Georgia Southern's run for a championship has come to an end at the hands of North Dakota State. North Dakota State scored the last 27 points in this game and 20 second half points to win 35-7 and advance to the FCS championship against Sam Houston State. Georgia Southern turning over the ball three times did not help their cause in this game -- North Dakota State scored 21 points off of those.
Heading into the second half North Dakota State had only a 14-7 lead over Georgia Southern. Georgia Southern came out on their first drive in the second half and was moving the ball. It looked like they were going to tie the game when Jaybo Shaw completed a pass to J.J. Wilcox, but North Dakota State's John Pike stripped the ball, which was recovered at the four-yard line by his teammate Travis Beck. North Dakota State then went down the field 96 yards and scored on a 55-yard touchdown run by quarterback Brock Jensen to put them up 20-7 after the missed extra point.
Georgia Southern had a chance to get back in the game when their offense got back on track as they marched all the way to the North Dakota State three-yard line and decided to go for it on fourth-and-goal. On the fourth down play running back Darreion Robinson was stopped behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of five yards.
After that stop, North Dakota State drove down the field 92 yards to put the game out of reach when Sam Ojuri scored on a four-yard run to put them up 28-7. For good measure North Dakota State put up another touchdown when D.J. McNorton scored the final points of the game and give North Dakota State a 35-7 win.
The North Dakota State defense was able to shut down the vaunted Georgia Southern triple-option running attack to only 186 total yards which was well under their average of 334 yards per game. While North Dakota State was able to 314 yards and score four touchdowns on the groung. North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen led the way by passing for 137 yards and a touchdown as well as rushing for 96 yards and a score.