FARGO, ND - Quarterback Brock Jensen accounted for 231 total yards despite playing with the flu and receiver Warren Holloway scored twice to help North Dakota State defeat Georgia Southern 35-7 Saturday in a Football Championship Subdivision semifinal.
The Bison (13-1) will face Sam Houston State (14-0) for the national championship Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas. It is the first FCS title game appearance for NDSU, which moved up to Division I in 2004.
NDSU had a 451-333 advantage in total offense. The Bison forced three turnovers and turned all of them into touchdowns.
Holloway, a 6-foot-2, 199-pound senior from Houston, scored on a 19-yard reception from Jensen in the first quarter and a 17-yard run in the second quarter. Both came after Georgia Southern miscues, including a kickoff out of bounds late in the first half after the Eagles had tied the game 7-7.
It took just two plays for NDSU to score, on Holloway's end-around. That gave the Bison a 14-7 lead at halftime.
Jensen gave the Bison breathing room with a 55-yard touchdown run in the third quarter on a third down-and-3 play. It capped a 96-yard drive after NDSU's Travis Beck recovered a fumble when the Eagles were threatening to score.
Running backs Sam Ojuri and D.J. McNorton, who combined to rush for 194 yards, added touchdowns in the fourth quarter for NDSU. Dominique Swope ran for 96 yards and scored on a 23-yard run for the Eagles (12-2).
Bison strong safety Colton Heagle, who had been out three weeks with a thumb injury, led all defenders with 15 tackles.