Saturday, January 4, 2014

NDSU Bison Win Third Straight FCS Title

FRISCO, Texas – The stage on the north side of Toyota Stadium has become home for North Dakota State. For the third straight year, that is where the Bison finished the afternoon with a trophy in their hands.

The top-ranked Bison scored 28 unanswered points to power to a historic 35-7 victory against Towson University for a third consecutive Division I FCS national championship at Toyota Stadium before an announced attendance of 19,802. An estimated 17,000 were Bison fans.

“We’ve got a special group of guys, a special group of men,” said Bison senior defensive tackle Ryan Drevlow, who is from Gwinner, N.D.

“You don’t do the things that we’ve done the past few years without sacrifice,” added Bison senior quarterback Brock Jensen, who was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. “It’s a team effort.”

The numbers are impressive.

NDSU (15-0) capped a perfect season, becoming only the third FCS team to go undefeated en route to a national title. The Bison are just the second FCS team to three-peat, and also tied the division’s record with 24 consecutive wins. The 15 wins in a season are a school record.

NDSU has a 43-2 record over the past three seasons, including three wins over Division I FBS teams.

“I think we stamped our mark in history,” said Bison junior safety Colten Heagle. “Our goals this year were very simple. We were going to go undefeated and win it all again and win three in row.”

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