N Dakota St takes back FCS title, tops James Madison 17-13

Rachel Hardy
January 8, 2018

Top-seeded and defending champion James Madison (14-0) and the No. 2-seeded Bison (13-1) will square off Saturday for the Football Championship Subdivision title in a matchup of the dominant FCS programs with well-traveled contingents.

This is the Bison sixth National Championship in the past seven years and the 14th overall.

They defeated James Madison University 17-13 in the title game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

NDSU has now won 14 national championships, breaking a tie for the most by any team across any NCAA division.

Under heavy pressure on fourth down, Dukes quarterback Bryan Schor heaved a high-arching pass to the North Dakota State goal line, but the ball was knocked to the ground.

James Madison scored its only touchdown early in the third quarter to cap an 8-play, 33-yard drive, but it consistently squandered similar field position in the first half. "There's no doubt. And we're excited about it too".

On the play, Shepherd lined up in the slot to quarterback Easton Stick's left.

In the bruising matchup of the two best defenses in the FCS, the Stick-to-Shepherd score was the biggest offensive play of the game.

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"We just watched the film and decided what we liked and didn't like ... and moved on", Klieman said. "You're going to have guys injured", Klieman said.

Schor had two interceptions, including one by Marquise Bridges in his first career start at the NDSU 3 late in the third quarter. "We felt like we'd get that look from them". As soon as the clock hit zero, he slid and waited to get mobbed by teammates, while the yellow-clad fans spilled onto the field for the trophy celebration on a stage behind one of the end zones.

JMU - Marcus Marshall has 11 carries for 30 yards and 1 touchdown.

Did you know?: North Dakota State also has eight DII titles.

NDSU - Bruce Anderson had 18 carries for 63 yards and 1 touchdown.

This year the teams seem evenly matched in all phases, including the presence of two veteran quarterbacks who have combined to win 62 games.

The Dukes went on to win last year's title - only their second all-time. "We take that on as a responsibility and it's something that we set as a goal every year".

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