Bison Win 6th Division 1 Football Title

by Steven Clarke January 7, 2018, 5:12
Bison Win 6th Division 1 Football Title

When North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick dropped back with four seconds remaining in Saturday's FCS National Championship Game in Frisco, he stared intently at the clock in a way that few players ever do in the middle of a football game while he sprinted backward. After a dominant defensive showing to halt NDSU's offense in its tracks, Amos drove for another impressive kick return - this time for 33 yards - before the Dukes' offense reminded the sold-out crowd of _ why they're ranked No. 1. It comes two years after he guided the Bison to the title game for an injured Carson Wentz, only to see the future National Football League quarterback replace him for the 2015 championship game. Following the upset, the Dukes dominated Youngstown State in the FCS National Championship on the same field where they'll play on Saturday. The Dukes beat the Bison in 2016 in the semifinals en route to winning their first title since 2004.

"I just know they're both competitors and they're both winners", NDSU head coach Chris Klieman said.

"So I'm showing him, like, you know, you've got to be more attentive to details, you've got to bring it every play". Carson sent both of us a text this morning. "Two times, not quite, but maybe down the line". Especially late in the season, that ranking came with a price. Stapleton, who will start opposite of an active John Miller (lower leg injury), has 16 catches and three touchdowns this postseason.

"There's no doubt. And we're excited about it too". They trailed infrequently while winning 26 consecutive games, 14 of them this season. "Having the opportunity to play each other - it feels right".

The only thing the Dukes got out of it was their only touchdown of the game, a one-yard touchdown run when they only had to go 33 yards to get it. The junior comes off a five-touchdown performance in the semifinals against Sam Houston State. NDSU finished with 264 yards.

"It's one team versus another team", says JMU offensive lineman, Aaron Stinnie. "It's a big class and a group that's meant a lot to our program". These are two best teams, and no one else deserves a spot in Frisco more.

The game can be seen at 11 a.m. Saturday on ESPN2.

The Bison may have failed to score any second-half points, but their defense made several key stops in thwarting the Dukes' comeback bid.

Andrew Ankrah (8.5 sacks) headlines JMU's stout defensive line while the deep secondary has caused havoc all year for opposing quarterbacks.

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

"What I love about my teammates this year is something that I've loved since I got to JMU", senior quarterback Bryan Schor said. "They don't think we are good enough to be here".

NDSU - Derrek Tuszka had 6 tackles and 2 sacks.

"When you turn on the film, you see guys flying around, guys making plays, and guys not making mistakes", Schor said about the NDSU defense. You can't lack in plays. That loss still lingers among many Bison players.

"Got the coverage that we wanted, and really was all on Darrius running away from that back-side safety", Stick said.

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