NDSU, SHSU Feature FCS’s Top Defense and Top Offense

The Bison and Bearkats have the nation's best defense and best offense respectively

FARGO, N.D. — Friday’s FCS semifinal game between North Dakota State and Sam Houston State is a battle between an unstoppable force and an immovable object.

The Bearkats have the nation’s top offense in terms of yards per game at 552.4, while the Bison have allowed the fewest yards per game at 237.9.

Most of SHSU’s production comes through the air, while NDSU has done a better job at limiting opponents’ passing production better than anyone.

“They have so many explosive plays,” Bison head coach Chris Klieman said. “You watch the explosive plays tape, and it just goes on forever with deep balls and short passes and guys taking it the distance and an extremely good running game.”

Senior linebacker Matt Plank values the importance of comparing the Bearkats to a more familiar opponent.

“I would compare them a lot like South Dakota,” Plank said. “Quarterback-wise, he doesn’t run as much, but he’s got a great arm and he’s got a lot of weapons on the edge. So it’s going to be tough for us to transition into a more spread kind of offense that we’re going up against.”

North Dakota State and Sam Houston State kick off at 7:00 Friday night for a spot in the final.

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