Easton Stick threw for three touchdowns, Bruce Anderson ran for 124 yards with a touchdown and top-seeded North Dakota State advanced to the FCS semifinals for the eighth straight year with a 35-0 win over eighth-seeded Colgate on Saturday at Fargo, N.D.
Stick was 14 of 19 for 205 yards as the Bison (13-0) piled up 443 yards against the Raiders (10-2), who had the top defense in FCS.
The defending national champions, who have won 19 in a row, are home against Missouri Valley Football Conference rival South Dakota State, the fifth-seed they beat 21-17 in September, next weekend.
Ty Brooks scored on a 26-yard run to cap a four-play, 96-yard drive on NDSU's first possession. A 2-yard pass to Ben Ellefson made it 14-0 in the second quarter. The Bison then went 70 yards on eight plays to open the second half, capped by a 10-yard pass to Darrius Shepherd, who moved into second on the NDSU career list with 179 receptions.
That was more than enough for the Bison, who limited Colgate to 157 yards. The Raiders had tied the FCS record with five shutouts this season and only allowed nine touchdowns in 11 games.
Stick is now 47-3 as a starting quarterback, tying former Bison QB Brock Jensen, who went 47-5 in his career, for the most wins by a starting FCS QB. NDSU kicker Cam Pedersen has converted 91 straight extra points and 251 in his career.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 27, KENNESAW STATE 17: Taryn Christion threw for one touchdown and ran for another — the clincher with 2:22 to play — and fifth-seeded South Dakota State held off fourth-seeded Kennesaw State in the FCS quarterfinals at Kennesaw, Ga.
The Jackrabbits (10-2) play at top-seeded North Dakota State, the defending national champion, next weekend. SDSU lost 21-17 at NDSU on Sept. 29.
Christion scored on a 15-yard run to cap an eight-play, 65-yard drive after the Owls (11-2) had scored on consecutive possessions to close within 20-17.
The game ended at almost the exact same time as the SDSU women's basketball team upset No. 21 Drake 80-71 at home.
South Dakota State scored on three straight possessions to take a 17-3 lead at halftime. Christion connected with Adam Anderson for a 5-yard score and Pierre Strong had a 9-yard run. Chase Vinatieri kicked his second short field goal to make it 20-3 entering the fourth quarter.
Daniel David, who took over for injured starter Chandler Burks, directed two scoring drives. His 19-yard pass to Jake McKenzie capped a 73-yard drive and was just his the second passing TD of the season. Then he scored on a 1-yard run to finish a 91-yard drive.
Christion was 12 of 18 for 147 yards and Strong ran for 112 yards on 18 carries as SDSU had 308 yards.
In relief of Burks, who set an FCS record of 29 quarterback rushing touchdowns, David was 5 of 11 for 93 yards and ran for 65. He was 3 for 3 passing entering the game.