North Dakota State returns to Frisco, Texas for the seventh time this January as the Bison will go for history, attempting to become the first FCS program to win seven national championships. Over the next ten days, we’ll look back at the ten biggest moments NDSU has had in its previous six title game appearances.
NUMBER TEN, 2018 FCS Championship Game: North Dakota State led James Madison 7-3 midway thru the second quarter when it seemed momentum was about to turn. Easton Stick was sacked by Simeyon Robinson and fumbled, with the ball recovered by Gus Little at the Bison 28. But the NDSU defense bailed out Stick, as Nate Tanguay picked a perfect time for his first career interception taking one of his shoetops to intercept Bryan Schor.
Stick and the Bison moved the ball to midfield, but after a false start penalty, were staring at 3rd and 17. Stick then delivered a perfect pass to a wide open Darrius Shepherd, who had broken thru the JMU secondary for a 50 yard touchdown, Shepherd’s first touchdown of the season to give NDSU a 14-3 lead. It was a monumental play in the game and as it turned out, the last touchdown NDSU would score in the game. It also is the longest touchdown NDSU has scored in the six previous title game appearances in Frisco.