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 EIGHT, 2016 FCS Championship Game: Carson Wentz had not played a football game since October 17th, 2015 before he took the field in Frisco, Texas on January 9th. The news broke the day before that Wentz was going to start the national championship game. He had been sidelined since the middle of October after breaking his wrist against South Dakota. Wentz was starting to build some NFL buzz around him despite not playing for two months, as he had garnered an invite to the Senior Bowl in Alabama.
Wentz had plenty to prove and it showed against Jacksonville State. He threw a laser to Andrew Bonnet for an eight yard touchdown to give the Bison a 10-0 lead. He had yet to show off his amazing ability to run out of the pocket until after NDSU got the ball back after a terrific diving interception from Nick DeLuca. After a personal foul penalty, Wentz showed off his athleticism, with a terrific diving run from eleven yards out to give NDSU a 17-0 lead and they would never look back.
Wentz threw for 197 yards and a touchdown, while adding 79 yards and two rushing touchdowns on his way to being named game MVP as the Bison won a fifth straight national championship, 37-10.