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Bison Game Day Preview

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No. 2-seeded and No. 4-ranked North Dakota State (10-1, 7-1 Valley Football) is scheduled to host No. 17/19-ranked James Madison University (8-4, 5-3 Colonial Athletic Association) in a NCAA Division I FCS second round playoff game at 3:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Fargodome (18,700 / Artificial Turf) ...

The Bison are 11-2 over the past two seasons in the Fargodome ... The Dukes are 4-3 on the road and 3-3 against nationally-ranked opponents in 2011 ... James Madison defeated Eastern Kentucky 20-17 on a last second 35-yard field goal by Cameron Starke on the road Nov. 26 in the NCAA FCS opening round ... For ticket information, call 1-888-231-678 or visit GoBison.com.

POSTSEASON HISTORY: North Dakota State is making its 25th postseason appearance including 17 in the NCAA Division II playoffs ... NDSU advanced to the 2010 NCAA FCS quarterfinals before falling 38-31 in overtime at eventual national champion Eastern Washington ... North Dakota State defeated Robert Morris 43-17 in the opening round, the program's first-ever NCAA playoff game in the Fargodome ... NDSU defeated Montana State 42-17 in the second round at Bozeman ... The Bison are 37-14 overall in the postseason including a 2-1 record in the NCAA FCS playoffs and 31-12 record in NCAA Division II ... North Dakota State has won eight national championships (1965, 1968, 1969, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1990) and were national runner-up three times (1967, 1981 and 1984) ... The Bison also were third place five times (1970, 1976, 1977, 1982, 2000) ... Championships & placings prior to 1973 were determined by AP or UPI polls ... Championship & runner-up finishes after that were through the NCAA playoff format ... Third-place finishes after 1973 were the result of semifinal losses in the playoff system.

AT HOME: North Dakota State has compiled a 235-36-3 record at home since 1964 ... The Bison are 90-22-0 in the Fargodome since moving from Dacotah Field in 1993 ... NDSU is 5-1 this season at home and are 41-11 since head coach Craig Bohl took over in 2003.

North Dakota State was 5-0 on the road this season ... The Bison have won 10 of their last 14 road games ... NDSU was 3-4 on the road in 2010 ... The Bison are 30-20 on the road since head coach Craig Bohl took over 2003 ... NDSU is 9-7 in MVFC road games.

SERIES RECORD: This is the first meeting between North Dakota State and James Madison University ... The Bison are 1-0 against current members of the Colonial Athletic Association ... NDSU defeated Towson 24-17 in the 1983 NCAA Division II quarterfinals at Dacotah Field.

BISON PLACE DOZEN ON VALLEY FOOTBALL TEAM: Co-champion North Dakota State University placed four players -- defensive end Coulter Boyer, offensive tackle Paul Cornick, cornerback Marcus Williams and linebacker Chad Willson -- on the 2011 all-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team and 12 players were honored overall in a vote of league coaches, media and sports information directors announced Nov. 28 ... Named to the Valley Football second team were tight end Matt Veldman, offensive lineman Austin Richard, strong safety Colten Heagle, wide receiver/return specialist Ryan Smith and kicker Ryan Jastram ... Wide receiver Warren Holloway, quarterback Brock Jensen and punter Matt Voigtlander were honorable mention ... Head coach Craig Bohl is the league's Bruce Craddock Coach of the Year ... A finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, he led the Bison to a conference co-championship, 10-1 overall record, and a No. 2 overall seed in this year's NCAA Division I Football Championship.

BISON IN THE POLLS: North Dakota State has been ranked in the top five for 28 weeks in program history including 10 weeks at No. 1 (Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 2011 / Sept. 1-8, 2008 / Oct. 8-15-22-29, Nov. 5-12, 2007) ... North Dakota State was ranked No. 4 in the final regular season FCS Coaches Poll and The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 polls released Nov. 21 ... NDSU was No. 3 in the 2011 Gridiron Power Index released Nov. 22 ... The final rankings come out Jan. 8, 2012.

RADIO BROADCASTS: KFGO-AM 790, Fargo ... Veteran sports announcer Scott Miller will handle the play-by-play ... Former NDSU All-American and 11-year NFL great Phil Hansen will handle the color duties, while NDSU director of athletic broadcasting Jeremy Jorgenson is on the sidelines ... Air time is set for 2:30 p.m., kickoff at 3:05 p.m. on Dec. 3 ... Anchored by flagship, The Mighty 790, KFGO-AM, the Bison Radio Network has 11 stations including ESPN AM 710 (Bismarck/Day), KFYR AM 550 (Bismarck/Night), KPOK AM 1340 (Bowman), KRCQ FM 102.3 (Detroit Lakes, Minn.), KDVL FM 102.5 (Devils Lake), KHND AM 1470 (Harvey), KISS 93 FM (Jamestown), KHRT AM 1320 (Minot), KZZJ AM 1450 (Rugby), KYCR AM 1570 (Minneapolis)and KEYZ AM 660 (Williston) ... The Bison gameday format includes a 30-minute pregame show with comments from Craig Bohl, in-depth analysis, features, and starting lineups ... A complete 30-minute postgame show is covered from the press box and locker room areas.

NDSU is 12-8 against nationally-ranked opponents over the past five seasons (2011: W at Indiana State; W vs. Northern Iowa; W at Southern Illinois; 2010: L at Eastern Washington; W at Montana State, W vs. South Dakota; L at UNI; 2009: L at Southern Illinois, L vs. UNI; 2008, L at South Dakota State; L, at Youngstown State, W at Southern Illinois, L vs. Western Illinois; L at UNI; 2007: W at Cal Poly, W at Western Illinois, W vs. Sam Houston State, 2006: W at Georgia Southern, W vs. Cal Poly, W vs. South Dakota State).

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