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Redshirt freshman quarterback Trey Lance ran for 166 yards, including a clutch 44-yard touchdown to start the fourth quarter, and North Dakota State held on to claim its eighth FCS national championship with a 28-20 win over James Madison on Saturday.
NDSU outscored the Vandals 41-26 in the second half. The Bison were committed to hoisting shots beyond the arc. They connected on 13 of 38 3-pointers. Idaho hit just 4 of 14.
Luguentz Dort overcame a hard foul and a leg injury, scored 21 points and led Arizona State to a long-awaited NCAA Tournament, 74-65 over St. John’s in the First Four. The 11th-seeded Sun Devils got their first tournament win in 10 years. They move on to play sixth-seeded Buffalo in the West Region on Friday.
The smell of burgers and fries wafted through the State Dining Room as President Donald Trump celebrated the championship football players from North Dakota State on Monday with fast food, like he did when he honored the national champion Clemson Tigers.
Eastern Washington, on the heels of its loss to North Dakota State on Saturday in the FCS Championship, finished second in both the American Football Coaches Association poll and the STATS media poll released on Monday.
Easton Stick had a hand in all five touchdowns that reigning champion North Dakota State scored on a sunny afternoon in Frisco, Texas. He ran three into the end zone and threw for two more. The Omaha, Nebraska, native finished with 121 yards on 18 carries and completed 13-of-19 passes for 198 yards.
Sam McPherson, who rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown in Eastern Washington’s 38-24 loss to North Dakota State in Saturday’s FCS title game, is fleet-footed, but not “elite fast” by his own admission.
As sure as your teenager brought the family car home with the gauge on “E” again, North Dakota State rules the clubby little realm of the Football Championship Subdivision, thanks to Saturday’s 38-24 victory over Eastern Washington. That’s seven times in eight years for America’s spoilsports.
With every yard-churning, clock-eating drive Saturday in Frisco, Texas, the Bison took away opportunities – and ultimately hope – from an erratic Eastern Washington offense working for a lead that wouldn’t come.
Eastern Washington nose tackle Jay-Tee Tiuli, the Big Sky Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, did not play in Saturday’s FCS national championship game against North Dakota State.
Seven times in the last eight years, various opponents have tried to stand in the way of the green and gold FCS machine known as North Dakota State.
The stars in Texas, big and bright as they say, aligned somewhat perfectly this weekend for one former Eastern Washington football player.
After dropping a 38-24 loss to now seven-time FCS Champion North Dakota State, the Eagles are doing their best to hang their heads high after a valiant effort
Eastern Washington wasn't just taking on FCS juggernaut North Dakota State in the title game, they were taking in a Bison-heavy atmosphere and crowd as the Eagles eventually fell to NDSU 38-24.
Nobody could have envisioned the stupefying way they won their 2010 national championship – unless, of course, they’d reviewed the tapes of all the other games Eastern Washington’s Eagles won that season. It was, in fact, the only way they could win it.
It’s not Fargo, but it might as well be.
Eastern Washington wasn’t expected to win a Big Sky Conference title – let alone reach the FCS national championship game – when its most recognizable figure, All-American quarterback Gage Gubrud, suffered a season-ending injury in late September.
Erik Meyer, the first in Eastern Washington’s string of All-American quarterbacks since 2005, nearly swallowed his whistle the first time he saw Eric Barriere operate.
The Eagles dominant offense has counted on both the pass and run to help get them to the FCS National Championship against North Dakota State on Saturday.
Eastern Washington has lived by the mantra "Leave No Doubt" all season, and plans to keep that mentality in the national title game against North Dakota State.