NDSU ends JMU 26-game winning streak for sixth FCS Championship

NDSU ends JMU 26-game winning streak for sixth FCS Championship

North Dakota State returned to its familiar throne atop the subdivision with a 17-13 victory over defending champion James Madison before 19,090 at Toyota Stadium on Saturday, but not before the Bison gave a nod of respect across the line of scrimmage to a Dukes program that had stopped their run of five straight national titles last season.

Stick, the game's Most Outstanding Player, stuck to his word, and the following celebration was a familiar sight for fans in Frisco: North Dakota State has won six of the last seven FCS national championships, making North Texas somewhat of a second home.

NDSU is the only college football program to ever win five consecutive NCAA national championships. They have six FCS titles and eight in Division II.

The Bison limited James Madison to 241 yards on 62 plays, allowing one touchdown. This isn't the first one of the season.

NDSU 17 JMU 13 - Marcus Marshall rushes for a 1-yard touchdown with 9:26 left in the third quarter.

One element organizers were particularly proud of are videos made with and for the Bison fans, with appreciation messages from several of the players and coach Chris Klieman. Bison quarterback Stick then hit receiver Darrius Shepherd for a 50-yard touchdown in the second quarter, followed up with a Cam Pedersen 32-yard field goal to make it 17-3 NDSU.

Points were at a premium, but the Bison were able to muster 17 before halftime.

"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. On first down from the Bison 15-yard line, Tanguay grabbed the short, wobbly throw and returned it to the NDSU 29.

- NDSU was held scoreless in the second half.

NDSU 17 JMU 6 - Ratke makes a 21-yard field goal with 3 seconds left in the second quarter. D'Angelo Amos' 33-yard punt return, his second big return of the day, set JMU up nicely at the Bison 33-yard line.

"It's a tremendous honor to be here representing James Madison University and the CAA", JMU head coach Mike Houston said.

"We compare him to (South Dakota State wide receiver) Jake Wieneke", Bridges said of Stapleton.

A personal foul penalty on JMU on the play gave the Bison the ball at the 44.

Still, James Madison looked like it had an opportunity to take the lead late after NDSU missed its own field goal with 4:37 remaining in the game.

"Great time to get a first", Klieman said.

Stick completed 13 of 22 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.

JMU senior quarterback Bryan Schor says, "This is the reason why we play football". He added 35 rushing yards on 14 carries. "You're going to have guys injured", Klieman said.

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.

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