James Madison University came from Virginia to the Fargodome today to take on the 10-1 Bison for an FCS second-round playoff game.
After a bye week, the Herd was rested, and the team showed it with aggressive defense and driving offense.
In training before the game, Ryan Smith injured his hamstring, which put him out of play for the day. Despite this, the Bison were able to produce.
Two touchdowns by Sam Ojuri coupled with a massive fourth-quarter 60-yard touchdown run by D.J. McNorton and two deep field goals by Ryan Jastram to give the Herd a respectable 26 points.
James Madison, which is known for its running offense, was read well by Bison defense. Late in the first half, JMU's DeAndre' Smith scored a touchdown, and in the fourth quarter, a trick play gave a touchdown pass to JMU quarterback Justin Thorpe, but 14 points were not enough to topple the Herd.
To close the game, with 10 seconds left on the clock, John Pike earned a pick off of JMU. Running the clock, the Herd ended the game with a win: 26-14, NDSU.