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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
    With 2:53 left in the 3rd qtr, we are still at NDSU 10 SHSU 6. Another huge possession here.
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    Two incompete passes from Jensen has NDSU. The last to Smith is being reviewed and I couldn't see anything to overturn it and the Video Replay agrees.

    Jensen is pressured and can't get away with a 1 yard loss.

    The punt is returned to the 33 but there is a block in the back foul on the Bearkats to send them back to the SHSU 10.
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    Sincere in the wild kat gets just two to the 12 on first down.
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    Sincere with another 3rd down with just a yard on 2nd down from Sincere.

    Bell hits Williams on a 11 yard pass that keeps the drive going out to the SHSU 24.

    That is the end of the third quarter.

    One quarter left and NDSU found the only offense with the fake punt and the McNorton pass catch.

    We shall see what happens in the fourth quarter. NDSU has owned this quarter in the past postseason games.
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    SHSU has an incomplete from Bell and then a loss of a yard from Flanders. 3rd & 11 is a huge play here from the 23.

    Flanders catches it but is short of the first down. 4th and 7 from the 27.

    The SHSU punt sends the Bison back to their own 28.
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    SHSU will need to come up big on defense here. NDSU helps them out with a false start to begin the drive. 1st & 15 now from the 23.
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    NDSU has it at 3rd & 5 at the 33 after two, five yard gains.

    Jensen appears as if he was looking for the shovel pass but keeps it for just a two yard gain to the 35.

    SHSU fair catches the punt at their own 28. We have 11:34 left in the game.
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    SHSU has not gotten much going on offense in the second half and will try to change that on this drive.

    Bell flips out of bounds while out of the pocket for an incomplete.
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    Flanders gets it out to the 30--just a gain of 1 (actually started at the 29 on this drive).

    Huge 3rd down again. Williams with a huge gain on this play to the NDSU 45.
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    Flanders loses two on the next play for a 2nd & 12 from the 47 of NDSU.

    Sincere gets nothing, actually loses a yard, on second down as the NDSU defense swarmed to the ball to stop him in his tracks.

    Third and 13. LB Travis Beck picks Bell off and nearly scores on the return. First and 10 at the half yard line. 63 yard return by Beck.

    Not sure what Bell saw here. It looks like Beck was the intended receiver.

    The play is being video replayed to see if he scored but appeared to me as if he was down inside the one yard line like the officials spotted.
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    Jensen sneaks it in from a yard for the touchdown. PAT is good.

    NDSU leads 17-6 with 8:45 left.

    It will be tough for the Bearkats with the way they run offensively.
  12. Kent's Avatar
    With the way the NDSU defense has performed, it looks like the Bison will be tough to score on.

    SHSU returns just to their own 26, Keith Blanton on the return.
  13. Kent's Avatar
    Bell does not seem like he can throw the ball very well. He over threw his first down pass and his second down pass is tipped incomplete.
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    The NDSU defense seems relentless. Bell gets pressured but gets the pass off to Flanders on a short pass but losses two yards.

    NDSU gets the pun at their own 29. This is a position where NDSU has dominated their playoff opponents and will look to use their great ground game to run this clock out.
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    Two short runs by the Bison have them with a 3rd and 9 from the 30. We have 6:57 left.

    NDSU is just 1-of-10 on third down yet still are mulitple scores ahead.
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    NDSU gets a pass to FB Andrew Grothmann but gets nothing. Sam Houston State calls their first time out with 6:12 left in the game.

    NDSU will be punting at 4th & 9.
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    Closner with a very good return on the punt to the SHSU 41. Time is 5:57 left as SHSU starts this drive.
  18. Kent's Avatar
    SHSU must score on this drive if they have any chance at this game in my opinion.
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    SHSU starts out on the ground with Flanders for seven. The Bearkats are in the hurry up mode as Bell keeps it for 5 to get the first down.
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    Bell throws and it is tipped. The second down play goes to Flanders for a loss of three.

    3rd & 13 for SHSU. This is a must make either no or on 4th down.
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