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Anderson's 5 TDs power North Dakota State to FCS title game

(STATS) - North Dakota State's loss in the FCS semifinals last season was often described as the end of the dynasty, but Bruce Anderson and the Bison are trying to show the assessment was premature.

While the Bison's five-year reign as national champions was stopped, it may wind up being a bump in the road of an extended run of titles. At least Friday night's 55-13 pounding of Sam Houston State in a playoff semifinal at the Fargodome - fueled by Anderson's five touchdowns - suggested it.

The No. 2-seeded Bison (13-1) certainly know the Road to Frisco, because they're headed back to the Dallas suburb with the chance to tie Georgia Southern's all-time record of six FCS titles. On Jan. 6 at Toyota Stadium, they'll face Saturday's semifinal winner between No. 5 seed South Dakota State (11-2) and top-seeded James Madison (13-0), which stopped the Bison in last year's semifinals on the way to winning the national championship.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: J. Briscoe5003
Passing TDs: J. Briscoe45
Rushing Yards: C. Avery1110
Rushing TDs: C. Avery14
Receiving Yards: N. Stewart1648
Receiving TDs: D. Davis17
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2017
Date Opponent Result / Time
8/27 vs. Richmond Postponed
9/1 vs. Richmond W 48 - 34
9/7 at Prairie View A&M W 44 - 31
9/23 vs. Nicholls W 66 - 17
9/30 at Central Arkansas L 30 - 41
10/7 at Stephen F. Austin W 27 - 16
10/14 vs. Northwestern State W 40 - 36
10/21 vs. Lamar W 63 - 27
10/28 at Southeastern Louisiana W 33 - 23
11/4 vs. Incarnate Word W 57 - 20
11/11 at Abilene Christian W 44 - 35
11/18 vs. Houston Baptist W 53 - 33
12/2 vs. South Dakota W 54 - 42
12/9 vs. Kennesaw State W 34 - 27
12/15 at North Dakota State L 13 - 55
Southland
  Conference Overall
3 Central Arkansas 9-0 10-2
5 Sam Houston State 8-1 12-2
19 McNeese State 7-2 9-2
Nicholls State 7-2 8-4
Southeastern Louisiana 6-3 6-5
Northwestern State 4-5 4-7
Stephen F. Austin 4-5 4-7
Abilene Christian 2-7 2-9
Incarnate Word 1-7 1-10
Lamar 1-8 2-9
Houston Baptist 0-9 1-10
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 7533 (1)
Passing Yards: 5078 (1)
Rushing Yards: 2455 (19)
Points per game: 43.3 (1)
Yards per game: 538.1 (1)
Touchdowns: 74 (2)
Field Goals: 22 (1)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 6346 (124)
Passing Yards: 3532 (123)
Rushing Yards: 2814 (120)
Points per game: 31.2 (100)
Yards per game: 453.3 (111)
Touchdowns: 55 (120)
Field Goals: 15 (114)
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