(Note: As part of our coverage of the FCS Championship game, we are counting down the top 10 plays of the 2014 season.)
John Crockett showed his explosiveness in the season opener at Iowa State. He showed it again on ESPN prime time in the FCS playoffs, this time with a 70-yard touchdown run that got the Bison rolling against Coastal Carolina. That wouldn’t be the first time he delivered. No. 2 comes when the Bison needed it the most: his 45-yard touchdown run midway in the fourth quarter that snapped a 32-31 Coastal lead. The Chanticleers were a different team this time around in the playoffs and had visions of the upset at the Fargodome, until Crockett erased NDSU’s first deficit of the game taking a handoff to the left side, finding daylight and outsprinting the CCU secondary down the left sideline. In these top 10 plays, it’s not so much the dazzling play but when the big play was made. Note: NCAA restrictions prohibit us from using playoff video.