Holmen's Seth Wilson helps NDSU qualify for FCS championship

Elias Hubbard
December 17, 2017

The Bison's 55 points and 642 offensive yards were program records in the playoffs.

The Bison figured to score against a Bearkats defense that came in No. 90 in the FCS in scoring defense.

The Bison defense also held Sam Houston quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe, the nation's leading passer, in check, intercepting the senior three times in his final college game.

- Marquise Bridges tied Christian Dudzik and Marcus Williams with the most interceptions in a game for NDSU with 2. "We made a bunch of explosive plays".

Anderson's ability on the ground was the primary storyline, as he demonstrated a Le'Veon Bell-like patience at the line of scrimmage and waited for holes to open before he consistently burst through them for explosive plays.

Stick went 10 of 17 for 160 yards and rushed for 32 yards. The Bearkats' lone touchdown came on a 2-yard pass from Jeremi Briscoe to Nathan Stewart in the third quarter.

NDSU went ahead with a 10-play, 75-yard march capped by Stick's six-yard TD run, then got a 62-yard TD from Anderson on the first play of the next drive following Bridges' first interception.

There was no stopping the Bison on offense.

Bruce Anderson rushed for three touchdowns, caught two TD passes and accounted for 237 yards on 19 touches. Wilson, a freshman who had 213 yards rushing coming in, finished with for 194 yards on 24 carries.

Anderson was dominant as North Dakota State gashed the Bearkats on the ground with 471 rushing yards in the blowout win.

The Bison also suffered some injuries to key players as running back Ty Brooks suffered an apparent shoulder injury and cornerbacks Jaylaan Wimbush and Jalen Allison left the game in the first half.

NDSU 35 SHSU 3 - Anderson rushes for a 33-yard touchdown with 6:16 left in the second quarter.

Sam Houston State, the No. 6 seed in the playoffs, actually led 3-0 after Tre Honshtein kicked a 28-yard field goal to cap a 13-play opening drive, but the Bison scored touchdowns on each of their first-quarter possessions and six of their seven in the first half.

Sam Houston will never win it all if its defense continues to play as poorly as it has in head coach K.C. Keeler's four years at the helm. "I can't say enough about how good they are". James Madison ended the Bison's run of five straight national championships with a semifinal victory last season and the Jackrabbits, second to the Bison in the MVFC, beat North Dakota State 33-21 at home on November 4.

NDSU 7 SHSU 3 - Easton Stick rushes for a 6-yard touchdown with 6:30 left in the first quarter. In the last four years, the Bearkats have been eliminated by a combined 217-33 margin.

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