Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

North Dakota State wins eighth FCS title

North Dakota State wins eighth FCS title

North Dakota State is playing for its eighth Football Championship Subdivision title in the last nine seasons and is facing James Madison, the team that won the title three years ago after beating the Bison in the semifinals.

The Bison have now won 37 games in a row after ending their flawless (16-0) campaign in 2019-2020.

Riley Stapleton lead James Madison with 10 receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

North Dakota's quarterback, Trey Lance, only went 72 meters, but ran 166 meters and won.

Lance's 44-yard score came on a third-and-23 play to open the fourth quarter and put the Bison up 28-13. The 16-win season has been a premiere for college football in every division since Yale won 16 games in 1894.

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Solid defense in the final minutes of the game gave NDSU the 28-20 win as they intercepted the Dukes at the goal line to end what could have been a game-tying drive for James Madison. The Bison pulled away in the second quarter. "Honestly, they called us well".

"It was a play we were familiar with", Hendricks told reporters.

James Madison struck first, going ahead 7-0 midway through the first quarter after an opening drive that spanned 17 plays and 86 yards. Receiver Phoenix Sproles swept around and faked a reverse handoff before running 38 yards for a touchdown, and Hendricks lined up for an apparent field goal wen he took the snap, then got up and ran to the end zone. The state of North Dakota responded with a touchdown of 12 games and 81 yards. Stapleton's 5-yard TD catch gave them their only lead before NDSU also scored on its first possession.

James Madison opens the 2020 season at home September 5 in a CAA game against DE with holes to fill. The Bison have wins over Kansas State, Iowa State and No. 13 Iowa since 2013. His main focus is college football in the western half of the United States- the Big Sky Conference and Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS.

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