Bison Advance to FCS Title Game in Thrilling Fashion

NDSU wins 20-14 over James Madison

FARGO, ND –

North Dakota State forced James Madison to a three and came out to set the tone for a dominant first half. After Hunter Luepke received a touchdown, two field goals and a close in the first 30 minutes of play, Bison went halfway with a 13-0 lead.

Luepke pioneered the Bison attack by earning more than half the team’s yards. The All-American running back ran 19 times for 114 yards and added another 89 yards on reception with two touchdowns received. The second touchdown hold stopped Bison forever. Luepke’s 203 yards represented nearly 60 percent of Bison’s 339 total yards.

The Dukes came out hot in the third quarter but took a 14-13 lead in the final frame as All-American Cole Johnson landed both of his touchdowns and brought back the pressure on Bison heading into the frame. the final.

Bison responded by returning to the field and scoring on Luepke’s second touchdown of the night. Play was nearly sealed when Destin Talbert intercepted Johnson in the end zone with just 3:01 left on the clock. The Dukes had a chance with less than a minute to go but with no timeout and yet another strong effort from Code Green. Bison punched their ticket to Frisco for the ninth time in 11 years.

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