football-fcs flag | January 3, 2014

Tale of the tape: FCS championship


North Dakota State has converted third downs at a .561 clip, tops in the nation. Towson is third at .503.


North Dakota State is allowing just 1.29 yards per punt return, second in the FCS. Only seven of Ben LeCompte’s 48 punts have been returned, for a total of nine yards. He has a 43.1-yard average with 23 punts inside the 20-yard line.


North Dakota State is in the national championship game for the third consecutive year, looking to join Appalachian State (2005-07) as the only teams to three-peat in the FCS.


 Towson is 5-2 against nationally ranked teams this season.


Towson is 5-2 when trailing after the first quarter this season.


North Dakota State running backs Sam Ojuri and John Crockett are each averaging 6.6 yards per carry. Ojuri has rushed for 1,314 yards while Crockett has 1,191.


Towson is 9-0 on the road this season, the best of any NCAA team.


Towson defensive end Ryan Delaire has 11.5 sacks in 14 games this season, tied for third in the FCS.


North Dakota State has allowed just 11.6 points a game, ranking first in the FCS. The Bison also rank first in rushing defense (90.2) and third-down defense (25 percent).


North Dakota State has held 12 of 14 opponents scoreless in the fourth quarter with Missouri State and New Hampshire combining for 13 points on two touchdowns. Those TDs and a Sam Houston State field goal in last year’s national title game are the only fourth-quarter points the Bison have allowed in the past 19 games.


Towson has 13 wins in 2013, setting a school record in the 45-year history of the program.


North Dakota State wide receiver Zach Vraa has a school-record 14 touchdown receptions in 2013. He is second in school history with 1,140 receiving yards.


Towson has scored multiple rushing touchdowns in 19 consecutive games. It has at least one rushing TD in 34 consecutive games. Towson has scored a school-record 54 rushing touchdowns, the most in the nation. Terrance West has scored 40 of those.


North Dakota State has won 23 consecutive games, one shy of the school and FCS records for consecutive victories.


North Dakota State beat Towson 24-17 in the only other matchup between the schools, in the quarterfinals of the 1983 Division II playoffs.


Towson is averaging 44.0 points a game in the playoffs, up from its season average of 38.5 points. The Tigers' season high is 49 points achieved three times.


North Dakota State is averaging 46.0 points a game in the playoffs, up from its season average of 39.0. The ground game is averaging 347.0 yards, up from its season average of 260.7.


With 47 victories, North Dakota State’s Brock Jensen has won more games at quarterback than any player in FCS history. He ranks second among all active FCS players in total touchdowns responsible for with 105.


Towson is averaging 248.9 yards rushing per game, 10th in the nation.


Towson running back Terrance West has rushed for 2,410 yards, the highest single-season total in FCS history. It also leads all of college football in 2013.


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