No. 1-ranked North Dakota State (12-0) dominated on the ground, accumulating 407 yards rushing while scoring on its first six possessions en route to a 52-10 win over No. 23 Montana State at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome in the FCS quarterfinals.
Three Bison rushers gained more than 100 yards, which was the first time that had happened since 1996, when Reggie Scott (170), Kevin Feeney (145) and Jake Morris (109) did it against Minnesota State Mankato.
The trio was led by Lance Dunn's 127 yards on 11 carries. He also posted an NDSU postseason record-tying four rushing touchdowns.
Bruce Anderson had 118 yards rushing and a touchdown on 13 attempts, while Ty Brooks had 103 yards with a touchdown on six rushes.
NDSU's seven rushing touchdowns tied a school postseason record set in 1988 vs. Augustana (S.D.).
The Bison (12-0) led Montana State (8-5) at halftime 35-3, with all Dunn's scores in the books by then and the Bobcats only accumulating four first downs. They play No. 8 Colgate next weekend after the Raiders beat James Madison 23-20 Saturday.
South Dakota State 51, Duqesne 6: The Jackrabbits built up a 24-0 halftime lead, propelling them to a rout of the Dukes in Brookings, S.D., in the FCS quarterfinals.
South Dakota State did most of its damage running the ball, accumulating 338 yards and five touchdowns. Mikey Daniels led the attack with 100 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns. Isaiah Hill also had two scores.
The Jackrabbits will play No. 4 Kennesaw State next weekend in Georgia.