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Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

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

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

The Dukes are now riding a 26-game winning streak. "The experience of the national championship last year helped us come out and compete this year". That means you can watch a live stream via WatchESPN if you have a cable log-in, but if you don't have cable or can't get to a TV, you can watch the game online, on your phone or on another streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services.

Quarterback Easton Stick was named the games Most Valuable Player. The Bison's first drive notably showcased the return of junior running back Lance Dunn - arguably NDSU's most lethal offensive threat, who hadn't played since October 21.

Linebackers Chris Board, Nick DeLuca and Jabril Cox stand out among NDSU's defensive unit, combining for 24.5 sacks.

That setup a first down at the Bison 29-yard line for the Dukes, however the Bison defense would answer once again.

NDSU 7 JMU 3 - Ethan Ratke drills a 31-yard field goal with 3:48 left in the first quarter. "We felt like we'd get that look from them". For the second time in the half, a JMU miscue directly propagated a touchdown for the Bison.

Meanwhile, the Bison have run wild with a deep running back corps that's withstood injuries, led by 1,186-yard rusher Bruce Anderson.

JMU senior defensive end Andrew Ankrah says, "If you give him time in the pocket to throw dropback passes, he'll make you play". Madison was one of seven on third-down opportunities, had turned it over twice, dropped a few passes, committed a roughing-the-punter penalty that led to an NDSU touchdown, given up a 50-yard TD pass caught by a wide-open receiver, possessed the ball for about eight fewer minutes, and had missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt. "There has been so much adversity that has made us so much stronger as a team". "If somebody would've put a mic in front of me at the half I would've told them we were winning the ballgame".

NDSU 17 JMU 6 - Ratke makes a 21-yard field goal with 3 seconds left in the second quarter.

JMU - Bryan Schor was 14-for-32 with 148 yards and 2 interceptions.

"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. They had (only) 53 yards rushing in the first half.

- The North Dakota State Bison and their fans owned Frisco, Texas, for five consecutive championship seasons, not only on the football field but in area hotels, restaurants and sports bars.

Schor ran 10 yards to the 19, which anything inside the 20 is commonly called the red zone. "And they wanted to leave a legacy, and they left a legacy for the 2017 Bison".

JMU started the possession at their own 27-yard line, and Schor picked up a first down on a 17-yard run to start the team's season-defining drive.

Put it all together and you have an anticipated rematch between two dominant powerhouses who both player similar styles of smash-mouth football. Several players from each team leaped for the ball, but the Dukes' receivers came up empty.

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