The North Dakota State University Bison hosted the Georgia Southern Eagles today in the Fargodome. The game started off strongly, with Georgia Southern relying heavily on rushing offense and Bison defense prepared to stop them.
The scoreless game broke halfway through the first quarter after Chad Wilson recovered a Georgia Southern fumble at the Eagles 17. From there, Brock Jensen paired with Warren Holloway to score a passing touchdown. Ryan Jastram's extra point topped off the Herd's scoring, brining the game to an early 7-0, Bison.
Turning the momentum, Georgia Southern balanced the game again in the second quarter. Starting with a successful fake punt, the Eagles were able to push forward consistently into Bison territory. A successful 23-yard rush completed by Dominique Swope combined with the extra point to bring the game to 7-7.
Immediately firing back, NDSU drove hard. With Holloway completing a 23-yard pass and then another 17-yard play for a touchdown back to back, the Herd quickly regained the lead. With a successful extra point, the half ended 14-7, NDSU.
Bison offense took the helm of the third quarter, with a massive scoring play being commanded and executed by Brock Jensen, who was suffering flu-like symptoms. Jensen completed a 55-yard touchdown, but with a missed extra point, the possession ended with a score of 20-7, NDSU.
With minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter, the Bison shut down Georgia Southern during a fourth-down conversion attempt. Running the field, the Herd quickly made it into the red zone. From 4 yards, Sam Ojuri ran the ball in for six. Then, to make up for the missed extra point from earlier, D.J. McNorton completed a two-point conversion, bringing the game to 28-7, NDSU.
Not giving up with the 21-point lead, the Herd kept strong through the end of the game. With seconds left on the clock, D.J. McNorton capped off the possession with a 4-yard run for a touchdown. The extra point closed the game at 35-7, NDSU.
The Bison will meet Sam Houston in Frisco, Texas Jan. 7 for the FCS championship game.