Bison Shut Out Colgate 35-0 in FCS Quarterfinals

FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) -- Easton Stick passed for 205 yards and three touchdowns and North Dakota State shut out a playoff opponent for the first time in seven years beating Colgate 35-0 on Saturday, Dec. 8, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

North Dakota State (13-0) advanced to a record eighth-straight FCS semifinal and will play the winner of the quarterfinal between South Dakota State and Kennesaw State on either Friday, Dec. 14, or Saturday, Dec. 15.

Stick completed passes to nine different receivers and finished 14 of 19 with touchdown passes to Ben Ellefson, Darrius Shepherd and Phoenix Sproles, who scored his first career TD.

Ty Brooks scored on a 26-yard run to cap a four-play, 96-yard scoring drive on NDSU's first possession. Bruce Anderson rushed 12 times for 124 yards including a 42-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

NDSU put up 443 yards of total offense against a Colgate team that came in ranked first in the nation in defense allowing just 7.0 points and 219.0 yards per game.

The Bison were 7 of 13 on third down and limited the Raiders to 1 of 12 on third down and 0-for-3 on fourth down.

Linebacker Jabril Cox made a team-high six tackles for North Dakota State, safety Robbie Grimsley had five tackles and a pass breakup, and defensive end Derrek Tuszka had 2.5 sacks.

Safety James Hendricks intercepted a pass in the end zone to help preserve the shutout, which was NDSU's first in the playoffs since a 24-0 win over another Patriot League opponent, Lehigh, in the 2011 quarterfinals.

Colgate quarterback Grant Breneman was 9 of 21 passing for 68 yards and leading rusher James Holland carried 11 times for 65 yards for the Raiders (10-2), who suffered their first shutout loss since the 2003 national championship game.