FRISCO, Texas — Brock Jensen threw a touchdown pass right after a fake punt, then had a 1-yard keeper for another score set up by a long interception return and North Dakota State won its first FCS championship with a 17-6 victory over top-seeded Sam Houston State on Saturday.
The Bison (14-1), who won the last of their five NCAA Division II national championships in 1990, were in another title game for the first time since moving to the upper division in 2004.
Sam Houston (14-1) had its lowest-scoring game of the season, 33 points below its FCS-best average, and was denied an undefeated season and its first Football Championship Subdivision title. The Bearkats had only 210 total yards.
North Dakota State wasn't much better on offense, with only nine first downs and 235 total yards, but Jensen made the most of the big plays from special teams and defense.