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Bison win third straight FCS title with convincing win over Towson

North Dakota State Bison quarterback Brock Jensen (16) runs in the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter of the game against the Towson Tigers at Toyota Stadium. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Let the dynasty talk begin. North Dakota State won its third consecutive Division I FCS national title Saturday afternoon in the same fashion it won 24 straight games: Tough defense and an effective offense.

The Bison defeated Towson University (Md.) 35-7 before a mostly-partisan NDSU crowd of 19,802 at Toyota Stadium to become the first undefeated champion in division history. NDSU joined Appalachian State and Georgia Southern as FCS teams to win three in a row.

The big play came in the first half with Towson driving for possible go-ahead points. Tied at 7-7, Colten Heagle blocked a Tiger 41-yard field goal attempt and Kyle Emanuel returned the loose ball to the Towson 5-yard line.

Ryan Smith scored on a sweep on the next play and it was 14-7. NDSU took a 21-7 halftime lead thanks to another Towson mistake.

Bison cornerback C.J. Smith picked off a Peter Athens pass and returned it 32 yards.

Quarterback Brock Jensen hit wide receiver Zach Vraa for a 12-yard touchdown play and it was 21-7 just before halftime.

The 24 straight wins ties an FCS record. NDSU finished 15-0, which set a school record for victories in a season.

The Bison added a nine-yard touchdown run by Jensen in the third quarter and a one-yard scoring run by Sam Ojuri in the fourth, which made it 35-7.

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Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.