Back on top: NDSU defeats JMU 17-13 in FCS championship game

Jan 07, 2018, 04:37
Back on top: NDSU defeats JMU 17-13 in FCS championship game

Defending champion and No. 1 seed James Madison (14-0) rolls into Frisco for the second-straight year on a 26-game winning streak, which is best among all three divisions of football.

Houston, who last month signed a 10-year contract extension with James Madison, unabashedly said on the way to the top that he was building his team to beat the Bison, and that's what the Dukes did last year in the FCS semifinals. "It's the best thing I've been a part of".

- Darrius Shepherd's touchdown catch in the second quarter was his first touchdown catch of the year.

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James Madison comes up short in quest for back-to-back FCS Championships, falling to NDSU 17-13

"Most important things to us was don't flinch", said NDSU cornerback Marquise Bridges on the fake punt. The teams traded field goals in the final minute of the first half and the Bison took a 17-6 lead into halftime. JMU running back Marcus Marshall rushed for 30 yards and a score.

"I've seen a lot of guys go down, you know, that's how I got here that's how I'm playing", Wilson said Thursday after practice.

James Madison, with all of the momentum on its side, advanced the ball to the 19-yard line with 1:53 left, but its only positive gain on the ensuing four plays earned one yard.

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"Just the feeling we had going into the half". They took advantage of a short field on their first drive of the third quarter.

"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.

"I thought our defense did a good job to responding to adversity all season long", said Bison senior linebacker Nick DeLuca. But Schor's receivers then dropped three straight catchable balls, and the Dukes settled for a field goal.

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That setup a first down at the Bison 29-yard line for the Dukes, however the Bison defense would answer once again. It marked the first time the Dukes trailed by double digits this season.

"We just watched the film and decided what we liked and didn't like ... and moved on", Klieman said. He led the Bison in rushing with 194 yards against Sam Houston State in the FCS Semifinals. James Madison made seven trips deep into NDSU territory, but came away with three field goal attempts (only two of which were made), two interceptions, a touchdown and a turnover on downs.

So when Stick completed his kneel after a 27-yard loss and he knew the clock had drained, he threw the ball high in the air as hundreds of Bison fans stormed the field after a 17-13 victory. Late in the first quarter, for example, punt returner D'Angelo Amos returned a kick 37 yards to the North Dakota State 14-yard line. To add insult to injury, a fight broke out after the play and JMU was taxed with a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. "You would think it's going to be a defensive battle, a little bit, but both teams, offensively, have some explosive players". Schor finished 14 of 32 passing for 148 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

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"We're looking to take our title back", NDSU safety Tre Dempsey said. "He and I have a great relationship, and I respect him greatly".

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