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North Dakota State shuts out Colgate, returns to FCS semifinals

(STATS) - The Fargodome roof could fly off in a winter-like storm and that may not be enough to distract defending FCS champion North Dakota State.

The unbeaten and top-seeded Bison were business as usual as Easton Stick threw three touchdown passes and the defense dominated in a 35-0 shutout of eighth-seeded Colgate in the playoff quarterfinals Saturday.

North Dakota State (13-0) is in pursuit of a record seventh FCS title. Chris Klieman, who's been a part of all six since 2011, is seeking his fourth as a head coach, which has been achieved only by Youngstown State's Jim Tressel.

Up next is a semifinal-round game against Missouri Valley Conference rival South Dakota State (10-2) Friday night at the Fargodome, where the roof will be intact - unless the decibel level soars higher. The Bison won the regular-season matchup, 21-17 on Sept. 29.

"They (NDSU players) keep attacking the process on a daily basis," said Klieman, who's 67-6 in six seasons. "Got a lot of believers in that locker room, got a lot great leaders, tons of really good seniors. It's been a really good football team, really disciplined team. Our guys are pretty focused."

Klieman downplayed speculation all week that Big 12 member Kansas State will hire him as its next coach. The distraction had little impact on the Bison's 19th straight win and first playoff shutout since 2011 (24-0 over Lehigh in the quarterfinals).

NDSU outgained Colgate 443-157, posted four sacks and limited the 10-2 Patriot League champ to a combined 1 of 15 on third- and fourth-down conversions in the first meeting between the programs.

The Bison capped their opening 96-yard drive with Ty Brooks' 26-yard touchdown run. Stick connected for a 2-yard TD pass to tight end Ben Ellefson just before halftime, a 10-yarder to Darrius Sheppard early in the third quarter and a 6-yarder to Phoenix Sproles - the first of the freshman's career - in the fourth quarter.

Stick completed 14 of 19 passes for 205 yards. He has a 47-3 record as a starter, which is one shy of former NDSU standout Brock Jensen's FCS-record 48 career wins by a quarterback.

Bruce Anderson scored on a 42-yard run as part of his 12 carries for 124 yards. Colgate entered the quarterfinal ranked first in the FCS in scoring defense (seven points per game) and total defense (219 yards per game).

"They were a little different than what we played all year, and it showed," Colgate coach Dan Hunt said.

"North Dakota State has the blueprint for what we want to do. I've said it to anyone who would listen: When we put the film on of these guys, this is the hardest-playing football team we've faced. And that's exactly what we try to do when we play offense and defense."

The leading rushers entering the game, seniors James Holland Jr. of Colgate and Lance Dunn of NDSU, were knocked from the game with injuries.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:26
36-C.Pedersen extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
35
Touchdown 4:31
12-E.Stick complete to 11-P.Sproles. 11-P.Sproles runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
57
yds
04:22
pos
0
34
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:07
36-C.Pedersen extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
28
Touchdown 7:16
8-B.Anderson runs 42 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
80
yds
01:42
pos
0
27
Point After TD 10:22
36-C.Pedersen extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
21
Touchdown 10:27
12-E.Stick complete to 20-D.Shepherd. 20-D.Shepherd runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
65
yds
00:00
pos
0
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:27
36-C.Pedersen extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 2:32
12-E.Stick complete to 82-B.Ellefson. 82-B.Ellefson runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
65
yds
05:56
pos
0
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:14
36-C.Pedersen extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 9:23
28-T.Brooks runs 26 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
96
yds
02:07
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 7 21
Rushing 4 9
Passing 3 10
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 1-12 7-13
4th Down Conv 0-3 1-1
Total Net Yards 130 432
Total Plays 48 63
Avg Gain 2.7 6.9
Net Yards Rushing 89 238
Rush Attempts 27 44
Avg Rush Yards 3.3 5.4
Net Yards Passing 41 194
Comp. - Att. 9-21 14-19
Yards Per Pass 2.0 10.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-27 1-11
Penalties - Yards 5-45 4-36
Touchdowns 0 5
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 0 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 8-42.6 5-37.0
Return Yards 3 27
Punts - Returns 2-3 1-3
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 1-24
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 0/0 5/5
Extra Points 0/0 5/5
Field Goals 0/0 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Colgate 10-2 00000
N. Dakota St. 13-0 7714735
41 PASS YDS 194
89 RUSH YDS 238
130 TOTAL YDS 432
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
G. Breneman 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
42.9% 68 0 1 60.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.8% 1605 6 4 133.6
G. Breneman 9/21 68 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Holland Jr. 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 65 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
207 1219 12
J. Holland Jr. 11 65 0 22
G. Breneman 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
132 307 7
G. Breneman 10 11 0 17
M. Twyman 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
53 292 1
M. Twyman 2 9 0 8
A. Mathews 44 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 147 5
A. Mathews 4 4 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
O. Rockett 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
35 716 3
O. Rockett 1 21 0 21
T. Caine 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 33 0
T. Caine 2 20 0 12
T. Ives 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 263 1
T. Ives 1 20 0 20
O. Buscaglia 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 307 0
O. Buscaglia 1 7 0 7
N. Martinsen 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 49 0
N. Martinsen 1 2 0 2
M. Twyman 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 42 1
M. Twyman 1 1 0 1
M. Bevino 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 31 0
M. Bevino 0 0 0 0
N. Diaco 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 114 0
N. Diaco 0 0 0 0
J. Holland Jr. 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 -3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 196 2
J. Holland Jr. 2 -3 0 2
Defense T-A SACK INT
N. Wheeler 92 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
N. Wheeler 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Cerra 96 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 42.6 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
40 36.6 3
J. Cerra 8 42.6 3 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Daramy-Swaray 4 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 1.5 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 15.6 2 1
A. Daramy-Swaray 2 1.5 2 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
E. Stick 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.7% 205 3 0 216.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.7% 2385 25 5 171.2
E. Stick 14/19 205 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
B. Anderson 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 124 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
115 845 7
B. Anderson 12 124 1 42
T. Brooks 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 65 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
83 607 5
T. Brooks 8 65 1 26
S. Wilson 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 115 0
S. Wilson 7 20 0 9
L. Dunn 10 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
141 819 12
L. Dunn 5 13 0 7
A. Cofield 18 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
75 483 6
A. Cofield 4 9 0 7
E. Stick 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
83 409 11
E. Stick 6 4 0 6
H. Hotchkiss 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 30 1
H. Hotchkiss 1 4 0 4
D. Shepherd 20 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 36 0
D. Shepherd 1 -1 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
B. Anderson 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 49 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 185 2
B. Anderson 2 49 0 25
D. Freeman 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 49 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 355 1
D. Freeman 3 49 0 24
L. Dunn 10 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 127 3
L. Dunn 1 32 0 32
D. Shepherd 20 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
53 869 7
D. Shepherd 2 23 1 13
P. Sproles 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 22 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 31 1
P. Sproles 2 22 1 16
C. Watson 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 154 0
C. Watson 1 15 0 15
N. Jenson 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 248 2
N. Jenson 1 11 0 11
B. Robbins 34 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 46 1
B. Robbins 1 2 0 2
B. Ellefson 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 179 8
B. Ellefson 1 2 1 2
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Tuszka 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 2.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 2.5
D. Tuszka 2-1 2.5 0
C. Butler 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
C. Butler 1-0 1.0 0
J. Hendricks 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Hendricks 0-0 0.0 1
G. Menard 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
G. Menard 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Pedersen 36 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 5/5
SEASON FG XP
7/11 70/70
C. Pedersen 0/0 0 5/5 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
G. Wegner 38 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 37.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
54 43.1 3
G. Wegner 5 37.0 3 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Brooks 28 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 24.0 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 25.3 24 0
T. Brooks 1 24.0 24 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Shepherd 20 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 16.5 3 0
D. Shepherd 1 3.0 3 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NDST 35 2:53 7 14 Punt
9:14 NDST 35 1:16 4 -3 Punt
5:36 COLG 7 1:27 3 0 Punt
0:15 COLG 14 0:08 5 47 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:13 NDST 43 0:59 4 8 Downs
2:27 NDST 35 2:00 7 5 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:22 NDST 35 0:46 4 -6 Punt
7:07 NDST 35 3:24 13 56 INT
0:54 COLG 29 0:45 4 4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:29 COLG 13 0:16 3 4 Punt
4:26 NDST 35 0:35 5 -2 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:30 NDST 4 2:07 4 96 TD
7:53 NDST 31 2:12 5 18 Punt
3:25 NDST 48 3:06 6 15 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:32 NDST 7 2:43 5 18 Punt
8:28 NDST 35 5:56 10 65 TD
0:17 NDST 27 0:00 1 3 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:11 COLG 35 0:00 9 65 TD
8:58 NDST 35 1:42 5 65 TD
3:06 NDST 20 1:26 3 4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:56 NDST 13 2:37 6 39 Punt
8:53 NDST 43 4:22 7 42 TD
3:09 COLG 33 2:29 5 13