good D for NDSU
SHSU faces a 3rd and 2 after a nice 8 yard game then throws an incompletion.
Like I mentioned in the pregame, special teams will be a huge factor. When it looked like SHSU would get great field possession, NDSU gets a huge special teams play on the punt to help out the defense.
wow a season long 66 yard punt
NDSU has the first bonehead play of the day with a personal foul on Matt Veldman. NDSU is backed up to their own 15 wiht a 2nd & 21 now.
QB Brock Jensen with a keeper gets 5. The Bison face a 3rd and 16 from their 20. Jensen's pass is too high for Veldman.
The Bison get a huge kick from Matt Voigtlander on his punt to send SHSU back to their own 14.
NDSU's band sounds awesome ond LOUD
NDSU gets a first down on what has gotten them here all season long with a DJ McNorton run and a pass to Veldeman.
The SHSU punt rolls dead at the NDSU 14. We have 12:25 left in the 1st qtr and NDSU gets their first crack with ball.
Bell's 2nd down pass is too high and SHSU will have it at 3rd and 19 from their own 44.
Bell keeps it on the option and gets only a yard.
It is 4th and 18 from the SHSU 45.
right here with ya Kent... those yellow tops with green bottoms are sharp for the Bison, and all white for the Bearkats
SHSU is backed up on an illegal formation play. The next play on an option read is blown up by NDSU's Marcus Williams.
Richard Sincere with a great gain with the game's first play on a great play action from quarterback Brian Bell. The Bearkats are out to the NDSU 47.
SHSU returns the kick back only to the 17.
SHSU wins the coin flip and will take the ball to begin the game. This game is ready to go as NDSU is ready to kick.
We are ready for football with a great national anthem.
The mostly sunny skies forecast has changed to be mostly cloudy as we near kickoff.
The starting lineups are now be announced for both squads and for both sides of the ball.
We are getting ready. Just from the sound of the crowd, there likely is more NDSU fans here than SHSU fans but folks are still filling into FC Dallas Stadium.
I am getting excited now. Both teams are warming up on the field now. Just 45 minutes to settle who is best not only in the West but best in the country! I am excited as it is the first time that I have seen the two West teams make the championship game in my time covering FCS.
I spent a little time in the Tailgating Area and it had swarms of people from both teams. I think that those that thought this game might be a home game for SHSU might be in for an awakening. I believe there were just as many NDSU folks out today as SHSU fans.
Just an update on the officials for the game. It is a Colonical Athletic Association crew. The replay booth will be handled by the Big 12 Conference.
I am ready for some football.
Bell with one last kneel down and the Bearkats are going to the national title game.
FINAL: Sam Houston State 31 Montana 28. SHSU will take on the winner of the Georgia Southern and North Dakota State on January 7th in Frisco.
This is the first national title game appearance for Sam Houston State.