Top 5 Reasons NDSU brought home the hardwareFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- NDSU head coach Craig Bohl told me back in August that he believed his football team had great potential, the potential was realized last Saturday in Frisco as NDSU ended a 21 year drought winning the FCS Championship. Tonight I give you the top 5 reasons how NDSU brought home the hardware.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- NDSU head coach Craig Bohl told me back in August
that he believed his football team had great potential, the potential was realized last Saturday in Frisco as NDSU ended a 21 year drought winning
the FCS Championship. Tonight I give you the top 5 reasons how NDSU brought home the hardware.
You have to get a little bit of luck to win a national championship and that's reason number 5; injuries...the Bison went thru the season relatively injury free, as no key players missed any significant time to injury.
Number 4, is the offensive line. NDSU allowed just 18 sacks all season long
and the guys up front were interchangeable...Joe Lund and Austin Richard switched center and guard spots, several times and Paul Cornick's game
reached All-American status...Most impressive, NDSU produced two 1,000 yard rushers as DJ McNorton and Sam Ojuri had monster holes to run thru all season long.
Reason 3 is special teams, NDSU moved Matt Voigtlander from running back to punter during the spring, he responded averaging 41 yards a kick, including 25 inside the 20 yard line. Ryan Jastram had a great senior season, making 16 of 18 field goals, including a career long of 53 in the playoffs, his kickoffs traveled an average of 63 yards.
The 2nd reason was huge as sophomore quarterback Brock Jensen had a phenomenal year, throwing just 4 interceptions all season, completing 67 percent of his passes, including a fantastic 22 out of 25 against Northern Iowa. Jensen added 9 rushing touchdowns as the Wisconsin native finally gave NDSU the signal caller they've been looking for since Steve Walker graduated.
Reason number one is simple-the defense. NDSU had the top scoring defense in the country allowing just 12 points a game, racking 41 sacks and 21 interceptions! The Bison saved their best play for the postseason, holding four teams to a combined 27 points and just 3 touchdowns, Marcus Williams scored 3 times himself on defense this and ...the scariest part for NDSU opponents...7 starters return in 2012.
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