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  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Derrek Tuszka, DE, North Dakota State,...Tuszka, a senior from Warner, S.D., was the Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He had 19.0 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, seven quarterback hurries and five pass breakups. He finished sixth in NDSU history with 42.0 career TFLs and fifth all-time with 29.5 sacks. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#18 DE) rSr/2020 DE Derrek TuszkaNorth Dakota State
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  It's easy to say North Dakota State winning another FCS national championship was fate, destiny, something supernatural. But don't. To help college football move toward the conclusion of its 150th season, North Dakota State fittingly beat James Madison 28-20 on Saturday while playing the 150th game of one of the greatest decades the sport has ever witnessed. Quite frankly, the Bison have taken "dynasty" by the horns and not relied on magical powers; they are the power in the FCS and create the magic. To cap the 2019 season under first-year coach Matt Entz, the first FCS program to finish 16-0 made it three straight national titles and eight in the final nine seasons of the decade. Their record was a gaudy 137-13 (.913), including an FCS-record 37-game winning streak since 2017.

Redshirt freshman Trey Lance, fresh off winning the Stats Perform FCS Walter Payton Award Friday night, was named the championship game's most outstanding player, carrying the ball 30 times for 166 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown scramble to open the fourth quarter, which made it 28-13. Still, the top-ranked Missouri Valley Conference champ had to hold on against James Madison (14-2) in the closing seconds. The Dukes, who stalked the Bison all season at No. 2, pulled within 28-20 on quarterback Ben DiNucci's second 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Riley Stapleton with 6:55 left. They got the ball back with just under three minutes to go and drove to the Bison 3 with eight seconds left, but safety James Hendricks intercepted DiNucci at the goal line to preserve the win. - AP College Football


(DS#2 QB) rSo/2023 QB Trey LanceNorth Dakota State
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  2019 STATS FCS WALTER PAYTON AWARD WINNER: It's never been done before. That phrase describes many accomplishments of the North Dakota State football dynasty over the past nine seasons, but the Bison added to the list on the eve of the national championship game at the STATS FCS Awards banquet. North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance became the first freshman winner in the 33-year history of the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award on Friday, Jan. 10. The award is presented annually to the Offensive Player of the Year in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Lance, a redshirt freshman from Marshall, Minn., last month was named the Jerry Rice Award winner as the top freshman player in the FCS. He is the first to win both national player of the year awards, and the first NDSU player to win either award. The fourth national player of the year from NDSU, Lance joins Harlon Hill Trophy-winning quarterbacks Jeff Bentrim (1986) and Chris Simdorn (1990) and Buck Buchanan Award-winning defensive end Kyle Emanuel (2014). Lance has attempted 278 career passes without an interception, breaking the school record of 152. He has led the Bison to a 15-0 record in his first year as a starter and is 186-of-277 this season with 2,714 passing yards, 28 TDs and zero interceptions. The 2,714 pass yards and 28 TD passes are both school records for an NDSU freshman. - North Dakota State Football


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  2019 AFCA FCS COACHES' SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DL Derrek Tuszka, Sr., North Dakota St.,...North Dakota State had four selections to the American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America Team announced Friday, Dec. 20, including junior left tackle Dillon Radunz on the first team. The Bison had three second team selections: senior defensive end Derrek Tuszka, senior tight end Ben Ellefson, and redshirt freshman quarterback Trey Lance. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#18 DE) rSr/2020 DE Derrek TuszkaNorth Dakota State
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  2019 AFCA FCS COACHES' FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: OL Dillon Radunz, Jr., North Dakota St.,...Radunz, a junior from Becker, Minn., is a consensus first team All-American including selections by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, STATS, HERO Sports and the FCS Athletic Directors Association. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#16 OT) Sr/2021 OT Dillon RadunzNorth Dakota State
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  2019 AFCA FCS COACHES' SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: QB Trey Lance, R-Fr., North Dakota St.,...Lance, a redshirt freshman from Marshall, Minn., earned the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player, Newcomer and Freshman of the Year honors this year. The 2019 STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award winner, he is the league's first freshman to be named Offensive Player of the Year, and he is the fourth to sweep the Newcomer and Freshman of the Year awards. Lance has attempted 278 career passes without an interception, breaking the school record of 152. A 2019 Walter Payton Award finalist, Lance has led the Bison to a 15-0 record in his first year as a starter. He is 186-of-277 this season with 2,714 passing yards, 28 TDs and zero interceptions. The 2,714 pass yards and 28 TD passes are both school records for an NDSU freshman. - North Dakota State Football

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  2019 AFCA FCS COACHES' SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: TE Ben Ellefson, Sr., North Dakota St.,...North Dakota State had four selections to the American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America Team announced Friday, Dec. 20, including junior left tackle Dillon Radunz on the first team. The Bison had three second team selections: senior defensive end Derrek Tuszka, senior tight end Ben Ellefson, and redshirt freshman quarterback Trey Lance. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#25 TE) rSr/2020 TE Ben EllefsonNorth Dakota State
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  2019 ALL-NSIC SOUTH DIVISION SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Michael Buetow, DL, Jr., Minnesota State, Fond du Lac, Wis.,...Has started in all 11 games on the defensive line for the Mavericks this season. Has tallied 10 tackles, including three for a loss and three sacks. Buetow recorded a season-high four tackles against Minnesota Duluth and recovered a fumble vs. the University of Mary. - Minnesota State Football

(DS#999 DT) Sr/2021 DT Michael BuetowNorth Dakota State
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  Christian Watson scored long touchdowns on back-to-back touches early in the second quarter and two-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State blitzed Montana State 42-14 in a semifinal on Saturday for its 36th straight victory. Trey Lance found Watson behind the defense along the left sideline for a 75-yard touchdown one play after the Bobcats tied the game at 7. After a three-and-out by Montana State, Watson went 70 yards on a reverse. Lance threw for three touchdowns, including a 73-yard hookup with Dimitri Williams, and scored two rushing touchdowns.

The top-seeded Bison (15-0) were in the semifinals for the ninth straight year. They won eight and won the national championship each time. North Dakota State faces the winner of Weber State at second-seeded James Madison. James Madison beat the Bison in the semifinals in 2016. Montana State (11-4) lost to NDSU 52-10 in the second round last year. A week after being held to three field goals in a 9-3 quarterfinal win over Missouri Valley Conference rival Illinois State, the Bison scored on their opening drive, going 73 yards in 12 plays with Lance scoring on an 8-yard keeper. The Bobcats finally broke through with an eight-play, 8-yard drive with Travis Jonsen covering the final yard on a Wildcat formation play. That's when the roof caved in for Montana State, with the Bison successful adding a two-point conversation after Watson's second score for a 22-7 lead. - AP College Football


(DS#2 QB) rSo/2023 QB Trey LanceNorth Dakota State
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  Griffin Crosa kicked three second-quarter field goals and North Dakota State's defense did the rest as the defending national champion Bison beat Illinois State 9-3 in an FCS quarterfinal on Saturday. The top-seeded Bison (14-0) will host No. 5 seed Montana State next week in the semifinals after posting their 35th consecutive victory, extending their own FCS record and tying them for fifth all-time among all Division I programs. They have won seven of the last eight FCS championships including the last two. The Bison held the unseeded Redbirds (10-5) to three points for the second time this season, having beaten Illinois State 37-3 in a Missouri Valley Football Conference game in Fargo on Oct. 5. This time the Redbirds defense kept the game close, allowing only Crosa's field goals of 38, 33 and 22 yards on consecutive possessions for a 9-0 halftime lead.

Illinois State's only points came from Sam Fenlason's 27-yard field goal after a 70-yard drive. The Redbirds reached Bison territory only one other time. Trey Lance was 10-of-21 passing for 135 yards and rushed for 41 yards on 11 carries for North Dakota State. Christian Watson had 102 yards receiving by halftime but made only one more catch and finished with 107 yards. James Robinson, who rushed for over 200 yards in the Redbirds' two playoff victories, finished with 94 yards on 24 carries while Bruce Jefferson added 58 on 11. North Dakota State was outrushed 160-138, the first time that has happened since Nov. 4, 2017 -- which was also its last loss, 33-21 to South Dakota State. - AP College Football


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  2019 WALTER PAYTON AWARD FINALIST: North Dakota State redshirt freshman quarterback Trey Lance has helped No. 1 North Dakota State to a 13-0 start, most notably throwing for 25 touchdowns without an interception. The Missouri Valley offensive player of the year is No. 1 nationally in passing efficiency (187.5) and No. 3 in completion percentage (68.5), and has 3,185 yards of total offense and 11 touchdown rushes. - STATS FCS Football

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  Trey Lance threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and defending champion North Dakota State pulled away in the second half to beat Nicholls 37-13 in a second-round FCS playoff game Saturday. The Bison (13-0), who have won seven of the last eight FCS championships, including the previous two, will host Illinois State in the third round. Gavin Lasseigne's second field goal cut the Bison's lead to 14-13 with 10:36 left in the third quarter but two interceptions later in the quarter led to 10 points for NDSU (13-0), which extended its win streak to 34 games, the longest current run in Division I. The Bison added a 6-yard run by Lance and a 3-yarder from Dimitri Williams in the fourth quarter. Nicholls (9-5) had a five-game winning streak end and was denied reaching the quarterfinals for the first time. Lance finished with 257 yards total offense with the Bison outgaining the Colonels 434-265. - AP College Football

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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): FB Garrett Malstrom,...Eight other NDSU players were listed as honorable mention: running backs Ty Brooks and Adam Cofield, fullbacks Hunter Luepke and Garrett Malstrom, return specialist Trevor Heit, offensive lineman Karson Schoening, defensive lineman Spencer Waege, and defensive back Michael Tutsie. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#999 FB) rSr/2020 FB Garrett MalstromNorth Dakota State
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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OL Karson Schoening,...Eight other NDSU players were listed as honorable mention: running backs Ty Brooks and Adam Cofield, fullbacks Hunter Luepke and Garrett Malstrom, return specialist Trevor Heit, offensive lineman Karson Schoening, defensive lineman Spencer Waege, and defensive back Michael Tutsie. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#39 C) rSr/2021 C Karson SchoeningNorth Dakota State
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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): RS Trevor Heit,...Eight other NDSU players were listed as honorable mention: running backs Ty Brooks and Adam Cofield, fullbacks Hunter Luepke and Garrett Malstrom, return specialist Trevor Heit, offensive lineman Karson Schoening, defensive lineman Spencer Waege, and defensive back Michael Tutsie. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2021 WR Trevor HeitNorth Dakota State
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