Fargo to Frisco is a thing again at North Dakota State.
The North Dakota State University Bison collected their 6th Division 1 FCS title.
The Bison got some redemption for their 27-17 semifinal-round loss to James Madison that spurred the CAA Football champ to last year's FCS title.
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.
While ending top-seeded James Madison's 26-game winning streak, North Dakota State (14-1) made it six championships in seven years, tying Georgia Southern for the most in FCS history.
AP PREVIEW: Former James Madison linebacker Gage Steele summed up the feeling of the Dukes' FCS championship last January. "That's everything that we work for and all those workouts, all that extra stuff we do in the offseason, it's for this moment and for this stage". The Dukes beat the Bison in 2016 in the semifinals en route to winning their first title since 2004.
Easton Stick is in his second season as the Bison' starter. They're 14-0 and have barely trailed this season. "That's what it boils down to".
Bruce Anderson ran for a game-high 63 yards and the first touchdown.
JMU - Marcus Marshall has 11 carries for 30 yards and 1 touchdown.
Defending national champion JMU will be taking on North Dakota State in the FCS Finals this weekend.
"We've worked that all week", James Madison coach Mike Houston said. Entering the championship game, Shepherd had 35 catches for 485 yards-no touchdowns.
Rather than punt, the Bison had Stick run off the last 4 seconds on fourth down. "Darrius was able to run underneath and get us in the end zone, and that was a huge play for us". Stick took a shotgun snap and faked a handoff right before lofting a pass to Shepherd, who was breaking toward the sideline.
These teams have the top defenses at the FCS level. And that most of the big plays were made by the defenses: seven sacks, including one that forced NDSU's only turnover on a fumble by Stick, along with five quarterback hits and plenty of other pressure. The first four games of 2018 are at home, starting with Cal Poly.