Watch this JMU receiver make a HELMET CATCH in the FCS Championship

Audrey Hill
January 8, 2018

(Frisco) - North Dakota State edged James Madison, 17-13, to win the FCS football championship on Saturday. "Getting up at five in the morning, lifting weights 360 days a year, I mean they work hard and they should be patted on the back and recognized every time we see them", Mclaughlin said.

The win pulls North Dakota State into a tie with Georgia Southern - now a member of the FBS Sun Belt Conference - for the most FCS titles; however, the Eagles won their six in eight tries, while the Bison are a flawless 6-for-6.

The rematch goes to North Dakota State. "That's their thing. I promise you, they wanted this match-up". For James Madison, quarterback Bryan Schor completed 14 of 32 passes for 148 yards and two interceptions.

NDSU - Easton Stick was 13-for-22 with 130 yards and 1 touchdown. JMU running back Marcus Marshall rushed for 30 yards and a score. North Dakota State limited James Madison to 21 yards in the first quarter, and neither team conjured an offensive explosion until the Bison executed a near-flawless play-action pass with 4:14 left in the half.

Hopes of repeating as the FCS national champion were dashed but worse, perhaps, was knowing they failed to take advantage of the ample opportunities to achieve that impressive goal Saturday in north Texas. The victory also ended James Madison's 26-game win streak.

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The Dukes moved the ball to their own 47-yard line before the drive stalled and punter Harry O'Kelly took the field on 4-and-9.

"If you take the busiest day we've ever had, it doesn't compare to when the Bison are here", Verich said. I know this: our guys are excited to come back and play in the national championship. "They busted their tail".

It's not quite as cold as it was past 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.

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. "Nobody's done that before".

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