Watch this JMU receiver make a HELMET CATCH in the FCS Championship

Jan 07, 2018, 04:38
Watch this JMU receiver make a HELMET CATCH in the FCS Championship

He led JMU to the promised land previous year - his first in Harrisonburg - but he learned more about how to prepare for the big stage from a 2013 Division II title loss to Northwestern Missouri State when he was the head coach at Lenoir Rhyne University in North Carolina. "I have so much love and respect for that man". "It's a special community there". "I pinch myself", Klieman said after improving his NDSU record to 54-6.

The sea of purple and gold erupted when the Dukes quickly stopped the Bison on NDSU's first drive of the game. Stick put the ball in the hands of junior running back Bruce Anderson, who thrashed past the Dukes' defensive line into the end zone. NDSU took a 17-13 lead into the fourth quarter with the appearance of next score wins. DeLuca returned to NDSU after losing most of last season to an injury.

"A lot of institutions can have a great team here or there, but those are two great programs", Bison fourth-year coach Chris Klieman said.

After a three-and-out for the Dukes, JMU turned to its most stable unit to turn the momentum back its way.

Urzendowski contributed three grabs for 21 yards. Shepherd added his 50-yard touchdown catch that gave the Bison a 14-3 lead with 4:14 to play in the second quarter.

"If you take the busiest day we've ever had, it doesn't compare to when the Bison are here", Verich said.

The Bison limited James Madison to 241 yards on 62 plays, allowing one touchdown. Derrek Tuszka had two sacks for the Bison.

Watch this JMU receiver make a HELMET CATCH in the FCS Championship

"Those are big sacks, but it doesn't really matter at this point", Robinson said.

"We just watched the film and decided what we liked and didn't like ... and moved on", Klieman said. The Bison saw four of their top five running backs get hurt and lost their two starting cornerbacks in the playoffs. Schor threw for a loss of two yards on 2nd-and-9, he was harassed into a hurried incompletion on 3rd-and-11 and, after a false start, could not complete a blind Hail Mary heave on 4th-and-16 with 1:10 to play.

The Dukes' sloppiest half of the season only got worse as the clock neared halftime. Entering the championship game, Shepherd had 35 catches for 485 yards-no touchdowns.

The Bison built a 17-6 halftime lead, scoring twice off turnovers, and then desperately held on in the final 30 minutes after Marcus Marshall's 1-yard touchdown run early in the third. Shepherd's first touchdown of the season came when Stick hit him in stride at the 15 for a 14-3 lead in the second quarter.

"The demeanor of the team is the same as past year", redshirt senior offensive lineman Aaron Stinnie said.

The Bison accomplished the task by knocking off No. 1 James Madison 17-13 in Frisco, Texas Saturday. Marshall then paraded through a stack off defenders to slip into the end zone and narrow the deficit to 17-13.

Now North Dakota State is back in the finals, and looking to prove past year was a fluke. "They're both experienced and poised, they play within themselves and don't make mistakes, and they can beat you with their arms or legs".

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