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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
    Towson punt goes out of bounds at the NDSU 21 where the Bison will start. We have 11:28 left in the first half.
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    1st & 10 at the NDSU 21. Crockett with the catch for 8.

    2nd & 2 at the NDSU 29. False start by NDSU

    2nd & 7 at the NDSU 24. Another NDSU foul for delay of game.

    2nd & 12 at the NDSU 19. Jensen with the qb keeper but just a 3 yard gain.

    3rd & 9 at the NDSU 22. Pass to Trevor Gebhart is too high and incomplete.

    Towson stops the Bison again.
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    Dowling with a 12 yard punt return.

    1st & 10 at the Towson 49. West for 4 on run up the middle.

    2nd & 6 at the NDSU 47. Nine yard gain by Dowling.

    1st & 10 at the NDSU 38. Throw away by Athens after getting pressured.

    2nd & at the NDSU 38. West up the middle for 6.

    3rd & 4 at the NDSU 32. West on the run and gets 5 for a first down.
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    1st & 10 at the NDSU 27. Pass is thrown away by Athens.

    2nd & 10 at the NDSU 27. Victor carries and the field conditions tackle him back at the 30.

    3rd & 12 at the NDSU 30. Frazier on the catch but only 6 yard gain.

    4th & 7 at the NDSU 24. 41 yard FG attempt blocked by Colten Heagle and returned by Kyle Emanual down to the Towson 5.

    HUGE PLAY FOR THE BISON HERE.

    1st & goal at the Towson 5. Ryan Smith on the carry and TD for the Bison.

    PAT is good.

    NDSU 14 Towson 7. 4:43 left in the first half.
  5. Kent's Avatar
    What a turnaround when it looked like Towson would take the lead and NDSU gets the field goal block.

    This might be the turning point in the game.
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    The Bison kickoff is returned to the Derrick Joseph to the Towson 26.
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    1st & 10 at the 26. 19 yard gain by West on the ground.

    1st & 10 at the Towson 45. West again for just 4 this time.

    2nd & 6 at the Towson 49. Victor on the run for 5.

    3rd & 1 at thd NDSU 46. Victor again and he gets the first down but just a gain of 1.
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    1st & 10 at the NDSU 45. CJ Smith intercepts Athens and returns it back to the Towson 43.
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    1st & 10 at the Towson 43. Ojuri run for 4.

    2nd & 6 at the Towosn 39. Pass blocked by Towson line.

    3rd & 6 at the Towson 39. TE Kevin Vaadelenad for a first down--gain of 9.

    1st & 10 at the Towson 30. Ojuri on the screen pass for 18 yards.

    Time out NDSU with 1:10 left in the half.
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    1st & 10 at the Towson 12. Vraa catch for the NDSU TD--12 yards.

    PAT is good.

    NDSU 21 Towson 7 with 1:05 left in the first half.
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    The NDSU kickoff is returned Dowling for 21 yards to the Towson 34.
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    1st & 10 at the Towson 34. 7 yard gain on a pass to Dessenberg.

    2nd & 3 at the Towson 41. 2 yard catch by Dessenberg.

    3rd & 1 at the Towson 43. Athens sacked by Cole Jirik.

    Time out NDSU with 11 seconds left in the half.

    Punt rolls and the clock runs out for the end of the first half.

    North Dakota State 21 Towson 7.
  13. Kent's Avatar
    The biggest play of the first half has to be the blocked field goal and the return. That changed the momentum from Towson to NDSU.

    Then the next possession for Towson was an interception.

    One key for the Tigers all week was they needed to win the turnover battle to have a chance.

    The Tigers get the ball to start the second half and I believe it will be key to get a score on that possession.
  14. Kent's Avatar
    The NDSU kickoff is kicked out of the end zone for a touchback.

    Towson will take over at their own 25.
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    1st & 10 at the Towson 25. West with a big hole and gets 18.

    1st & 10 at the Towson 43. West again for 2.

    2nd & 8 at the Towson 45. West again for no gain.

    3rd & 8 at the Towson 45. Pass incomplete to Dressenberg.

    4th & 8 at the Towson 45. Towson punt rolls dead at the NDSU 12.
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    1st & 10 at the NDSU 12. False start on NDSU.

    1st & 15 at the NDSU 7. Crockett on the carry for 1.

    2nd & 14 at the NDSU 8. Vraa with an incrediable catch of 19 yards leaping out to get it.

    1st & 10 at the NDSU 27. Crockett with a huge gain to the Towson 45. (28 yard gain)
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    1st & 10 at the Towson 45. Vraa with another nice catch for 20.

    1st & 10 at the Towson 25. Crockett with a carry for just a yard.

    2nd & 9 at the Towson 24. Smith with a catch and great move to avoid a defender to gain 16.

    1st & goal at the Towson 8. Vraa on the end around but loses a yard.

    2nd & goal at the Towson 9. Jensen on the qb keeper and a Bison TD--gain of 9.

    PAT is good.

    NDSU 28 Towson 7 with 9:09 left in the 3rd qtr.
  18. Kent's Avatar
    The reason for the field conditions was a ice storm in late November that caused the field conditions.
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    The Bison kickoff is downed in the end zone. 1st & 10 for the Tigers at their own 25.
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    1st & 10 at the Towson 25. Joseph on a catch for a gain of 20.

    1st & 10 at the Towson 45. West on the carry for 4.

    2nd & 6 at the Towson 49. West on the carry for 1 but their is a flag on the play. Face mask on Towson so there is no play.
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