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North Dakota State Bison (14-0)


FCS Playoff Review: North Dakota State 9, Illinois State 3

The Score - No. 1 North Dakota State (14-0) beat Illinois State (10-5) 9-3 in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.

Story Line - Winning a rematch of Missouri Valley Football Conference rivals, the two-time defending national champion Bison advanced to the national semifinals for the ninth straight season, but they had to hold on precariously with defense after Griffin Crosa kicked three field goals in the second quarter. They have won 35 straight games since 2017.

Game Balls - Crosa, a true freshman, converted from 38, 33 and 22 yards to stake NDSU to a 9-0 halftime lead. With Illinois State so run-oriented, junior linebacker Jabril Cox stepped up his play with eight tackles, including six solos. Also, hats off (or helmets) to Illinois State running back James Robinson (24 carries, 94 yards), who ended his three-game playoff run with 102 carries for 611 yards and three touchdowns.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: T. Lance2491
Passing TDs: T. Lance25
Rushing Yards: T. Brooks902
Rushing TDs: A. Cofield11
Receiving Yards: C. Watson644
Receiving TDs: N. Gindorff6
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2019
Date Opponent Result / Time
8/31 vs. Butler W 57 - 10
9/7 vs. North Dakota W 38 - 7
9/14 at Delaware W 47 - 22
9/21 vs. UC Davis W 27 - 16
10/5 at Illinois State W 37 - 3
10/12 vs. UNI W 46 - 14
10/19 vs. Missouri State W 22 - 0
10/26 at South Dakota State W 23 - 16
11/2 at Youngstown State W 56 - 17
11/9 vs. Western Illinois W 57 - 21
11/16 vs. South Dakota W 49 - 14
11/23 at Southern Illinois W 21 - 7
12/7 vs. Nicholls W 37 - 13
12/14 vs. Illinois State W 9 - 3
12/21 vs. Montana State 11:00 PT12:00 MT1:00 CT2:00 ET7:00 GMT3:00 北京时间12:00 MST1:00 CST2:00 EST
Missouri Valley
  Conference Overall
1 North Dakota State 8-0 14-0
6 Northern Iowa 6-2 10-5
13 Illinois State 5-3 10-5
10 South Dakota State 5-3 8-5
Southern Illinois 5-3 7-5
South Dakota 4-4 5-7
Indiana State 3-5 5-7
Youngstown State 2-6 6-6
Missouri State 1-7 1-10
Western Illinois 1-7 1-11
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 6618 (2)
Passing Yards: 2616 (62)
Rushing Yards: 4002 (2)
Points per game: 37.6 (7)
Yards per game: 472.7 (8)
Touchdowns: 69 (2)
Field Goals: 13 (36)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 3749 (14)
Passing Yards: 1863 (4)
Rushing Yards: 1886 (60)
Points per game: 11.6 (1)
Yards per game: 267.8 (2)
Touchdowns: 16 (2)
Field Goals: 14 (102)
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