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Stick, Bison win 6th title

07 January, 2018, 05:08 | Author: Carla Brady
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Even still, James Madison (14-1) had a chance to win at the end.

"The next thing I know Tanguay is trying to stiff-arm somebody", said cornerback Marquise Bridges.

It's not quite as cold as it was previous year in Texas, as the temperatures were in the high 40's on Thursday, and it's expected to be in the mid-50's on Saturday for the FCS national championship game.

North Dakota State standout defensive tackle Nate Tanguay said his advice to his younger teammates during championship week is to "lock in" during practices and meetings but relax and enjoy the flurry of activities that includes meeting with former Bison football players and an annual bowling tournament.

"We needed to hit the home run", Bison head coach Chris Klieman said. DeLuca returned to NDSU after losing most of last season to an injury.

Shepherd finished with 74 yards on six catches to lead the Bison in receiving. Later in the quarter, redshirt senior defensive lineman Simeyon Robinson blazed through NDSU's offensive line to sack Stick and force a fumble.

NDSU 7 JMU 3 - Ethan Ratke drills a 31-yard field goal with 3:48 left in the first quarter.

Klieman says, "They got different players, just like we got different players". D'Angelo Amos' 33-yard punt return, his second big return of the day, set JMU up nicely at the Bison 33-yard line. Facing a 4th-and-9 at his own 47 with 3:06 to play and all three timeouts in his pocket, Dukes head coach Mike Houston appeared to elect to punt and trust his defense rather than go for it; instead, he chose neither, as punter Harry O'Kelly scampered down the left side for a 24-yard gain to the NDSU 29.

Quarterback Bryan Schor (33 total touchdowns) leads the Dukes' eighth-ranked scoring offense (35.9 points per game) that's gotten a major boost from running back Marcus Marshall and wide receiver Riley Stapleton this postseason.

"It was a really good team in 2015, and to me, it's probably a little more special this year just because of the relationships that I have with the senior class", Stick said. This year the tables are flipped, as James Madison is No. 1 and NDSU is No. 4.

"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". "There has been so much adversity that has made us so much stronger as a team". North Dakota State won the ground game, 134-93, and Stick completed 13-of-22 passes for 130 yards with a touchdown while Schor hit just 14-of-32 for 148 yards with two interceptions.

Schor ran 10 yards to the 19, which anything inside the 20 is commonly called the red zone.

Urzendowski contributed three grabs for 21 yards. The Bison were poised to put a potential dagger in JMU's hopes of a comeback, as they lined up for a field goal with 4:37 left in the contest. This isn't the first one of the season. You can't lack in plays. Several players from each team leaped for the ball, but the Dukes' receivers came up empty.



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