North Dakota State repeats as FCS champion

The North Dakota State Bison have a second straight Football Championship Subdivision title in what’s becoming their second home.

Backed by more than 10,000 fans wearing green and gold in Frisco, Texas, the same suburban Dallas stadium where they beat Sam Houston State a year ago, the Bison outnumbered their Texas counterparts in the stands and outplayed them on the field — again.

Quarterback Brock Jensen ran for three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the third quarter not long after a holding penalty wiped out a touchdown that would have given Sam Houston the lead, and Sam Ojuri scored twice in a 39-13 victory Saturday.


The field turned into a Bison pep rally after the game as thousands of fans joined a trophy presentation on a stage that makes up one end of FC Dallas Stadium.

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‘‘Let’s go Bison!’’ coach Craig Bohl shouted while holding up a Bison hand signal that could be mistaken for the Texas Longhorns’ ‘‘Hook ’Em Horns’’ sign in the Lone Star State.

The Bison, who won, 17-6, a year ago, improved to 10-1 in the FCS playoffs with their eighth straight postseason win.

Jensen put North Dakota State (14-1) in front for good on a 1-yard sneak in the third quarter, and Ojuri had a 2-yard TD run on fourth and 1 after the Bison got the ball with a fourth-down stop.

Ojuri had 92 yards rushing, and Jensen added 44 to go with 115 passing yards. The Bison rushed for 300 yards.


Brian Bell threw for 255 yards against the nation’s best pass defense, but had three of Sam Houston’s four interceptions. Tim Flanders, the Bearkats’ career rushing leader, was held to 53 yards on 19 carries.

The game was tied at 10 when Flanders broke loose on an apparent 41-yard touchdown run on the first possession of the second half. Instead, Sam Houston (11-4) had a third long run wiped out by a holding penalty. None of the drives ended in points.

Mississippi 38, Pittsburgh 17Bo Wallace threw three touchdown passes and Ole Miss routed the Panthers in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., to complete an impressive turnaround under first-year coach Hugh Freeze, going from 2-10 to 7-6.

Pitt (6-7) struggled on offense as leading rusher Ray Graham was held out with a hamstring injury he suffered in bowl practice. Quarterback Tino Sunseri threw his first interception since Sept. 15 and the Panthers trailed the remainder of the game.

Wallace, the game’s MVP, completed 22 of 32 passes for 151 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Sunseri was 16 of 32 for 185 yards with two touchdowns and the pick that ended the nation’s longest streak without one (271 attempts).