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#1 North Dakota State vs. Sam Houston State, 2013 National Championship Game

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Frisco, TX--I have arrived in the pressbox at FC Dallas Stadium. It is a cloudy day right now but the sun is supposed to come out by kickoff if the weather forecast is correct. It is 44 degrees right now with a high supposedly to be at 54 this afternoon.

This rematch as I stated before this is the same two schools to play as last year in this game but both have several differences that should in my opinion make this a closer contest that I believe won't be decided until the final possession.

One difference today is that SHSU will be wearing their home orange uniforms and NDSU will be wearing their road white uniforms.

The officials today will be an all-star crew from the Big Sky Conference and having been a part of their media days in the past, they should call a fair game as I know that they really work to get their officials up educated on the recent rule updates and such.

The field looks great with a bright green natural grass that has not seen any kind of game action in 2 months.

The press box is a little cramped as I can remember from a year ago. But that really the only complaint I can make for the whole championship experience. Overall, Frisco and the Southland Conference have done a great job for all of us working the game.

Less than fifty minutes to kickoff and I can't wait for this one to start. Like I mentioned before, I think this game will go down to the wire and the winner most likely will not be decided until the final minutes.

As I mentioned in the prediction, I think the Bearkats will get revenge this year but the game will come down to turnovers and who can make a big or unique play.

We shall see in this rematch.

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  1. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the NDSU 49. Bell's pass is overthrown.

    2nd & 10 at the NDSU 49. Sincere on the wildkat keeper for 4.

    3rd & 10 at the NDSU 45. Bell back to pass but is pressed. He scrambles for a nine yard gain and a Bearkat 1st down.
  2. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the NDSU 36. Flanders slips through for a six yard gain.

    2nd & 4 at the NDSU 30. Bell keeps on the option play and gets nothing.

    3rd & 4 at the NDSU 30. Bell keeps it and gets the first down and a gain of 9.
  3. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the NDSU 21. Flanders gets one but the biggest concern is Brian Bell.

    He cam off limping after that last play. He got hit pretty hard on the prior play by Andre Martin from NDSU on the first down gain.

    This is the end of the 1st qtr with NDSU leading 3-0.
  4. Kent's Avatar
    2nd & 9 at the NDSU 20. Chris Grett was coming in a qb before the 1st qtr. This play is a Wild Bearkat with Sincer keeping it for no gain.

    3rd & 9 at the NDSU 20. Bell is back in but throws it too long to Sincere.

    Big FG attempt by Antonio of 38 yards and it is good.

    SHSU ties the game at 3-3 with 14:18 left in the 2nd qtr.
  5. Kent's Avatar
    Huge points for the Bearkats there. Needed to get on the score there.

    The SHSU kickoff is returned by Smith out to the NDSU 29.
  6. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the NDSU 29. Crockett on a swing pass for five.

    2nd & 5 at the NDSU 34. Jensen on the keeper for a gain of 2.

    3rd & 3 at the NDSU 36. Jensen hits TE Kevin Vaadeland for a 8 yard gain and a 1st down.
  7. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the NDSU 44. Crockett up the middle for a 5 yard run.

    2nd & 5 at the NDSU 49. Crockett again but gets just one.

    3rd & 4 at midfield. Jensen can't hit Smith and NDSU will have to punt.
  8. Kent's Avatar
    The NDSU punt goes into the endzone for a touchback. SHSU will have it 1st & 10 at their on 20.
  9. rwallace's Avatar
    teams seem kind of tight... punt crazy
  10. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the SHSU 20. Sincere keeps on the wild kat for a nine yard gain.

    2nd & 1 at the SHSU 29. Bell keeps and gets the first down for a gain of 3.
  11. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the SHSU 32. Flanders on a huge catch to the NDSU 36. NDSU left him wide open up the middle.
  12. rwallace's Avatar
    first sack of the day
  13. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the NDSU 36. Chance Nelson with the catch for gain of nine.

    2nd & 1 at the NDSU 27. Flanders with a huge run but was aided by a SHSU holding call.

    2nd & 5 at the NDSU 31. Sincere back to pass and is sacked by Kyle Emanual for a nine yard loss.

    3rd & 15 at the NDSU 40. Pass incomplete on a close call of pass interfence or not.

    Sam Houston will punt and is downed at the NDSU 5.
  14. rwallace's Avatar
    three penalties on SHSU have been killing their drives
  15. Kent's Avatar
    Huge sack for the Bison. Not sure on the SHSU call for Sincere to go back and pass nearly in scoring range.
  16. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the NDSU 5. Ojuri runs up the middle for a gain of 2.

    2nd & 8 at the NDSU 7. Jensen tries to go deep to Smith but it too far.

    3rd & 8 at the NDSU 7. Jensen is nearly sacked but makes a good move to escape to basically throw the ball away.

    NDSU to punt. Another bad kick of just 38 yards.
  17. rwallace's Avatar
    SHSU is getting their chances with great field position
  18. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the NDSU 45. Flanders runs to the right and gets 2.

    2nd & 8 at the NDSU 43. Marcus Williams picks off the Bell pass and returns it to the NDSU 28.

    That is Williams' 17th INT in his career (6th this year) and is now the career leader in that category.
  19. rwallace's Avatar
    wow, Bell can't overthrow with Marcus Williams back there, nice INT for NDSU
  20. rwallace's Avatar
    Darnell Taylor down hurt on the long scamper by Jensen
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