North Dakota State took advantage of a Georgia Southern fumble to extend their lead 20-7. Georgia Southern's Jaybo Shaw completed a 30-yard pass to J.J. Wilcox for what looked to be a touchdown and would have tied the game at 14 apiece. However, North Dakota State's John Pike stripped the ball from Wilcox and was recovered by teammate Travis Beck at the Bison's four-yard line.
North Dakota State took over and proceeded to drive down the field with a mix of passing and rushing plays, and then quarterback Brock Jensen ripped off a 55-yard touchdown run to extend the Bison's lead. The extra point was missed so the lead would be 20-7.
Georgia Southern has now responded after the North Dakota State score to put on a drive of their own using their triple-option offense. Quarterback Jaybo Shaw picked up a 33-yard run to get the offense out of the shadow of their own goal post. Then running Darreion Robinson ran 14 yards to convert on a third-and-four to give Georgia Southern a first-and-goal at the nine-yard line.
Georgia Southern was faced a fourth-and-goal at the three-yard line and decided to go for it, but Robinson stopped for a loss of five yards on the play by to turn the ball over on downs.