NDSU Football: Bison To Face James Madison in FCS Championship
NDSU advances to their 6th national title in the last seven years
FARGO, N.D. —NDSU Football routed Sam Houston State on Friday at the Fargodome 55-13 to advance to their 6th national title in the last seven years, and the Bison weren’t shy about expressing their excitement.
“I’m happy for all of them, but the guy that deserves to play in a national championship game is Easton Stick,” head coach Chris Klieman said. “He deserves that after what he did in 2015 to get his best friend Carson [Wentz] back to that game. He deserves that opportunity.”
While Klieman was quick to give credit to his quarterback, Easton Stick shined light on some of his other teammates.
“Offensive line and the crew chiefs really got after it today,” Stick added. “They did a really good job on a short week preparing. Those guys practiced really hard.”
But it was NDSU running back Bruce Anderson who stole the show on Friday night. Anderson, who finished with 183 rushing yards, 54 receiving yards and five total touchdowns, says it wasn’t until after the game that he realized just how vital he was in the team’s victory.
“I was just so locked in and in my zone you know,” Anderson said. “When I just got the ball I just saw the holes and just kept running and running but now that I’m sitting back and looking on it, they’ve been saying five touchdowns and stuff like that, it kind of hit me.”
Friday’s win was also eye-opening for NDSU graduate, Tre Dempsey, because he says being a part of the Bison football program goes beyond the the X’s and O’s.
“I didn’t even think I would graduate college, my parents didn’t. I just wanted to play football. When I actually got here, learned the bison tradition and learned what it meant to have bison pride. It is just a blessing man. This place has turned my life around.”
The Bison will head to Frisco to take on James Madison University.