But in the Football Championship Subdivision there is always this Fargo dynasty that is ready to win a national championship through another path that is even beyond the well-known North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance. This avenue came on Saturday, and the bison's 28:20 lead became final when a senior security guard, who felt like a coach for the game, spotted the formation, left his man, and floated himself.
This James Hendricks had already walked 20 yards on an open boulevard to get a touchdown on a game in the second quarter in which he had been the holder of a wrong field goal. Now he reached the goal line and gave DiNucci a mere sixth interception of the year and the excellent game first sales, then ran up the field 20 meters, then slipped and started another bison celebration.
"I just left my boy," said Hendricks, "and knew they would throw it and trusted that he would throw it in the apartment and not the boy I was supposed to cover."
"Brandon Polk is the first option that looked open," DiNucci said of his recipient. "I didn't see number 6, he did a damned piece."
"He did it," said Matt Entz, North Dakota's first year coach, shortly after a pause and a smile at whether Hendricks should have given up. "And that's exactly what playmakers do."
After all the games in a thrilling game with Lance and his 166 yards, North Dakota State became the national FCS for the eighth time in the last nine seasons and for the third time since James Madison spent the 2016-17 season -Master a one year hiatus. It was the first 16-0 team in a college football league since Yale in 1894 when Yale played a smaller game plan, albeit with fewer helmets. The whole thing extended the Bison's last winning streak to 37 games and went back to November 4, 2017, when the bison went to the state of South Dakota, grappling with a few jackrabbits, spilled five sales, defeated 33-21 at home went and clearly felt upset about it.
It also left James Madison at 14-2 and in this strange corridor of emotions between love and disappointment. Curt Cignetti, first year coach of the Dukes: “This is the last time this team is together as we know it, and I hate that we have to go the way we are. But that is life. "
6-foot-5 receiver Riley Stapleton, a Godzilla Saturday with 10 catches for 100 yards, including a large 22-yard surcharge for the Dukes' final, dramatic bid in 10 games and 60 yards in a tie: “It was past an amazing experience. I would not change it for the world. JMU has a special place in my heart. It's hard to look back now because it hurts so much. "
Ron’Dell Carter, who switched from Rutgers three years ago, said: "I wish I had come here as a real newbie … because this place is just so special, man."
State the reasons why they ended up with a dodged 14: 2 rather than a dizzying 15: 1, and the top spot should go to an intelligent, fast, tough, strong, patient, spectacular, steady, cunning, and adaptable quarterback who appears to have everything. Lance, the 6-foot-3, 221-pound red shirt newcomer from Marshall, Minnesota, who was the first newcomer to win the Walter Payton Award for best player in FCS on Friday, left tough, great runs. The team led at 21: 7 and 28:13 before James Madison showed his unusual inner mustard.
In particular, three of Lance's runs called: a 32-yard battle for the third and an eleven-yard battle for the first possession of the State of North Dakota; a 14-yard miracle in which he hit two linebackers and half of the Frisco population seemed to be pulling the last 10 yards; and a 44-yard touchdown on places three and 23 where he took the left and overtook both rosters.
"He's only a cut higher," said Cignetti, adding soon, "you saw him go through linebacker in the first half.
"He makes the people around him better," said bison-tight Ben Ellefson.
"A big testament for the guys around me," said Lance, steadfastly modest.
A starter of the first season had just finished 16 games with 287 pass attempts and 28 touchdown passes and a very good zero interception. "You never plan to do it like this, no," said Entz, amazed at the youthful cunning.
Aside from all that and the wrong field goal and the wrong opposite, where Phoenix Sproles touched down 38 yards with a lead of 14-7, the Dukes ultimately reserved the right to engage in the age-old practice of kicking , After the country's two best FCS teams were done and Carter said, "You live here for this type of game," Cignetti considered the mistakes and times when Lance got away and said, "I think you have JMU- Lightning seen football, but unfortunately there were too many large, negative games that turned out to be too much to overcome. "
Drives were stopped before the last stop for field goals of 27 and 26 meters, and bison linebacker Jackson Hankey said: “We are very proud of that. "And something like that showed up today."
And DiNucci, who scored 22 of 33 passes for 204 yards, said, "Frankly, I don't think they won the game. Frankly, I think we lost it." He mentioned the bison's "trick games" and the Possibility that James Madison "wiped out" the dynasty. It looked like the first time when 17,866 people gathered and the snow in the morning in northern Texas stopped and James Madison started the kind of ride that even a football fanatic rarely saw. It went 86 meters through 17 games, 12 rushes, five passes, smart calls.
It looked like Cignetti would later say about his team: “Really great culture and karma. These guys, to be honest, have never had a bad day. “In the tough world of football, they ended up as a 14-2 team that started and ended with masterful effort to the last floating ball.