gawd that replay took FOREVER!
Well, I was wrong. After a closer look, Smith's knee was down when he caught is to NDSU will face a 4th down.
4th & 2 at the SHSU 15. Adam Keller in for a 32 yard FG attempt and it is good.
NDSU opens the game's scoring. NDSU 3 SHSU 0 with 3:49 left in the 1st qtr.
The video replay group will take a look at the last play to see if Smith may have been down before the first down.
It looks like on the replay here in the press box that the field officials got it right.
1st & 10 at the SHSU 23. Ryan Smith on the end around and he gets 4 on the play.
2nd & 6 at the SHSU 19. Sam Ojuri gets his first carry of the game and gets two.
3rd & 4 at the SHSU 17. Smith with the catch from Jensen and NDSU gets the first down.
1st & 10 at their own 20. John Crockett with a huge 57 yard gain. That is just what the NDSU offense needed.
Let's see what the Bison offense can do. So far they have done little on their prior two drives.
NDSU dodged the bullet on that drive as SHSU was driving. The Bison will take over at their own 20.
1st & 10 at the NDSU 17. Bell overthrows this pass.
2nd & 10 at the NDSU 17. Flanders up the middle for nothing.
3rd & 10 at the NDSU 17. Flanders with the catch but only for a 2 yard gain.
4th & 10 at the NDSU 15. 32 yard FG by Miguel Antonio is wide right.
We are still scoreless with 6:26 left in the opening quarter.
1st & 10 at the NDSU 38. Flanders on the carry up the middle for a yard.
2nd & 9 at the NDSU 37. Sincere again at QB and keeps it for no gain.
3rd & 9 at the NDSU 37. Sincere on the pass catch for a big gain of 20 and a huge 3rd down pickup.
1st & 10 at the NDSU 39. Richard Sincere in at QB in the Wild Bearkat format for a big gain of 28 yards but SHSU is called for holding.
1st & 19 at the NDSU 48. SHSU gets called for a false start. The large NDSU crowd causes that one it seems.
1st & 24 at the SHSU 47. Pass intended for Diller is incomplete but Marcus Williams is called for a pass interference and 15 yards forward.
So far it has been a very defensive game with just one first down. SHSU has the one first down and looked to set up for a second but NDSU stopped the 3rd & 1.
Now with the bad punt, the Bearkats will have the short field. Let's see what they can do with it.
1st & 10 at the NDSU 5. John Crockett on the carry for a yard.
2nd & 9 at the NDSU 6. Jensen's pass is way overthrown to Ryan Smith.
3rd & 9 at the NDSU 6. Jensen can't hit Smith again and the Bison will have to punt.
4th & 9 at the NDSU 6. Bad kick from Lecompte--only 33 yards and goes out of bounds at the NDSU 39.
1st & 10 at the SHSU 20. Trey Diller with a 11 yard gain from Brian Bell.
1st & 10 at the SHSU 31. Tim Flanders outside for a 5 yard gain.
2nd & 5 at the SHSU 36. Bell keeps it for 4.
3rd & 1 at the SHSU 40. Flanders on the carry for no gain.
4th & 1 at the SHSU 40. SHSU will punt. Matt Foster's punt is downed at the NDSU 5.
1st & 10 at the NDSU 25. Andrew Okland with an 8 yard catch from Brock Jensen.
2nd & 2 at the NDSU 33. Jensen over throws Zach Vraa, incompleted.
3rd and 2 at the NDSU 33. Andre Grothmann on the carry up the middle for nothing.
4th & 2 at the NDSU 33. Ben Lecompte punts it 37 yards with no return--fair catch by the Bearkats.
Marcus Williams recieves the kickoff but kneels down five yards deep. 1st & 10 for NDSU as their own 25.
Sam Houston State has won the coin toss and defered to the second half. NDSU will get the ball to begin the game.
ESPN has already announced that the kickoff of the game will be delayed to allow for the conclusion of a basketball game to not interupt the start of this game. Kickoff will now be at 12:10.
Two kneel downs and this game is complete. We will have a championship game rematch from a year ago.
FINAL Sam Houston State 45 Eastern Washington 42.
GREAT GAME. GREAT TWO SEMIFINAL GAMES.
59 seconds left and all SHSU has to do is kneel down. EWU has no more TO's.
3rd & 3 at the EWU 21. Flanders with a 2nd effort and gets the 1st down.
That wraps this great game up.