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Peterson: Where does 2017 Bison defense rank against previous five FCS title runs?

North Dakota State's Nick DeLuca celebrates with teammates after the Bison defeated James Madison during the NCAA FCS championship game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. David Samson / The Forum

Defense played a critical role in North Dakota State winning a sixth championship in seven seasons with a 17-13 victory against James Madison on Saturday, Jan. 6, for the NCAA Division I FCS championship.

The Bison (14-1) held the previously undefeated Dukes (14-1) to a season low in points and total yards as James Madison finished with 241. In the four playoff games, NDSU held opponents to an average of 9.8 points and 236.3 yards per game.

The Bison held all four opponents to season lows in points and total yards in a game.

So where does this defensive playoff dominance rank with the previous five championship runs? Let’s take a look.


Eric Peterson
Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.

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