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The 2013 FCS National Championship game is remembered for a few things. Obviously, the unbeaten Bison were one game away from clinching their first undefeated season since 1990 and Craig Bohl and most of his staff were coaching their last game for the green and gold. But fans that were at the game will never forget the brutal field conditions the Bison and Towson were up against for most of the afternoon.
During media timeouts, players, officials and Toyota Stadium staff worked diligently on the field to fixed divots that littered the field. It probably didn’t help that the Bison rushing attack was chewing up the turf during their successful stampedes down the field.
NDSU went for 210 yards on the ground during their 35-7 victory over Towson. Senior running back Sam Ojuri ran for 85 yards on 15 carries while junior back John Crockett ran for 86 yards on nine carries.
Two of the starters on the offensive line were drafted in the NFL. Senior Billy Turner and sophomore Joe Haeg bookend the line and both play in the NFL. Senior Tyler Gimmestad and sophomore Josh Colville and Zack Johnson rounded out a Bison offensive line that averaged more than 250 rushing yards per game.