Bison hope to capture App State magic in quest for ThreepeatFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - NDSU has risen to the top of FCS over the last few seasons, while App State has been there for years. The two schools don't have much in common, but the Bison are trying to copy the Mountaineers playbook – win a third straight national championship starting the season by knocking off a BCS power.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - NDSU has risen to the top of FCS over the last few seasons, while App State has been there for years. The two schools don't have much in common, but the Bison are trying to copy the Mountaineers playbook – win a third straight national championship starting the season by knocking off a BCS power.
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Six years later, it's still the landmark win for FCS schools: App State beating 5th ranked Michigan in the 2007 season opener. The Mountaineers were fresh of a 2nd straight National Title. NDSU finds itself in nearly the same spot, coming off back-to-back championships and facing a BCS team that just won the Big 12.
Cole Jirik – NDSU Senior Defensive End: “We thought about it that way, ‘Hey they knocked off Michigan.’ We got Kansas State, a big time opponent, and it's a big time game for us. It's kind of a cool thing.”
Marcus Williams – NDSU Senior Cornerback: “We know what we can bring to the table, but we know it's not going to be easy. Kansas State is a great team. They’re going to give us their best game, and we’re going to give them our best game as well.”
That may be required for NDSU to pick up its biggest win in program history, but Head Coach Craig Bohl brought in some help this past April when former App State head coach Jerry Moore addressed the team about a potential three-peat.
Brock Jensen – NDSU Senior Quarterback: “It was very inspiring when Coach Moore came and shared some very inspirational words. Pulling off that big win at The Big House in Michigan, that’s very tough. We're in a similar spot now. We're going for that threepeat, and we’re facing the Big 12 Champions. It’s not going to be easy, but we feel, like Coach Bohl says, they’re ripe for the picking. We’re going to give them our best.”
There is another similarity between the two schools; each brought back 20 starters in their quest for a third straight title.