In epic FCS title game, Bison edge James Madison to regain throne

Posted January 08, 2018

The No. 2-seed Bison avenged last seasons' FCS playoffs loss to James Madison by upending the top-seeded Dukes 17-13 in the FCS championship game on Saturday.

19,090 witnessed a 26-game winning streak come to an end for James Madison, NDSU winning their sixth title in the past seven seasons and a defensive gem by the Bison.

NDSU has now won 14 national championships, breaking a tie for the most by any team across any NCAA division. They have combined for the last six national titles heading into their highly anticipated title game at Toyota Stadium.

North Dakota State got on the board first in the game with a 3-yard touchdown run from Anderson, followed by a 31-yard field goal by James Madison's Ethan Ratke to bring the score to 7-3.

Shepherd's big touchdown catch the gave the Bison a 14-3 lead with 4 minutes, 14 seconds remaining in the first half. "There's no doubt. And we're excited about it too".

On 4-and-16 from the 25-yard line, with defenders in pursuit and the game on the line, Dukes quarterback Bryan Schor heaved the ball into the end zone, but it fell harmlessly to the ground after it was tipped amidst a large gathering of players.

"We just watched the film and decided what we liked and didn't like ... and moved on", Klieman said.

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NDSU 17 JMU 3 - Pedersen makes a 32-yard field goal with 39 seconds left in the second quarter.

"Good time to get the first one", Stick said. "He just said "Coach, don't worry, there will be no time left on the clock". "We felt like we'd get that look from them".

As the two powers combined for only 505 yards of total offense, North Dakota State never trailed in holding a almost 15 1/2-minute possession advantage.

NDSU - Bruce Anderson had 18 carries for 63 yards and 1 touchdown. D'Angelo Amos' 33-yard punt return to the Bison 33 set up the drive and Marshall capped it with a 1-yard run.

The game is being held in Frisco, Texas for the eighth year in a row. "Field goals don't beat you and that's what we tried to do".

"He and I went back and forth on what to do with that four seconds", North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman, who has been in his current position for three of the national titles, said of his quarterback.