North Dakota State 52, New Hampshire 14
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[December 21, 2013]
FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota State 52, New Hampshire
14: Brock Jensen accounted for four touchdowns and John Crockett rushed
for a career-high 195 yards as the Bison routed the visiting Wildcats to
advance to their third straight FCS championship game.
Jensen overcame an early interception to throw for three
first-half touchdowns and ran for a third-quarter score before
giving way to backup Carson Wentz early in the fourth quarter. North
Dakota State (14-0), which will face Towson or Eastern Washington on
Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas, held New Hampshire to 184 total yards — 266
below its season average — and has won 23 consecutive games.
Steven Thames returned an interception on the Bison’s first drive 38
yards for a touchdown to account for the Wildcats’ only touchdown
until Chris Setian scored on a 1-yard run late in the final stanza.
New Hampshire (10-5) did not convert a third down or exceed 100
total yards until Sean Goldrich completed a 13-yard pass to Setian
with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter.
The Wildcats benefited from Thames’ return and forced a fumble on
the next possession, but could not take advantage when they turned
it over on downs. Jensen knotted the game with a 50-yard strike to
Zach Vraa two drives later and stretched the margin to 17-7
following a field goal with a TD pass to Derrick Lang midway through
the second quarter.
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On the ensuing possession, Goldrich fumbled a shotgun snap
from center and Leevon Perry ran it back 7 yards for a score
before Jensen capped off the Bison’s 24-point second quarter
with a 20-yard scoring pass to Kevin Vaadeland. Jensen, Sam
Ojuri and Chase Morlock added second-half rushing touchdowns.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Bison will attempt to become only the second
team to win three straight FCS titles, joining Appalachian State
from 2005-07. … North Dakota State improved to 13-1 all-time in
the FCS playoffs and has not lost a home postseason game since
it was a Division II program in 1991. … Crockett (1,191 yards
rushing) joined Ojuri (1,341) to give the Bison two 1,000-yard
rushers for the third straight season.
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