North Dakota State entered the 2012 FCS playoffs as the number one seed, but its path to Frisco was anything but easy.

The Bison had to face a tough South Dakota State team in the opening round of the playoffs and then welcomed in Wofford, a perennial playoff contender out of the Southern Conference. The Terriers reached the quarterfinals after beating New Hampshire at home in the second round, 23-7. Running back Eric Breitenstein was a monster, racking up 247 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

North Dakota State linebacker Grant Olson produces one of his school-record 29 tackles on Wofford quarterback Brian Kass during the 2012 FCS playoff game in the Fargodome. David Samson / The Forum
North Dakota State linebacker Grant Olson produces one of his school-record 29 tackles on Wofford quarterback Brian Kass during the 2012 FCS playoff game in the Fargodome. David Samson / The Forum

Breitenstein and the Terrier triple option was the main focus for Craig Bohl and the Bison defense that week. Junior middle linebacker Grant Olson was going to be right in the crosshairs of Breitenstein for this matchup and knew it heading in.

Olson turned in a performance for all-time, he racked up 29 tackles in the game, setting a school record in the process beating Ken Clark's old mark. The most remarkable stat from the game was that Wofford ran 58 plays, Olson was involved in a tackle on half of those plays.

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The Terriers didn't score on offense in this game, their only points came on a pick six early in the second quarter. Brock Jensen completed 13 of 18 passes for just 95 yards, NDSU ran for 167 yards but the defense was the story of this game.

Olson joins Dom Izzo and Jeff Kolpack to look back at a historic performance.

North Dakota State linebacker Grant Olson produces one of his school-record 29 tackles on Wofford quarterback Brian Kass during the 2012 FCS playoff game in the Fargodome. David Samson / The Forum
North Dakota State linebacker Grant Olson produces one of his school-record 29 tackles on Wofford quarterback Brian Kass during the 2012 FCS playoff game in the Fargodome. David Samson / The Forum