North Dakota State wins seventh FCS title in Chris Klieman's last game as coach

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Chris Klieman is taking over for Bill Snyder at Kansas State. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, File)
Chris Klieman is taking over for Bill Snyder at Kansas State. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, File)

North Dakota State has a record seven FCS championships after a 38-24 win over Eastern Washington on Saturday.

The win came in North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman’s final game with the team. He’s off to Kansas State to succeed Bill Snyder as the Wildcats’ head coach. It’s the third championship for North Dakota State’s senior class after titles in 2015 and 2017. Fifth-year seniors on the team have won four titles.

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“I’m a senior today, so I get to go out with these seniors,” Klieman told ESPN after the game.

All of North Dakota State’s national championships have come since 2011. The Bison won five straight titles from 2011-15.

Quarterback Easton Stick capped the crazy game with a long touchdown run with 1:16 to go in the fourth quarter. North Dakota State simply needed a first down to ice the game and Stick went 46 yards for the score and final 14-point margin.

Stick’s TD was the fourth touchdown longer than 20 yards in the game. The third quarter featured a ton of big plays and three touchdowns in the span of 68 seconds. After Darrius Shepherd caught a 23-yard touchdown from Stick, Eastern Washington’s Sam McPherson went 75 yards for a touchdown on EWU’s next offensive play. Two plays later, Shepherd caught a 78-yard pass from Stick and the Bison went back on top by two possessions at 31-17.

Stick could be an intriguing late-round NFL draft choice in the spring. He took over as North Dakota State’s starting quarterback for Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz.

Klieman leaves North Dakota State after five seasons and a career record of 69-6. Defensive coordinator Matt Entz will take over as the team’s head coach in 2019.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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