NDSU Career Receiving Yards
2957 – Zach Vraa, 2011-15
2732 – Kole Heckendorf, 2005-08
2544 – TR McDonald, 1990-93
2414 – RJ Urzendowski, 2014-17
FCS Winningest Teams, 2010s (by pct.)
.890 – North Dakota State (105-13)
.800 – Harvard (64-16)
.761 – Sam Houston State (86-27)
.760 – Jacksonville State (76-24)
.736 – Eastern Washington (78-28)
MORE THAN 700 WINS: North Dakota State has played 1,114 games with a 709-371-34 record in 120 seasons of football, good for a .652 winning percentage. Only four Ivy League teams each with at least 20 more years of football have more wins at the FCS level: Yale (902), Harvard (869), Penn (850) and Princeton (821). Northern Iowa has the second most wins among Missouri Valley Football Conference programs with 663. NDSU’s 96 victories since 2011 are more than any other team in Division I football ahead of Alabama (87), Clemson (82), Sam Houston State (80) and Ohio State (79) through the end of December.
SUCCESS VS. THE FBS: North Dakota State has a 9-3 record against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents and has won six in a row against FBS foes since 2010 with wins at Kansas (6-3), Minnesota (37-24), Colorado State (22-7), Kansas State (24-21), Iowa State (34-14) and 11th-ranked Iowa (23-21). NDSU has three future FBS games against Oregon in 2020, Arizona in 2022 and Colorado in 2024. NDSU’s first three FBS wins were against Ball State (2006), Central Michigan (2007) and Minnesota (2007).
BIG LEAGUE BISON: North Dakota State will host Butler at Target Field in Minneapolis in the season opener August 31, 2019. It will be the first Division I football game at the Major League Baseball stadium, which hosted a Division III game this year between in-state rivals St. Thomas and Saint John’s. NDSU has more than 12,000 alumni in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and nearly 26,000 alumni across Minnesota. The game is in addition to a six-game home schedule at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome in 2019, which is a 12-game regular season.
EIGHTH STRAIGHT POSTSEASON: This is NDSU’s eighth straight FCS playoff appearance and 31st postseason trip overall. The Bison are 62-15 in the postseason and 57-14 in the NCAA playoff format since 1973. North Dakota State is 27-2 in the FCS playoffs and the first program to advance to eight straight FCS quarterfinals and seven straight FCS semifinal games. The Bison are 10-2 in championship games with the only losses coming in Division II to Texas State (1981) and Troy (1984).
BISON RUN OVER BEARKATS IN SEMIFINALS: Running back Bruce Anderson scored a school-record five touchdowns and NDSU set school FCS playoff records for points, rushing yards (471) and total offense (642) in a 55-13 semifinal win over Sam Houston State. Anderson rushed 17 times for 183 yards and three TDs and his only two pass receptions of 23 and 31 yards both went for TDs. Seth Wilson carried 24 times for 194 yards. NDSU forced four turnovers including two Marquise Bridges interceptions. Tre Dempsey had a fumble recovery and 60-yard interception return, and Jabril Cox made a season-high 13 tackles including five for no gain or lost yards.
BISON ROLL PAST WOFFORD IN QUARTERFINALS: North Dakota State limited Wofford’s triple-option offense to only 134 yards rushing, 120 less than the Terriers averaged coming in, and the Bison rolled to a 42-10 quarterfinal victory. Chris Board had a team-high nine tackles including one for loss, Nick DeLuca had seven tackles with a sack and forced fumble, and Caleb Butler had six tackles and a forced fumble. Nine players had at least one reception for NDSU. Easton Stick ran for a touchdown and completed TD passes to Connor Wentz, Seth Wilson and Jeff Illies. NDSU led 14-10 before tacking on three quick touchdowns in the second quarter thanks to two Wofford fumbles. The Bison held the ball for nearly 36 minutes and outgained Wofford 464-177 while holding the Terriers to just 1 of 12 on third down.
BISON TOP SAN DIEGO IN SECOND ROUND: Quarterback Easton Stick passed for three touchdowns and NDSU rushed for 301 yards in a 38-3 victory over San Diego in the second round. The Bison outgained San Diego 472-174. Bruce Anderson carried 14 times for 112 yards, Ty Brooks carried 11 times for 88 yards and a TD, and Seth Wilson rushed 13 times for 47 yards. Cam Pedersen‘s season-long 47-yard field goal put NDSU ahead 17-0 by halftime and the Bison scored on their first three possessions of the second half. Nick DeLuca had an interception and two sacks to highlight the defensive effort. NDSU had seven tackles for loss.
SEVENTH STRAIGHT VALLEY TITLE: North Dakota State went 7-1 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference to win its third outright conference title (2012, 2013) and seventh straight title overall. Northern Iowa is the only other MVFC team to win seven in a row (1990-1996). NDSU’s longest streak of conference titles is seven straight (1964-1970). The Bison have won 34 conference titles altogether, including 26 in the North Central Conference and one in the Great West Football Conference (2006).
TOP TWO SEEDS MEET: The top two seeds in the FCS playoffs have advanced to the championship game for just the third time since 2009 when No. 2 seed Villanova beat No. 1 seed Montana 23-21. NDSU was the No. 2 seed when the Bison beat top-seeded Sam Houston State 17-6 for the 2011 championship.
CONSECUTIVE LOSSES: James Madison, which owns one of the only eight victories over North Dakota State since the beginning of the 2011 season, has the rare opportunity to win back-to-back games over NDSU. That hasn’t happened since 2010 when Northern Iowa, Illinois State and Missouri State each beat the Bison in back-to-back seasons.
CROWD NOISE EFFECT: The raucous environment inside the Fargodome has worked to North Dakota State’s advantage over the years, especially in the postseason. In 22 home playoff games, opposing teams have been called for 52 false starts. That is 44 percent of the opponents’ 118 penalties.
THIRD DOWN DEFENSE: North Dakota State has held its first two playoff opponents to just 4 of 41 on third down. San Diego, which entered as the No. 1 team in FCS converting 52 percent on third down, went 1 of 14 against the Bison. Wofford, which entered No. 3 in the FCS converting 50 percent on third down, was 1 of 12. Sam Houston State was 2 of 15. North Dakota State ranks third in the FCS in third down defense allowing 25 percent.
IRON MEN: Wide receiver RJ Urzendowski and long snapper James Fisher on Saturday will be NDSU’s only players to have played all 60 games in the past four seasons, one shy of the NDSU record 61 games played by safety Christian Dudzik (61 starts) and defensive end Kyle Emanuel (49 starts) from 2011-2014. Nine current Bison have played at least 50 career games: 59 by Fisher and Urzendowski, 58 by Nick DeLuca, Tre Dempsey, Jeff Illies and Connor Wentz, 56 by Grant Morgan and 54 by Austin Kuhnert and Nate Tanguay. The FCS record is 62 games by Appalachian State linebacker Pierre Banks, who made 47 starts from 2004-2008.
RECORD-SETTING DAY FOR STICK: Quarterback Easton Stick has already set an NDSU postseason record with 10 touchdown passes through the first three playoff games, including a single-game NDSU postseason record four TD passes in the semifinal win over Sam Houston State. Stick’s 27 TD passes this year are second most in NDSU single-season history behind Brock Jensen‘s 34 in 2013.
BISON SET SINGLE-SEASON RUSHING RECORD: North Dakota State blew past its single-season school rushing record with a dominating 471 rushing yards in the semifinals. The Bison vaulted from seventh all-time to first with 3,949 yards surpassing the mark of 3,860 rushing yards by the 2013 national championship team. NDSU’s 47 rushing TDs are second most in school history behind the 49 rushing TDs in 10 regular season games by the 1986 national title team. NDSU’s 6.16 yards per rush are third in school history (6.41 in 1988 and 6.28 in 1984).
1,000-YARD SEASON FOR ANDERSON: NDSU junior running back Bruce Anderson has posted NDSU’s 27th 1,000-yard rushing season. He ran for a career-high 183 yards on 17 carries in the semifinal win over Sam Houston State. Anderson is averaging 82.4 yards per game and enters the championship with 1,153 yards on 216 carries averaging and 5.3 yards per carry. King Frazier was the last Bison player to hit that mark with 1,158 rushing yards in 2015.
STOPPING THE RUN: The Bison, who have allowed just 10 rushing TDs this year, continue to lead the Missouri Valley Football Conference in rushing defense with 89.2 yards per game (7th in FCS) and 2.86 yards per carry (9th in FCS). Only three other Division I NDSU teams have allowed fewer than 100 rushing yards per game in a full season.
NDSU Rushing Defense, since 2004
67.2 yards per game allowed in 2006 (2.5/carry)
89.2 yards per game allowed in 2017 (2.9/carry)
91.3 yards per game allowed in 2013 (2.9/carry)
93.9 yards per game allowed in 2012 (3.0/carry)
BISON SCORING AT RECORD PACE: North Dakota State has scored 564 points this year and is No. 2 in the FCS averaging 40.3 points per game, NDSU’s highest scoring average behind the 1986 national champions, who put up 41.3 points per game including three playoff wins. NDSU is second in school single-season history in scoring (581 points in 2013) and has 77 touchdowns, two shy of the school-record 79 TDs in 2013. The Bison outscored their first three playoff opponents by an average of 45-8. James Madison is the No. 1 scoring defense in FCS this year allowing just 10.7 points per game followed by NDSU at 11.5 points allowed per game.
AFTER THE OPEN WEEK: NDSU’s win over San Diego was the 26th straight after an open week in the regular season and playoffs since a 2005 home loss to UC Davis. That streak includes 16 home games, five road games and five national championship games in Frisco, Texas.
BISON AT HOME: NDSU is 64-6 at home since 2010. The Bison have won 59 of the last 61 home games over non-conference opponents including 45 straight before last year’s NCAA semifinal loss to James Madison. NDSU is 20-4 at home all-time against FCS Top 10 teams and 21-1 at home in the FCS playoffs. North Dakota State ranks seventh in FCS this year with an average home attendance of 18,333. The Bison drew 18,000-plus to 54 straight home contests from the 2011 quarterfinals through the 2017 second round.
AFTER HALFTIME: North Dakota State has scored on its opening drive of the half 18 of 28 times this year with 16 touchdowns and two field goals. That includes touchdowns on the opening drive of the second half in 9 of 14 games. The Bison are averaging nearly 18 minutes in time of possession and outscoring opponents 256-66 after halftime.
INTERCEPTION LEADERS: North Dakota State’s 20 interceptions this year are the second most by an NDSU Division I team (21 in 2011) and fourth in FCS behind James Madison (31), Kennesaw State (24) and Northern Iowa (21). Safety Tre Dempsey leads NDSU with six interceptions and his 16 career picks are tied with Southern’s Danny Johnson for the most among active FCS players. Dempsey’s 16 picks are tied with Steve Krumrei for second in NDSU history behind Marcus Williams (21). Frank Esposito (8 in 1953) holds NDSU’s single-season record.
SACK LEADERS: North Dakota State’s 37 sacks this year are tied for 10th most in the FCS and seventh most in school history. James Madison and Grambling lead the FCS with 48 sacks each this year. NDSU has recorded at least one sack in 12 of 14 games this year including six each in the wins over Youngstown State and Northern Iowa. Nick DeLuca and Derrek Tuszka lead the Bison with 5.5 sacks apiece.
URZENDOWSKI ON NDSU CAREER LISTS: Wide receiver RJ Urzendowski continues to climb the NDSU charts for receptions, yards and touchdowns. He has caught at least one pass in 52 of 59 career games.
NDSU Career Receptions
195 – Zach Vraa, 2011-15
178 – Kole Heckendorf, 2005-08
163 – Travis White, 2002-06
161 – Warren Holloway, 2008-11
147 – Ryan Smith, 2010-13
146 – RJ Urzendowski, 2014-17
NDSU Career Receiving TDs
28 – Zach Vraa, 2011-15
26 – Tim Strehlow, 1996-99
24 – Len Kretchman, 1985-88
22 – TR McDonald, 1990-93
22 – RJ Urzendowski, 2014-17
TIGHT END PRODUCTION: NDSU tight ends have been a steady weapon in the NDSU passing game this season. Seniors Connor Wentz and Jeff Illies, junior Nate Jenson and sophomore Ben Ellefson have combined for 46 catches totaling 721 yards and 12 TDs.
PEDERSEN CLOSING IN ON PAT MARK: Junior kicker Cam Pedersen is 73 of 76 on PATs this season, second in school history behind Adam Keller‘s 76 of 78 in 2013. Pedersen tied the 49-year old school record of 10 PAT kicks made in the 72-7 win over Mississippi Valley State. Pedersen ranks second all-time at NDSU for PAT kicks made (179) and attempted (185). He also ranks fourth in field goals made (36) and attempted (58). Pedersen connected on a season-long 47-yard field goal vs. San Diego. NDSU has attempted only two FGs the past six games.
JORDHEIM, DeLUCA TIE RECORDS: Linebacker Levi Jordheim‘s three fumble recoveries against Northern Iowa tied the NDSU record set by Don Meyer at Northern Michigan in 1976 and the Missouri Valley Football Conference record set by Missouri State’s Dempster Jackson in 1985 vs. Southern Illinois. Linebacker Nick DeLuca‘s two strip sacks tied the NDSU record of two forced fumbles done 31 times by 28 players, most recently by defensive end Cole Jirik in the 2012 win at Illinois State.
SENIOR CLASS: North Dakota State’s 20-man senior class includes 17 fifth-year seniors who arrived on campus for the 15-0 national championship season in 2013 plus wide receiver RJ Urzendowski, who played as a true freshman in 2014. The Bison have a 53-6 record since 2014 with two NCAA FCS championships, four Missouri Valley Football Conference titles, a 33-3 home record, a 13-1 postseason record, and a 32-5 record over FCS Top 25 opponents.
WILSON THIRD FRESHMAN TO PLAY: Running back Seth Wilson from Holmen, Wis., made his debut in the Northern Iowa game and is the third true freshman to play for NDSU this season. Defensive end Logan McCormick from Appleton, Wis., and cornerback Josh Hayes from Lakeland, Fla., have played since the season opener against Mississippi Valley State. They were the first true freshmen to play for NDSU since 2015. NDSU redshirted its entire freshman class in 2016, the only time that has happened in 14 years of Division I football.
KLIEMAN, COX TAKE TOP MVFC HONORS: North Dakota State claimed three of the top five honors in the Missouri Valley Football Conference this year. Chris Klieman was selected as the Bruce Craddock Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. Linebacker Jabril Cox is the third player in conference history to sweep the Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards, joining Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen and Youngstown State running back Martin Ruiz, and he is the first Bison player to win either award.
LEAGUE-BEST 11 ALL-CONFERENCE: North Dakota State had a league-high 11 players voted to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference team, the third most for NDSU in its 10 years in the league. NDSU had six first team picks: fullback Connor Wentz, right guard Austin Kuhnert, long snapper James Fisher, linebacker Nick DeLuca, and safeties Tre Dempsey and Robbie Grimsley. Second team selections from NDSU were running back Bruce Anderson, wide receiver RJ Urzendowski, center Tanner Volson, defensive tackle Aaron Steidl and linebacker Jabril Cox. Right tackle Zack Johnson, kicker Cam Pedersen, quarterback Easton Stick and defensive tackle Nate Tanguay earned honorable mention.
GRIMSLEY, STICK ACADEMIC HONORS: Junior safety Robbie Grimsley was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District® team for the second straight season with a 3.56 GPA in criminal justice. He and junior quarterback Easton Stick (3.91, sport management) were voted to the Missouri Valley Football Conference for the second year in a row. Senior wide receiver RJ Urzendowski (3.37, construction management) was an honorable mention to the MVFC team.
NATIONAL AWARD FINALISTS: North Dakota State had three finalists for the top four national awards presented by STATS FCS. For the third time in four years as head coach, Chris Klieman was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award presented to the FCS coach of the year. He finished 11th in the voting. Senior linebacker Nick DeLuca was 12th in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award presented to the top defensive player, and linebacker Jabril Cox was sixth in the voting for the Jerry Rice Award presented to the top freshman in the FCS.
SEVEN ALL-AMERICANS: North Dakota State has seven All-Americans this year led by senior right guard Austin Kuhnert, a first team pick by the American Football Coaches Association, FCS Athletic Directors Association, Associated Press, STATS and HERO Sports. Nick DeLuca was named to the AP, STATS and HERO Sports first teams and James Fisher made the STATS and HERO Sports first teams. Tre Dempsey was named to the AFCA and Walter Camp first teams and the HERO Sports second team. Robbie Grimsley made the STATS second team and Bruce Anderson made the HERO Sports second team. Jabril Cox was named a Freshman All-American by HERO Sports.
DeLUCA SELECTED FOR SENIOR BOWL: North Dakota State linebacker Nick DeLuca has accepted an invite to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in Mobile, Ala. The game will be televised live on NFL Network. DeLuca is the seventh NDSU player to be invited and the fourth since 2014 behind current Broncos OL Billy Turner, Colts OL Joe Haeg and Eagles QB Carson Wentz. Other NDSU players in the Senior Bowl were WR Stacy Robinson (1985), RB Lamar Gordon (2002) and P Mike Dragosavich (2008).
KUHNERT SELECTED TO SHRINE GAME: North Dakota State right guard Austin Kuhnert accepted an invite to play in the East-West Shrine Game scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 20, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game will be televised live on NFL Network. Kuhnert is the ninth NDSU player to be invited and the fifth since 2014 behind Texans CB Marcus Williams, Chargers LB Kyle Emanuel, Ravens RB John Crockett and offensive guard Zack Johnson. Other NDSU players in the Shrine Game were T Lyle Sturgeon (1936), FB Chad Stark (1987), DL Phil Hansen (1991) and RB Pat Paschall (2010).
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: North Dakota State had seven players earn nine Missouri Valley Football Conference player of the week honors this season:
—Tanner Volson, Offensive Line (2x)…Graded 100% assignment and 87% technique with zero sacks against Mississippi Valley State…NDSU averaged 17.5 yards per carry while in the game…Graded 97% assignment and 83% technique with team-high seven knockdowns and zero sacks in win over South Dakota.
—Robbie Grimsley, Defensive…Two interceptions, two pass breakups and four tackles at Eastern Washington…Part of a defense that held EWU to 73 yards in the final three quarters.
—Lance Dunn, Offensive…Scored four TDs on four plays against Robert Morris…Had runs of 61, 5 and 45 yards and a 10-yard catch for 121 all-purpose yards.
—Jabril Cox, Newcomer (2x)…Team-high eight tackles including four on kickoff coverage, a fumble recovery and a tackle for loss as NDSU held Robert Morris to 57 total yards, four first downs and one trip past midfield…STATS FCS Freshman of the Week after a career-high eight tackles with two sacks and another key tackle for loss in overtime of a win at Youngstown State
—Cam Pedersen, Special Teams…Kicked a 36-yard game-winning field goal in overtime at Youngstown State…Also had a 19-yarder to tie the game at halftime and went 3 of 3 on PATs.
—Easton Stick, Offensive…Completed first 11 passes and finished 11 of 12 for 307 yards and a TD in the win over South Dakota…Also rushed seven times for 39 yards and a TD.
—Jalen Allison, Defensive…Team-high and career-high 10 tackles with one sack in the win over South Dakota…Part of a defensive effort that registered four sacks, nine QB hurries, and held USD to 14 points, its lowest scoring output in two years.
KLIEMAN WINS 50th GAME: Chris Klieman is just the fifth Bison coach to reach the 50-win mark and the second fastest behind Ron Erhardt. Klieman has a 53-6 record at NDSU and has guided the Bison to their seventh straight conference championship and two national titles. The Bison are 28-4 in the MVFC the past four seasons, have gone 32-5 against FCS Top 25 teams, and have an FBS Top 25 win over No. 11 Iowa. North Dakota State is 13-1 this season and has an FCS-best eight Top 25 victories.
DECADE LEADER: North Dakota State’s 105 wins this decade are more than any other program in college football. NDSU is 96-8 since the beginning of 2011, the first of five national championship seasons. North Dakota State holds the distinction of being the winningest Division II program of the 1980s, going 103-20-2 from 1980-89 with four national titles in that span.
FCS Winningest Teams, 2010s (by wins)
105 – North Dakota State (105-13)
86 – Sam Houston State (86-27)
78 – Eastern Washington (78-28)
76 – Jacksonville State (76-24)
73 – James Madison (73-28)
70 – New Hampshire (70-35)
THIS WEEK: No. 2 seed North Dakota State (13-1) returns to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game for the sixth time in seven years Saturday, Jan.6, where the Bison will take on top-seeded defending champion James Madison (14-0). Kickoff is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
TELEVISION: 2 will televise the game live with Dave Neal calling the play-by-play, Matt Stinchcomb as color analyst, and Quint Kessenich reporting from the sidelines. Video streaming will be available on Watch.com and the app through participating television providers.
RADIO: Coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. on the Peterson Farms Seed Bison Radio Network with Jeff Culhane play-by-play, NDSU and Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Phil Hansen analyst, and NDSU’s Jeremy Jorgenson sidelines. Extended coverage locally on 107.9 The Fox, Bison 1660 and 92.7 FM includes “Bison Tailgate” from 7:30-8:30 a.m. with Brad Jones, “Bison Game Day” from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and “Bison Hotline” for two hours following the network broadcast with hosts Keith Brake, Chris Hanson and former NDSU defensive end Cole Jirik.
TICKETS: The general public ticket allotment for the Division I Football Championship Game is sold out; however, tickets may be purchased via the NCAA Ticket Exchange, the official fan-to-fan marketplace, at fcs.flashseats.com. Standing Room Only tickets go on sale Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET for $65 plus taxes and fees. For details, visit NCAA.com/FCS and click on the Tickets and Hospitality link.
PARKING AND TAILGATING: General public parking is $20 per spot and opens at 7 a.m. Saturday in Toyota Stadium’s red, blue and green parking lots. RVs and campers will be charged $40 per parking space occupied. ADA parking is available in the platinum, gold and blue lots. All parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking lots will remain open for tailgating after the game. All vehicles must be off property by 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
TEAM ARRIVAL AND TAILGATE TOWN: Fans are invited to line up on Lamar Hunt Way from Toyota Stadium west to World Cup Way for team arrivals beginning with NDSU at 8:30 a.m. and JMU at 8:45 a.m. Tailgate Town, a free interactive fan festival, opens at 9 a.m. in the north plaza of Toyota Stadium with an NDSU pep rally scheduled for 9:50 a.m.
NDSU PEP FEST: Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster for Friday night’s NDSU Pep Fest at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco. Tickets are $19 for adults, $10 for kids ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and younger. Parking and admission are included in the cost of the ticket; food and beverage are extra. The pre-party beer garden opens at 3:00 on the north side of Dr Pepper Arena (age 21 and older only), doors open at 6:00, and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. featuring special performances by Blind Joe from NBC’s “The Voice” and NDSU’s BisonArts Singers, plus NDSU president Dean Bresciani, athletic director Matt Larsen, the NDSU cheer team and Gold Star Band, and former Bison football players. Visit NDSUAlumni.com for more details.
BISON IN WHITE, FANS IN GOLD: North Dakota State is the designated visiting team as the lower seed and will wear its white jersey, green “Harvest Helmet” and green pants. NDSU is 10-0 wearing the green helmet and 2-0 wearing the white jersey and green helmet combo (2016 at South Dakota, 2017 at Eastern Washington). NDSU fans are encouraged to wear their Bison yellow or gold in all sections. Official NDSU sections are 122-133 behind the Bison bench on the east side of Toyota Stadium, although some tickets purchased in advance may be in other sections of the stadium.
THE SERIES: The North Dakota State-James Madison series is tied 1-1 with both previous games being played at the Fargodome. NDSU won 26-14 in the 2011 FCS second round and JMU won 27-17 in the 2016 FCS semifinals. The Bison are 4-1 against CAA opponents including FCS semifinal wins over New Hampshire (2013) and Richmond (2015) and a national championship win over Towson (2013). Missouri Valley Football Conference teams are 22-18 against the CAA. James Madison is 3-2 against MVFC opponents and has won three straight including this year’s 51-16 semifinal win over South Dakota State.
MVFC, CAA IN TITLE GAME: This is the third time overall and second straight year the Missouri Valley Football Conference and Colonial Athletic Association are meeting in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game. NDSU beat Towson 35-7 for the 2013 title and JMU beat Youngstown State 28-14 last year. North Dakota State is making the MVFC’s 12th national title game appearance and the league is 7-4 in the championship. James Madison is making the CAA’s 10th title game appearance and the league is 5-4.
13-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: North Dakota State won its 13th football national championship in 2015. NDSU claimed three College Division national championships via the polls in 1965, 1968 and 1969, five Division II titles through the playoff format in 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1990, and was the first team in college football history to win five straight national championships with FCS titles in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.