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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 28. Smith runs for 1.

    2nd & 9 at the NDSU 29. Trevor Gebhart gets 6 on a pass.

    3rd & 3 at the NDSU 35. Jensen can't find anyone to throw to but scrambles for the first down.

    The big thing now is the concern of SHSU S Darnell Taylor, who looked like to me just fell down. He is being helped off the field and looks doubtful that he will return.
  2. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the SHSU 44. Ryan Smith on the end around and a huge gain of 24.
  3. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the SHSU 20. Jensen keeps the ball and gets into end zone on a run.

    Touchdown NDSU and the PAT is good.

    NDSU 10 SHSU 3 with 3:09 left in the first half.
  4. rwallace's Avatar
    sweet broken play (?) run for the first TD of the day, NDSU needs that cushion
  5. Kent's Avatar
    Huge turnover by SHSU when they were in NDSU territory and a huge drive by NDSU.

    Key is to get in the endzone and NDSU did just that on that drive.
  6. Kent's Avatar
    NDSU's kickoff is downed in the end zone for a touchback.

    SHSU will have it 1st & 10 at their own 25.
  7. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the SHSU 25. Sincere on the keeper for 2.

    2nd & 8 at the SHSU 27. Diller with the catch for a Bearkat first down to the NDSU 37.
  8. rwallace's Avatar
    Olson doing his job on the SHSU run game
  9. Kent's Avatar
    1st & 10 at the SHSU 37. Sincere with a 7 yard reception.

    2nd & 3 at the SHSU 44. Flanders up the middle for the SHSU first down. Gain of 4.
  10. rwallace's Avatar
    halftime adjustments will be key for the second stanza
  11. Kent's Avatar
    2nd & 2 at the SHSU 44. Bell is intercepted by Andre Martin but is called for a hold to keep the SHSU drive going.
  12. rwallace's Avatar
    SHSU gets a break on the second INT, holding penalty on NDSU
  13. rwallace's Avatar
    NDSU getting good pressure in the pass rush
  14. Kent's Avatar
    After the holding, SHSU gets a four yard pass and an incompletion to set up a key 3rd down.

    Sincere with a big catch on the play to the NDSU 1. SHSU takes their first time out. We have 37 seconds left in the opening half.
  15. rwallace's Avatar
    that long pass to Sincere will loosen up the pass rush
  16. rwallace's Avatar
    haha, the touchdown cannon went off prematurely
  17. Kent's Avatar
    1st & goal at the NDSU 1. Bell with a pass to K.J. Williams for the Bearkat TD.

    PAT is good.

    SHSU ties it again. SHSU 10 NDSU 10 with 33 seconds left in the opening half.
  18. rwallace's Avatar
    those halftime adjustments, something both coaches are known for, loom large with a tied game
  19. Kent's Avatar
    Huge drive by the Bearkats just before the half. Just like I thought it would be--a very close game.
  20. Kent's Avatar
    SHSU squibs the kickoff and NDSU takes over at their own 37.
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