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It was a poetic finish to a fairytale run. NDSU, six years removed from entering Division I, clinched its first FCS title after a North Dakota born and bred freshman made the play of a lifetime.
With the Bison nursing a 10-6 lead, Sam Houston State quarterback Brian Bell dropped back to pass on third-and-long. The Bearkats explosive quarterback threw over the middle at the NDSU 36. Munich, North Dakota, native Travis Beck had undercut the route, stepped in front of Bell’s pass, secured his first career interception and raced down the sidelines.
As fast you could say, “unhitch the trailer!” Beck soared trough the air toward the pylon. He broke the end zone plane successful but stepped out at the five.
However, the image of this moment will never be forgotten for Bison fans who lived through the Division I transition. With one masterful read and interception by a small-town North Dakota linebacker, any doubt that making the jump was a mistake vanished. NDSU would become a force to be reckoned with in Division I from that day forward.