A berth in the FCS title game is on the line Saturday when the North Dakota State Bison and Georgia Southern Eagles meet in the semis.
Both teams spent time as the top-ranked team in the nation, and since the loss that knocked them out of the top spot, neither has lost to FCS competition. Last week, Georgia Southern dominated time of possession in defeating Maine, 35-23. North Dakota State posted its first shutout as an FCS program, knocking out Patriot League champion Lehigh, 24-0.
Georgia Southern and North Dakota State were originally scheduled to play this season, but the Eagles opted out of the game, making this semifinal match-up fitting. The teams have met once before, back in 2006, a 34-14 North Dakota State victory in Statesboro, Ga.; however, that was before Georgia Southern went back to the triple option.
North Dakota State is also a run-first team, but relies more on a power- running attack with running backs Sam Ojuri (75.2 ypg) and D.J. McNorton (73.9 ypg), who have combined to score 22 touchdowns. Quarterback Brock Jensen manages the offense, and isn't asked to throw often but still completes 68 percent of his passes and has 12 touchdowns to three interceptions.
Game Time: Saturday, December 17th, 2:35 p.m. ET
Location: Fargodome, Fargo, North Dakota