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Watch this JMU receiver make a HELMET CATCH in the FCS Championship

Watch this JMU receiver make a HELMET CATCH in the FCS Championship

North Dakota State and Robbie Grimsley, a 2015 graduate of Hutchinson High School, play in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game on Saturday against James Madison. He led JMU to the promised land past year - his first in Harrisonburg - but he learned more about how to prepare for the big stage from a 2013 Division II title loss to Northwestern Missouri State when he was the head coach at Lenoir Rhyne University in North Carolina. The victory also ended James Madison's 26-game win streak. They own the No. 2 scoring defense in the FCS, and are No. 1 in yards allowed per game. It marked the first time the Dukes trailed by double digits this season.

Meanwhile, the Bison have run wild with a deep running back corps that's withstood injuries, led by 1,186-yard rusher Bruce Anderson. "Obviously they have the respect of the entire country, but I can promise you our kids are confident and motivated and are going to be ready to play tomorrow".

Top-seeded JMU is trying to become just the fourth school ever to win back-to-back FCS championships. NDSU took over at the JMU 41-yard line, and after advancing to the JMU 19-yard line on six plays, junior kicker Cam Pedersen knocked a 32-yard field goal in between the posts to extend NDSU's lead to 17-3.

"I feel like a lot of guys up here can attest to the adversity that we have faced", JMU redshirt senior defensive lineman Andrew Ankrah said. "We made too many mistakes". On first down from the Bison 15-yard line, Tanguay grabbed the short, wobbly throw and returned it to the NDSU 29. D'Angelo Amos returned Koonce's punt for 37 yards - the second-longest return of his career - to put the Dukes at the NDSU 14-yard line. James Madison got another, 21-yard field goal from Ratke to make the score 17-6 at halftime.

"Most important things to us was don't flinch", said NDSU cornerback Marquise Bridges on the fake punt. It was capped off by a 1-yard run from Marcus Marshall.

James Madison scored on its first possession of the third quarter to close within 17-13. Despite the encouraging field position, Schor whiffed on three pass attempts and JMU was forced to settle for a field goal booted in by redshirt freshman Ethan Ratke.

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A personal foul penalty on JMU on the play gave the Bison the ball at the 44.

The Dukes entered the season as the No. 1 team in the land.

"We just watched the film and decided what we liked and didn't like ... and moved on", Klieman said.

"Riley is a guy that we expected to have a big year for us coming into the year this year", James Madison head coach Mike Houston said.

Under center for the Bison will be Easton Stick (39 total touchdowns, 62.4 completion percentage). He added 35 rushing yards on 14 carries.

"We talk about it all the time: Field goals won't beat you, and it didn't today", Klieman said.


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