NDSU ends JMU 26-game winning streak for sixth FCS Championship

Taylor Byrd
January 8, 2018

His second-seeded team held a four-point lead and hadn't trailed since the opening kick, and a mental lapse, in a game that had already been topsy-turvy, would have given No. 1 James Madison another shot at victory.

Senior linebacker Nick DeLuca missed that game because of injury, so he'd been waiting for over a year to get another shot at the Dukes.

After holding North Dakota State to a three-and-out out of halftime, James Madison got the last score of the game after an eight-play, 33-yard touchdown drive to start the second half.

A perfectly executed fake punt on 4th and 9 put James Madison in prime position to complete a comeback in the fourth quarter against North Dakota State.

Houston, who last month signed a 10-year contract extension with James Madison, unabashedly said on the way to the top that he was building his team to beat the Bison, and that's what the Dukes did last year in the FCS semifinals.

The Bison defense bent, but never broke as they stood tall inside their 30-yard line to turn the Dukes over on downs with just over a minute left in the game.

James Madison: This will be a tough one for Houston and company. Asked what he could take from that game, Bison coach Chris Klieman said, "Nothing, really". "You would think it's going to be a defensive battle, a little bit, but both teams, offensively, have some explosive players".

The Bison would runout the final 58 seconds of the clock for the championship.

Bison junior quarterback Easton Stick was named the game's most outstanding player, totaling 165 yards of offense, including a 50-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Shepherd in the second quarter.

By winning six championships in seven years in the suburb north of Dallas, the Bison tied Georgia Southern with the most FCS titles. "There's no doubt. And we're excited about it too". That zero changed on the biggest stage and helped NDSU win its sixth FCS championship in seven seasons. I'm so proud of the guys. "It just so happens it's James Madison, whom we have a ton of respect for".

JMU - Bryan Schor was 14-for-32 with 148 yards and 2 interceptions.

What: No. 1 James Madison Dukes (14-0) vs.

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