Lance guides Bison to eighth FCS National Title

Tanya Simon
January 14, 2020

James Madison knocked the Bison out of the playoffs in the semifinals in 2016, and in 2017 North Dakota State won the national title game over JMU.

North Dakota State has a roster heavy with Minnesotans, including starting quarterback Trey Lance, a freshman from Marshall.

The Bison have now won 37 consecutive games after capping off their ideal (16-0) campaign in 2019-2020. The 16-win season has been a premiere for college football in every division since Yale won 16 games in 1894. The Bison clinched Saturday's win with James Hendricks intercepting DiNucci in the end zone in the final seconds.

"It's surreal that it happened to be and I'm just so excited that we capped off the season the right way", Mr. Hendricks said. "It was in the movie all year round. Honestly, they called us well".

"They chose our husband and I left my husband and knew they would throw it and trusted that he would throw the flat at the flat and not the man I had to cover. I made the play and the rest is history".

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James Madison struck first, going ahead 7-0 midway through the first quarter after an opening drive that spanned 17 plays and 86 yards.

Stapleton had a 5-yard TD on the opening drive of the game for James Madison, but the Bison quickly got even on Adam Cofield's 1-yard TD run.

Bison sophomore Phoenix Sproles broke the tie with a 38-yard touchdown run on a reverse on the first play of the second quarter. The state of North Dakota responded with a touchdown of 12 games and 81 yards. Hendricks, who earlier had a 20-yard touchdown run on a fake field goal, then picked off the pass by Ben DiNucci.

James Madison scored another field goal in the first round of the second half.

Lance's 44-yard score came on a third-and-23 play to open the fourth quarter and put the Bison up 28-13. James Madison stumbled before responding with an eleven-game run of 46 meters.

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