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Welcome to the countdown to Frisco! Starting Christmas Day with a “The Twelve Days of Christmas” theme, we’ll feature a Bison football player per day who had a memorable FCS Championship game. Join us as we countdown these remarkable memories and get ready for the big game Jan. 6!
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Carson Wentz – Frisco IV
Replacing the all-time winningest quarterback in FCS history is quite the task. But Carson Wentz achieved legendary status after his junior season playoff performances. His clutch play earned NDSU its fourth straight national championship in Chris Klieman and his staff’s first season together.
Illinois State quarterback Tre Roberson ran 58 yards for a touchdown to put the Redbirds up 23-21 with 1:38 remaining in the game. Wentz’s clutch gene that ultimately helped him rise up the NFL Draft boards to No. 2 overall was then shown to a national audience. After a false start penalty, Wentz connected with RJ Urzendowski three times. The first were back-to-back throws of 32 and 13 yards. Then, on a third-and-10 at the ISU 38-yard line, Wentz floated a pass to the true freshman wide receiver and Urzendowski caught it at the 5-yard line. The next play, Wentz kept it himself and scored the game-winning touchdown. The Bison went 78 yards in six plays and found the end zone with 37 seconds left.
Wentz finished the game completing 15 of 22 passes for 237 yards and rushing 16 times for 87 yards. The Bismarck, North Dakota, native earned the game’s Most Outstanding Player award.