North Dakota State repeats national championship win
Published: Sunday, January 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, January 6, 2013 14:01
FRISCO, TX- North Dakota State rode their second quarter momentum into the second half to retain their title as national champions with a 39-13 victory over Sam Houston State in the NCAA Division I Football Championship at FC Dallas Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Bearkat offense was its own enemy throwing four interceptions and committing costly penalties (7-80) as quarterback Brock Jensen led the NDSU offense to outscore SHSU 28-3 in the second half.
“They had some new wrinkles, I thought they did a good job in the passing game and the running game,” SHSU coach Willie Fritz said. “They out-populated us with blockers; we didn’t have real good fits.”
Quarterback Brian Bell played an offensive tug-of-war with Jensen to close out the first half.
Bell connected with receiver Richard Sincere for 26 yards to the NDSU 49 to eventually set up kicker Miguel Antonio for a 38 yard field goal to tie the score at three. Bell returned to Sincere for a 30 yard completion at the end of the half to complete a one yard touchdown pass to K.J. Williams to even the score at 10 going into halftime.
Bell could not shake the NDSU secondary.
A late second quarter interception from junior cornerback Marcus Williams gave Jensen and company momentum to close out the first half, leading Bell to set the tone for the Bearkats in the third quarter with his second interception from Carlton Littlejohn in the first drive of the second half. Williams’ sixth interception of the season gave the defensive back the NDSU all-career interception record
“Our coach told me it’s good [SHSU] is throwing the ball. You’re going to make the play to end the game or turn the game around and I bought into that,” Williams said. “Football is a game of momentum. If you’re up, you’re up. If you’re high, you’re high.”
Jensen found comfort attacking the outsides with an injured Darnell Taylor on the sidelines the second half. Two of Jensen’s three rushing touchdowns came during the second half as SHSU’s defense struggled to contain NDSU’s rush attack.
“Obviously when you lose a two time All-American it’s going to hurt you,” Fritz said.
Running back Sam Ojuri rushed for 92 yards on 14 touches and secured two touchdowns in the second half.
NDSU’s defensive zone coverage silenced running back Timothy Flanders to 53 total yards, and contained the passing game to 275 yards as SHSU’s offensive line struggled with penalties.
“All the decisions made out there are subjective decisions,” Fritz said. “There were some opportunities there that could have gotten us back in the game, that would have been an answer or two to their quick scores but it didn’t bounce that way. We didn’t get that call. You got to fight through that and we didn’t.”
As the No. 1 seed in the 2012 playoffs, North Dakota finished with a 14-1 record and joined Georgia Southern (1985-1986, 1989-1990), Youngstown State (1993-1994) and Appalachian State (2005-2007) as repeat FCS national champions.