McNorton gets just two on two plays to set up a 3rd & 8 for the Bison at their own 46.
Ojuri with a big 15 yard run to start the Bison drive.
Flanders gets just one on 3rd down. And NDSU's defense comes up big on 4th down.
Mark that play by Cole Jirik tacking Flanders. HUGE momentum changer.
Flanders gets eight on a nice swing pass from Bell. Another big third down play though at 3rd & 2.
Diller with a catch for 10 to the NDSU 38. It was video replayed and confirmed and I couldn't see anything on the replay that would overturn it either.
Huge fourth down conversion for the Bearkats there as Flanders just got over the line.
Flanders gets just one on 3rd down and one on fourth down to get a first down for the Bearkats.
Flanders gets five to set up a 3rd & 2 from the SHSU 48. Another key play here.
Sincere is running the Wild Bearkat to begin the SHSU drive and gets three.
The NDSU kick goes out of bounds. The Bearkats will have great field possession at their own 40.
SHSU will have a key drive here now. The Bearkats have been key in the third quarter with the exception of their semi-final win over Montana (just three points).
I think they need to get Flanders involved as he should very good promise in the prior 2nd qtr drives.
McNorton on the screen pass from Jensen and the Bison blockers down field send him into the endzone. Jastram's PAT is good.
NDSU 10 SHSU 6 with 12:47 left in the 3rd qtr.
That fake punt was huge to change the momentum.
SHSU blitz causes Jensen's pass to sail incomplete.
Voightlander with the punt fake of 27 yards to keep NDSU with the ball at the SHSU 39. He was a RB for the first three years of his career.
McNorton gets a nice gain of six on first down but Ojuri gets nothing on second down. Key 3rd & for for NDSU here.
Williams returns to the NDSU 28.
NDSU set to receive the opening 2nd half kickoff as the sun starts to peak out.
The biggest halftime stats show that SHSU should probably be up larger.
SHSU has won the turnover margin, +2.
SHSU has a slight advantage in yardage with 133 to 120 for NDSU.
The key will be to see if the turnovers stay in SHSU's favor and if both defenses can continue to be at the pace they have held in the first half.
Both teams in the past have had very good turnarounds in the second half. SHSU in the third quarter mainly and NDSU in the fourth quarter.
NDSU will get the ball first in the second half and will try to do something that they have not been very good in the second quarter with three, 3 and outs to end the half.
I remember people at earlier championship games that hated defensive battles. being a fan of defense -a middle linebacker and center myself- I adore it. Give me the trenches where it is all about inches.
NDSU will punt and look for heavy pressure on this. Voightlander gets it off and SHSU gets nothing. Just 4 seconds left so I would expect a kneel down.
That is what happens. Halftime.
Sam Houston State 6 North Dakota State 3.
NDSU is trying to go. Jensen hits Holloway on the first play but just for 2 and then is incomplete on 2nd down.
McNorton catches the pass but losses four. SHSU uses their last timeout with 14 seconds left.