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2014 Division I National Championship Game #7 Towson vs. #1 North Dakota State

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FRISCO, Texas--I am in the press box at Toyota Stadium and will be blogging throughout the game.

Towson (13-2) comes into the game as the #7 seed in the playoff field but defeated the #2 Eastern Illinois and #3 Eastern Washington both on the road to get to this game. Those two wins combined with a home win over Fordham to open their playoff run.

North Dakota State (14-0) comes as the #1 seed and defeated Furman, Coastal Carolina, and New Hampshire all at home in the Fargodome rather easily in each contest.

NDSU also comes in owning the past two national championships and are looking to equal the feat of three straight championships of Appalachian State, who won three in a row from 2005-2007.

Towson comes from the Colonial Athletic Association and the three wins this year are the programs first three wins at the Division I level tournament and this is the second playoff season in their history.

NDSU comes from the Missouri Valley Football Conference and have made the past four playoffs and own a 13-1 playoff record in their brief history at the Division I level.

I previewed the game earlier this week and believe NDSU will go back to Fargo with that third national championship trophy.

I just got a word from the Towson SID that the Tigers will be without two starters in TE James Oboh and CB Jordan Love. All I know is that they violated NCAA rules and those two will be suspended for the game but I don't have any further details at this time.

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Updated 01-04-2014 at 11:42 AM by Kent

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  1. Kent's Avatar
    The weather is going to be relatively warm but windy today. The high temperature is expected to be around 60 degrees but a stiff 25 mph wind will make the kicking game a little iffy as it is coming from the west, so there will be a side wind at Toyota Stadium.
  2. Kent's Avatar
    Towson won the coin toss and will defer to the second half. NDSU will get the ball first.
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    The kickoff is a touchback. NDSU will have the ball at their own 25 to start the game.
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    1st & 10 at the NDSU 25. Ryan Smith with a 16 yard sweep.

    1st & 10 at the NDSU 41. False start NDSU foul.

    1st & 15 at the NDSU 36. Andrew Bonnet catch for 4 yards from Brock Jensen.

    2nd & 11 at the NDSU 40. Towson wraps up Sam Ojuri in the backfield for a two yard loss.

    3rd & 13 at the NDSU 38. Pass incomplete.

    4th & 13 at the NDSU 38. NDSU punt goes out of bounds at the Towson 7. Flag on the play is a holding call on Towson so they will be at the 3 now.
  5. Kent's Avatar
    Big stop by the Towson defense there. With the poor field position, we will see if their offense can do something.

    1st & 10 at Towson 4. Terrance Williams on the carry for no gain.

    2nd & 10 at the Towson 4. Towson false start penalty. The nearly 90% NDSU crowd hear is making a lot of noise.

    2nd & 12 at the Towson 2. West on the carry for 5.

    3rd & 7 at the Towson 7. Derrick Joseph with a catch from Peter Athens for 10 yards and a first down.
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    1st & 10 at the Towson 17. Illegal subsitution on Towson.

    1st & 15 at the Towson 12. West on the carry for two.

    2nd & 13 at the Towson 14. Darius Victor on the carry for 6.

    3rd & 7 at the Towson 20. Pass incomplete.

    4th & 7 at the Towson 20. Punt by Jake Ryder is returned by Ryan Smith to the NDSU 46.

    We have 8:23 left in the 1st qtr.
  7. Kent's Avatar
    NDSU defense plays well. The biggest issue right now is the turf at Toyota Stadium. The turf is coming up all over the place. A number of officials are trying to get the turf back in place as is coming up.
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    1st & 10 at the NDSU 46. John Crockett on a huge run down to the Towson 21.

    1st & 10 at the Towson 21. R. Smith with an 8 yards gain.

    2nd & 2 at the Towson 13. Crockett on the carry for seven and a 1st & goal at the 6.

    1st & goal at the Towson 6. Crockett again but just gets one.

    2nd & goal at the Towson 5. Jensen on the QB keeper for no gain but there is a face masking call on Towson so it will be first goal at the Towson 2.

    1st & goal at the Towson 2. Crockett up the middle for the Bison TD. Call is being video reviewed but it appears it will stand and it does.

    PAT by Adam Keller is Good.

    NDSU 7 Towson 0 with 5:34 left in the 1st qtr.
  9. Kent's Avatar
    Huge drive by NDSU there. The field is still getting chewed up.
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    Brian Dowling on the kick return to the Towson 23.
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    1st & 10 at the Towson 23. Pass is batted down by the NDSU line.

    2nd & 10 at the Towson 23. West on the run up the middle for 8.

    3rd & 2 at the Towson 31. Towson with the carry. He gets right to the marker. They will need to measure it.
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    Towson is short.

    4th & 2 feet. 3 yard gain by Athens.

    1st & 10 at the Towson 35. Towson run up the middle for 2.
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    2nd & 8 at the Towson 37. Emmanual Holder with the catch to the Towson 49 but there is a unsportsmanlike conduct foul to move it back 15.

    1st & 10 at the Towson 34. False start Towson.

    1st & 15 at the Towson 29. Athens on the run after being pressured on the pass play--gain of 4.
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    2nd & 11 at the Towson 33. Brian Dowling on the catch for 7.

    3rd & 3 at the Towson 40. Dowling with another catch and run for 37. And NDSU gets a personal foul as well at the end of the play for knocked out of bounds too late.
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    1st & 10 at the NDSU 11. Backup QB Connor Frazier on the run for 3.

    2nd & 10 at the NDSU 8. West on the run for 5.

    3rd & 2 as the NDSU 3. West up the middle (47th this year) for 3 yards and a TD.

    PAT by Drew Evangelista is good.

    Towson 7 NDSU 7 at the end of 1st qtr.
  16. Kent's Avatar
    Huge drive for the Tigers there. I know a number thought that this would be a NDSU easy victory. It does not seem that way right now.

    We shall see how the 2nd qtr goes.
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    The Tigers kickoff is returned by John Crockett but gets just to the NDSU 23 after starting in the end zone.
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    1st & 10 at the NDSU 23. Ojuri with a 2 yard gain.

    2nd & 8 at the NDSU 25. Flee flicker by the Bison but Jensen overthrows Zach Vraa.

    3rd & 8 at the NDSU 25. Ojuri catch but its short of the first down.

    4th & 4 at the NDSU 29. Punt is downed at the Towson 31.

    We have 13:20 left in the first half.
  19. Kent's Avatar
    Huge stop by the Tigers defense there after their offense scored on the prior drive. Let's see how the Bison defense fairs on this drive.
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    1st & 10 at the Towson 31. West carry for no gain.

    2nd & 10 at the Towson 31. West for 4.

    3rd & 6 at the Towson 35. False start on Towson.

    3rd & 11 at the Towson 30. Marcus Williams with a nice pass defense. Towson will be punting.
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