North Dakota State completed the first 16-win season in any division since Yale in 1894, beating James Madison to win its third straight FCS national championship and eighth in nine years.
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It's easy to say North Dakota State winning another FCS national championship was fate, destiny, something supernatural.
- Bison win 8th FCS title; 1st since 1894 to go 16-0
- NDSU's Lance 1st freshman to win Payton Award
- North Dakota St. gets No. 1 seed in FCS playoffs
- Trump fetes North Dakota State with fast food
North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance has become the first freshman to be honored with the Walter Payton Award as the FCS offensive player of the year.
Christian Watson scored long touchdowns on back-to-back touches early in the second quarter and two-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State blitzed Montana State 42-14 in a semifinal on Saturday for its 36th straight victory.
Griffin Crosa kicked three second-quarter field goals and North Dakota State's defense did the rest as the defending national champion Bison beat Illinois State 9-3 in an FCS quarterfinal on Saturday.
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Trey Lance threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and defending champion North Dakota State pulled away in the second half to beat Nicholls 37-13 in a second-round FCS playoff game Saturday.
The NCAA Division I playoff selection committee spread the wealth in the 24-team pairings, which were announced Sunday.
Kobe Johnson, Adam Cofield and Trey Lance all ran for touchdowns and FCS top-ranked North Dakota State completed a perfect regular season with a 21-7 victory over Southern Illinois on Saturday.
Trey Lance threw for two touchdowns, Ty Brooks ran for two and FCS top-ranked North Dakota State rolled up 700 yards offense in beating South Dakota 49-14 to clinch the Missouri Valley Football Conference championship on Saturday.
Freshman Jalen Bussey sprinted 65 yards for a touchdown on his first collegiate carry and finished with 123 yards as FCS top-ranked North Dakota State rolled to its 31st consecutive victory, beating Western Illinois 57-21 on Saturday.
Trey Lance threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and North Dakota State beat Youngstown State 56-17 on Saturday night to extend its win streak to 30 games.