FARGO, N.D. — Top-seeded North Dakota State rolled into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs with a 38-7 victory over Furman Saturday at the Fargodome.
Quarterback Brock Jensen went 15-of-25 passing for 249 yards and two touchdowns and had a game-high 86 yards rushing, including a 53-yard score in the fourth quarter, as NDSU improved to 12-0 overall with its 21st straight victory. Furman ended its season 8-6 overall.
NDSU led 10-7 at the half before scoring three third quarter touchdowns. Ryan Smith’s 28-yard run down the left sideline set up a 3-yard TD by running back Sam Ojuri that made it 17-7. Ojuri ran 15 times for 75 yards.
Andrew Bonnet scored on a 7-yard passing play and cornerback Marcus Williams took his 21st career interception 61 yards for a touchdown to give NDSU a 31-7 lead. Williams is the FCS record holder with seven interception returns for touchdown.
The Bison capped off a 99-yard march in 10 plays on Jensen’s 52-yard pass to Zach Vraa.
On NDSU’s next possession it ran the ball all nine plays for 95 yard yards, highlighted by Jensen’s 53-yard TD.
Thorton and Bryan Shepherd had nine tackles apiece to lead the Bison defense, while Christian Dudzik and Travis Beck made eight stops each.
North Dakota State advanced to face Big South Conference member Coastal Carolina (11-2) in the quarterfinals either Dec. 13 or 14. The Chanticleers held on for a 42-35 victory at Montana in the second round earlier Saturday.