NORMAL, ILL. - Sam Ojuri and John Crockett each rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown, Marcus Williams returned a kickoff a career-long 98 yards for a score, and North Dakota State won the Missouri Valley Conference's outright title on Saturday, beating Illinois State 38-20 in both teams' regular-season finale.
Ojuri had 118 yards on the ground, including a 1-yard TD that capped a 21-point fourth quarter for the Bison (10-1, 7-1). Crockett scored on a 5-yard run and totaled 109 yards rushing. It's the first time the Bison had two backs rush for over 100 yards since October 2008.
NDSU defensive end Cole Jirik recorded a career-high three sacks and pair of forced fumbles. Linebacker Grant Olson posted 12 tackles.
Matt Brown threw for 212 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown to Jordan Neukirch, and ran for a score for the Redbirds (8-3, 5-3), who could have claimed a share of the title with a victory.
South Dakota State (6-2, 8-3) wound up alone in second place.
The FCS playoff field will be announced Sunday afternoon.
|New England||2/1/15 5:30 PM|
|LA Clippers||7:00 PM|
|Golden State||8:00 PM|
|St. Louis||6:00 PM|
|Oregon State||9:00 PM|
|Kent State||9:00 PM|
|Canisius||4||1st Half 16:51|
|Coll of Charleston||6:00 PM|
|(19) Princeton||6:00 PM|
|(9) Florida State||6:00 PM|
|Wichita State||7:00 PM|
|Missouri State||7:05 PM|
|(11) Arizona State||8:00 PM|
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