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Bison hold off Jacks, 20-17, to clinch share of MVFC title

Posted: Monday, Nov 12th, 2012

SDSU defensive lineman Chase Douglas sacks North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen during the third quarter of the Jackrabbits' 20-17 Missouri Valley Football Conference loss to the top-ranked Bison on Saturday at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Photo by Jason Salzman/for the Register

FARGO, N.D. Sam Ojuri scored on a 3-yard run with 2:39 remaining to give North Dakota State a 10-point lead and the top-ranked Bison held off No. 20/16 South Dakota State, 20-17, to clinch at least a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title on Saturday afternoon at Gate City Bank Field in the Fargodome.

The defending national champion Bison (9-1, 6-1 MVFC) took advantage of a pair of Jackrabbit (7-2, 5-2) penalties on the 50-yard drive, which lasted 11 plays and ate up 5:15 of game time.

On fourth-and-3 at the SDSU 5-yard line, NDSU sent out the field goal unit when the Jackrabbits were flagged for a substitution infraction. That moved the ball inside the 3 and set the Bison up with fourth-and-less than 1; and the offense retook the field. Ojuri scampered into the end zone untouched on the next play from scrimmage and Adam Keller added the point-after touchdown kick to make it 20-10 with 2:39 to go.

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