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.
2012 FCS Championship Game: There was a thought many years ago that when North Dakota State football made the move to Division 1 that would be the end of seeing North Dakota players being impact players on the Bison roster. That theory was permanently discredited in NDSU’s first trip to Frisco in January of 2012 when the Bison met Sam Houston State. NDSU took a 10-6 lead into the fourth quarter, but Sam Houston had drove to the Bison 45. Bearkat quarterback Brian Bell threw a pass over the middle, but never saw linebacker Travis Beck.
The redshirt freshman from Calio, North Dakota, who played his high school football at Langdon-Munich, made the play and then took off. Beck , who was an all-state running back in high school, showed off that speed as he blazed down the sidelines, thanks to two monster blocks from Christian Dudzik and Leevon Perry. Beck showed some more athleticism, as he tried to dive for the endzone, and was just knocked out at the one yard line. Brock Jensen scored on the next play to make it a 17-6 game and that sealed it.
#NDSUSeasonOpenerCountdown: #63: 2012 #FCSChampionship, the game defining play comes from Travis Beck on his 63 yard interception return, set up a Bison TD. Classic interview with @52b_smDh included. (Sorry for Langdon reference) pic.twitter.com/gEIOjxFdZa
— Dom Izzo (@DomIzzoWDAY) June 30, 2018
Beck was named MVP of the game as a redshirt freshman and the thought of North Dakota small-town kids never playing big roles for the Bison football team was forever put to bed.