JMU Advances to National Title Game

By DANIEL GUNDERSON
Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Khalid Abdullah had 180 yards rushing, added 51 yards receiving and a touchdown and James Madison snapped North Dakota State’s 22-game postseason win streak with a 27-17 upset in the FCS semifinals Friday night.

James Madison (13-1) will play in the FCS National Championship on January 7 in Frisco, Texas.

After NDSU defensive end Brad Ambrosius was called offside on a fourth-and-19, the Dukes took a 20-17 lead on a 45-yard field goal from Tyler Gray with 11:46 to go.

A 25-yard touchdown pass from Bryan Schor to John Miller with 6:59 left made it 27-17.

James Madison outgained the Bison 301-164 total yards in the first half. Abdullah had 175 of those yards and his 10-yard touchdown reception gave JMU a 17-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Schor threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns.

Chase Morlock and King Frazier sandwiched scoring runs around a 45-yard field goal by Sam Pederson as North Dakota State (2-2) made it 17-all with 5:53 left in the third quarter.

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