North Dakota State lived up to its billing as the No. 2 national seed in the 2011 FCS playoffs on Saturday. The Bison beat James Madison, 26-14, and never trailed, in one of the more dominant wins of the FCS postseason so far.
North Dakota State ran up 219 yards on the ground on just 37 carries. D.J. McNorton ran for 154 of those yards and a touchdown, while Sam Ojuri had 61 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
James Madison quarterback Justin Thorpe threw for 168 yards and a touchdown in the loss, but the Dukes' runners combined for just 76 yards on the ground.
Kerby Long threw a 35-yard touchdown pass for James Madison that cut the Bison's lead to 19-14 in the fourth quarter. But McNorton responded for the Bison, ripping off a 60-yard touchdown run on a one-play drive that put the game out of reach for James Madison for good.