North Dakota State earns football, financial respect

Posted January 07, 2018

(Frisco) - North Dakota State edged James Madison, 17-13, to win the FCS football championship on Saturday.

The North Dakota State University Bison collected their 6th Division 1 FCS title.

North Dakota State led, 17-13, with 4:37 remaining in the game Saturday when James Madison defensive lineman Simeyan Robinson blocked a Cam Pederson field-goal attempt to give his offense possession on its own 27-yard line.

NDSU is the only college football program to ever win five consecutive NCAA national championships.

The Bison outgained James Madison 264-241 and held the Dukes to just 93 yards rushing.

Junior Bruce Anderson has been instrumental in helping Wilson along, "I've had more one on one time with Seth, you know kind of show him". JMU running back Marcus Marshall rushed for 30 yards and a score.

"I think that was the moment where people really started to notice who Riley was", Schor said of the 40-yard scoring catch against Weber.

"It's hard to put into words, but this culture is wonderful, the fans, the coaches, the's so special", said Bison wide receiver Darrius Shepherd, who had a 50-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.

Points were at a premium, but the Bison were able to muster 17 before halftime. I'm so proud of the guys. "We made too many mistakes".

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. It came on the first play of a JMU drive that began with 39 seconds left in the first half and the Dukes trailing by two touchdowns. D'Angelo Amos returned a punt 33 yards to the NDSU 33-yard line. Shepherd added his 50-yard touchdown catch that gave the Bison a 14-3 lead with 4:14 to play in the second quarter.

"I didn't truly understand what the kids were going to face at the championship site in the days leading up to the game", Houston said. The Bison defense knocked down pass to get the ball back on downs with 58 seconds to play. JMU was pounding on the door again following a 26-yard punt by backup punter Garret Wegner, who came in the second half after starter Jackson Koonce was presumably injured on a roughing call in the first quarter, a play that led to NDSU's first touchdown. "We're excited to get on the road and join the fun down there", said Schmitz.

NDSU 7 JMU 3 - Ethan Ratke drills a 31-yard field goal with 3:48 left in the first quarter. For James Madison, quarterback Bryan Schor completed 14 of 32 passes for 148 yards and two interceptions.

Eight plays later, Marshall found the end zone to cut the Bison lead to four points.

"Many times you see a dropoff over time, but [NDSU coach Chris Klieman] has done a great job keeping that program at that championship level, and that takes a lot", JMU coach Mike Houston said.