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  Hunter Luepke had touchdown receptions of 32 and 22 yards to bookend the scoring and added 106 yards rushing on 17 carries to help No. 2 seed North Dakota State beat James Madison 20-14 on Friday night in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs. North Dakota State (13-1) plays the winner between No. 8 seed Montana State and unseeded South Dakota State - which handed the Bison their only loss this season, 27-19 on Nov. 6 in Brookings, South Dakota - for the national championship in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 8.

NDSU has won three straight, and four of its five all-time, meetings with the Dukes, all in the FCS playoffs, and is 31-1 at home in postseason - the lone loss coming against JMU, 27-17 in the 2016 semifinals. The Bison beat JMU for the 2017 and 2019 national titles, winning 17-13 and 28-20, respectively. Miller scrambled for an 11-yard gain on third-and-12 and then lunged forward on a QB sneak to convert on fourth-and-short on a 15-play, 74-yard drive that took more than 6 minutes off the clock but ultimately ended when Jake Reinholz made a 20-yard field goal that made it 13-0 with 2 seconds left in the second quarter. - North Dakota State/AP College Football


(DS#3 FB) rSr/2023 FB Hunter LuepkeNorth Dakota State
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  TaMerik Williams rushed for 91 yards with two touchdowns and Cam Miller rushed for another as second-seeded North Dakota State used a powerful ground game to eliminate seventh-seeded East Tennessee State, 27-3, in the FCS quarterfinals on Saturday. Miller led back-to-back scoring drives in the second quarter, completing four of four passes, Williams scored on two short runs and North Dakota State (12-1) built a 13-0 lead in about six minutes. The Bison gained 278 yards rushing with four touchdowns. NDSU, ranked third in the final FCS coaches poll, will host second-ranked and No. 3 seed James Madison in the semifinal round Dec, 17-18.

The Bison have reached the semifinals for the 10th time, third-most among FCS teams. ETSU (11-2) had watched a 55-yard field goal attempt fall short and to the left, giving the Bison possession at their own 38. Eight plays later, Williams barreled in from the 3. ETSU was forced to punt after a three-and-out and North Dakota State went 76 yards to score again in nine plays, Williams scoring from the 7. In the third quarter, Michael Tutsie stepped in front of the intended receiver to pick off Tyler Riddell near midfield and, four plays later, Miller scored from the 3. The interception came one play after the Buccaneers stopped North Dakota State on downs. Riddell was throwing under pressure. - North Dakota State/AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) rSr/2023 RB TaMerik WilliamsNorth Dakota State
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  Quarterback Cam Miller ran for two scores, TaMerik Williams tallied 112 yards rushing and two scoring runs and second-seeded North Dakota State was never threatened in a 38-7 win on Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs. The Bison advance to play No. 7-seed East Tennessee State which needed a late rally to beat Kennesaw State 32-31 on Saturday. North Dakota (11-1) didn't need late heroics in its commanding performance establishing a 10-0 lead after the first quarter when Miller ran it in from the 9-yard line to complete a nine-play, 83-yard drive. Jake Reinholz then kicked a 20-yard field goal with 1:58 left in the first.

Nic Baker threw a 22-yard touchdown pass,to Landon Lenoir six seconds into the second and the Salukis (8-5) were within three. But the Bison established two sustained scoring drives that broke Southern Illinois' will. The Bison used 13 plays to go 65 yards and Williams' 1-yard plunge with 7:45 before halftime made it 17-7. Following the Salukis' three-and-out that generated no yardage, North Dakota then stomped out 11 plays in 63 yards and made it 24-7 when Miller ran it in from the 5 at the two-minute warning. Baker threw for 220 yards. - North Dakota State/AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) rSr/2023 RB TaMerik WilliamsNorth Dakota State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - Cody Mauch, North Dakota State,...North Dakota State led all schools with seven first-team picks on the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference team announced Monday, Nov. 29. NDSU's Christian Watson took two spots on the first team as a wide receiver and all-purpose player. Fullback Hunter Luepke, offensive tackles Cordell Volson and Cody Mauch, defensive end Brayden Thomas and safety Michael Tutsie also made the first team. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#21 OT) rSr/2023 OT Cody MauchNorth Dakota State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR & AP - Christian Watson, North Dakota State,...Watson is now a five-time all-conference honoree and just the 10th player in league history to earn three all-conference first-or second-team honors at wide receiver. He finished the regular season ranked second in the MVFC with 18.97 yards per reception and has a team-high 18 plays of 20-plus yards including four TD receptions of 65 or more yards. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#7 WR) rSr/2022 WR Christian WatsonNorth Dakota State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): FB - Hunter Luepke, North Dakota State,...North Dakota State led all schools with seven first-team picks on the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference team announced Monday, Nov. 29. Christian Watson took two spots on the first team as a wide receiver and all-purpose player. Fullback Hunter Luepke, offensive tackles Cordell Volson and Cody Mauch, defensive end Brayden Thomas and safety Michael Tutsie also made the first team. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#3 FB) rSr/2023 FB Hunter LuepkeNorth Dakota State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB - Michael Tutsie, North Dakota State,...North Dakota State led all schools with seven first-team picks on the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference team announced Monday, Nov. 29. Christian Watson took two spots on the first team as a wide receiver and all-purpose player. Fullback Hunter Luepke, offensive tackles Cordell Volson and Cody Mauch, defensive end Brayden Thomas and safety Michael Tutsie also made the first team. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#41 SS) rSr/2023 SS Michael TutsieNorth Dakota State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL - Brayden Thomas, North Dakota State,...Thomas, the league leader in sacks and tackles for loss per game, finished second in the voting for Defensive Player of the Year behind Northern Iowa lineman Jared Brinkman, who won the award for the second straight year. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#51 DE) rSr/2022 DE Brayden ThomasNorth Dakota State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - Cordell Volson, North Dakota State,...North Dakota State led all schools with seven first-team picks on the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference team announced Monday, Nov. 29. Christian Watson took two spots on the first team as a wide receiver and all-purpose player. Fullback Hunter Luepke, offensive tackles Cordell Volson and Cody Mauch, defensive end Brayden Thomas and safety Michael Tutsie also made the first team. No. 2 seed North Dakota State is scheduled to host Southern Illinois in the second round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#19 OG) rSr/2022 OG Cordell VolsonNorth Dakota State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB - Jackson Hankey, North Dakota State,...NDSU had four second-team selections in tight end Josh Babicz, linebackers Jackson Hankey and Jasir Cox, and return specialist Jayden Price. It is the third time NDSU has had a pair of linebackers named to the all-conference first or second team in the same season. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#999 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Jackson HankeyNorth Dakota State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): TE - Josh Babicz, North Dakota State,...NDSU had four second-team selections in tight end Josh Babicz, linebackers Jackson Hankey and Jasir Cox, and return specialist Jayden Price. It is the third time NDSU has had a pair of linebackers named to the all-conference first or second team in the same season. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#33 TE) rSr/2022 TE Josh BabiczNorth Dakota State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): TE Noah Gindorff,...Honorable mentions included Bison tight end Noah Gindorff, and defensive tackles Eli Mostaert and Lane Tucker. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#11 TE) rSr/2023 TE Noah GindorffNorth Dakota State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DL Lane Tucker,...Honorable mentions included Bison tight end Noah Gindorff, and defensive tackles Eli Mostaert and Lane Tucker. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Lane TuckerNorth Dakota State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RS - Jayden Price, North Dakota State,...NDSU had four second-team selections in tight end Josh Babicz, linebackers Jackson Hankey and Jasir Cox, and return specialist Jayden Price. It is the third time NDSU has had a pair of linebackers named to the all-conference first or second team in the same season. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2023 CB Jayden PriceNorth Dakota State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DL Eli Mostaert,...Honorable mentions included Bison tight end Noah Gindorff, and defensive tackles Eli Mostaert and Lane Tucker. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#66 DT) rJr/2024 DT Eli MostaertNorth Dakota State
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