Bison finished the season with a perfect 16-0 season. The Dukes concluded their season with a 14-2 mark.
Bison quarterback Trey Lance went 6 of 10 for 72 yards.
Lance had 30 carries for 166 yards and a touchdown. Noah Gindorff had a 22-yard reception.
Dukes quarterback Ben DiNucci went 22 of 33 for 204 yards. He also threw two touchdown passes and one interception.
Percy Agyei-Obese had 18 carries for 73 yards. Riley Stapleton had 10 receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
James Madison outscored North Dakota State, 10-7, in the second half. DiNucci hit Stapleton for a five-yard touchdown reception. Ethan Ratke also made a 27-yard field goal.
Bison’s Lance scored on a 44-yard rushing touchdown.
The Bison led 21-10 at halftime. Adam Cofield scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown. Phoenix Sproles had a 38-yard rushing touchdown.
James Hendricks also scored on a 20-yard rushing touchdown.
Dukes’ DiNucci hit Stapleton for a five-yard touchdown reception. Ratke also scored on a 26-yard field goal.
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