North Dakota State makes it five straight
FRISCO, Texas — Carson Wentz threw for a touchdown and ran for two scores in his first game since mid-October, and North Dakota State won an unprecedented fifth straight FCS championship with a 37-10 victory Saturday over top seed Jacksonville State.
Wentz, a potential first-round pick in the NFL draft, hadn't played since breaking his right wrist in a loss to South Dakota. He was playing five days after a CT scan showed his wrist was completely healed, and was 16-of-29 passing for 197 yards with two interceptions.
The Bison (13-2) won their 20th consecutive playoff game, including all five times they have made the trip from Fargo to Frisco for the title game at a professional soccer stadium. Fans clad in green and gold made up a majority of the stadium-record crowd of 21,836 — and stormed the field to celebrate once again.
Jacksonville State (13-2) was playing in the title game for the first time. It had won 12 games in a row since an overtime loss Sept. 12 at Auburn, one of the two SEC teams from its home state of Alabama. The other, the Crimson Tide, plays No. 1 Clemson on Monday night in the College Football Playoff championship game.
The Gamecocks were held to a season-low 204 total yards, 325 below their average and 181 under their previous season low.
Cam Pedersen had field goals of 29, 31 and 38 yards for North Dakota State after making only one of seven attempts the first three playoff games.