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2012 Division I National Title Game, #2 North Dakota State vs. #1 Sam Houston State

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FRISCO, TX--I am in the pressbox getting ready for the game between the Bison and Bearkats. I will have to admit that the pressbox is not quite as nice as the rest of the stadium but it is better than some that I have been to.

The weather right now is cloudy with temperatures in the upper 40s. It is expected to clear off by kickoff.

Like in the my preview, I think turnovers will be the key to game with the winner likely winning this area. Special teams is another area that I really didn't touch in my preview this week and this might also be a key area with the punting and place kicking being a big area as well.

I look forward to this game and will be blogging as we go. I will be providing my opinions and dialog as we go.

I look forward to a great game with a packed house here at FC Dallas Stadium and from the tailgating already happening, it should be a pretty rowdy crowd.

Like I said in my preview, I believe Sam Houston State will win a narrow game but really think this is as close as the statistics show. But we shall see in a couple hours.

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  1. Kent's Avatar
    McNorton gets a nice gain of six on first down but Ojuri gets nothing on second down. Key 3rd & for for NDSU here.
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    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.
  3. Kent's Avatar
    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.
  4. Kent's Avatar
    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.
  5. Kent's Avatar
    The NDSU kick goes out of bounds. The Bearkats will have great field possession at their own 40.
  6. Kent's Avatar
    Sincere is running the Wild Bearkat to begin the SHSU drive and gets three.
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    Flanders gets five to set up a 3rd & 2 from the SHSU 48. Another key play here.
  8. Kent's Avatar
    Flanders gets just one on 3rd down and one on fourth down to get a first down for the Bearkats.
  9. Kent's Avatar
    Huge fourth down conversion for the Bearkats there as Flanders just got over the line.
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    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.
  11. Kent's Avatar
    Flanders gets eight on a nice swing pass from Bell. Another big third down play though at 3rd & 2.
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    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.
  13. Kent's Avatar
    Ojuri with a big 15 yard run to start the Bison drive.
  14. Kent's Avatar
    McNorton gets just two on two plays to set up a 3rd & 8 for the Bison at their own 46.
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    The third down pass looks like it should have been pass inference but goes uncalled.

    The Bison punt sends the Bearkats back to the 1 yard line as NDSU downs it there.

    Like I mentioned, special teams will be huge. So far, I would say NDSU has won this battle.
  16. Kent's Avatar
    We have 4:30 left in the third quarter. SHSU so far has not done what they normally do in the third quarter. We will see if they can dig themselves out of the hole at their own 1 now.
  17. Kent's Avatar
    You can hear the Bison crowd and it causes a SHSU false start. Half yard penalty. Bell just keeps it up the middle for a yard to set up a 2nd & 9
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    Flanders gets four to the 6 to set up a 3rd & 5.
  19. Kent's Avatar
    The long pass from Bell goes too long and SHSU will be forced to punt at their own 6.
  20. Kent's Avatar
    Smith catches the punt at the NDSU 45 with a fair catch call. Given the circumstances, that was a great punt from SHSU's Matt Foster.
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