The run that North Dakota State has put together over the last 11 years is truly remarkable, winning 9 of the last 11 FCS national championships. To put that in perspective, the other two great college football dynasties, Alabama (FBS) and Mount 8 Union (Division III), have 9 combined in the last 13 seasons.
That is worth celebrating and it’s definitely worth taking a look back!
2011 – NDSU 17, Sam Houston 6
The dynasty begins just seven years after NDSU moved up to the FCS level from Division II. This championship marked the school’s ninth overall and its first at the Division I level.
2012 – NDSU 39, Sam Houston State 13
In leading the Bison to their second consecutive national championship win over Sam Houston State, QB Brock Jensen went 9/16 passing for 115 yards while rushing 8 times for 44 yards and 3 touchdowns.
2013 – NDSU 35, Towson 7
A sea of green and gold descended upon Frisco, Texas to watch the Bison capture their third straight national championship in a season in which North Dakota State became the first 15-0 champion since Marshall in 1996.
2014 – NDSU 29, Illinois State 27
In this nail-biter, QB Carson Wentz drove down the field and scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown with just 47 seconds remaining.
2015 – NDSU 37, Jacksonville State 10
In winning its fifth straight national title, NDSU became the first college football program ever to do so.
QB Easton Stick became the third quarterback to win a national championship for the Bison, avenging a 2016 semifinal loss to the Dukes.
2017 – NDSU 17, JMU 13
2018 – NDSU 38, EWU 24
QB Easton Stick accounted for five total touchdowns and didn’t even win the game’s most outstanding player award! That went to WR Darrius Shepherd, who torched Eastern Washington with five receptions for 125 yards and two scores.
2019 – NDSU 28, JMU 20
S James Hendricks ran for a touchdown on a fake field goal and clinched the victory with an interception on the goal line with just 8 seconds remaining.