The North Dakota state football team continued its dynasty on Saturday, scoring a dominant 38-10 victory over Montana State in the FCS National Championship game.
Montana State looked like a formidable opponent for the Bison after an impressive run in the playoffs. Arriving as an eight-seeded, the Bobcats upset seeded Sam Houston State in the quarterfinals and beat South Dakota State, which handed NDSU its only loss of the season, in the semi. -final.
But a key part of their turnaround was first-year quarterback Tommy Mellott, who scored 11 touchdowns in their playoff run. When the Bobcats star injured himself in the game’s first practice, it gave the Bison the upper hand.
The NDSU were fueled by their rushed offense, collecting 268 rushing yards in the first half. Hunter Luepke ran for three touchdowns, but it was Kobe Johnson’s 76-yard touchdown run that put the Bison up 28-0 at halftime.
Cam Miller’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Josh Babicz gave the Bison a 35-0 lead and with Mellott on the sidelines, the Bobcats never had a chance to threaten the NDSU.
The victory comes on top of a dynasty that dominated the football championship subdivision. The Bison won their ninth national title in the past 11 years and are 40-3 in the playoffs in that span. Even more impressively, the Bison improved to 9-0 in the FCS Championship game.
The run was a bit of a surprise considering they lost Trey Lance, who was the third overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft. But the Bison relied on the ground game and continued one of the best sporting dynasties.