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PHOTOS: Scenes from a Bison 31-point FCS playoff victory against Southern Illinois

North Dakota State rushed for nearly 400 yards and cruised to victory against Southern Illinois on the second round of the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs.

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North Dakota State quarterback Cam Miller signals silence to Southern Illinois defense after scoring a first quarter touchdown during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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FARGO — North Dakota State is headed to the NCAA Division I FCS quarterfinals for a 12th consecutive season.

The No. 2-seeded Bison overpowered Southern Illinois with their ground game and steamrolled to a 38-7 victory against the Salukis in the second round of the playoffs before 12,557 fans.

The Bison (11-1) host No. 7-seeded East Tennessee State next weekend in the quarterfinals. ETSU rallied for a 32-31 victory against Kennesaw State in the second round. The Bison rushed for 389 yards on 62 attempts against SIU and have rushed for more than 300 yards in three consecutive games.

“We’re a line-of-scrimmage football team and we want to run the football and if we can keep on running it, we’re going to do it." said Bison head coach Matt Entz.

Below are images from NDSU's playoff victory against Southern Illinois:

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North Dakota State captains Phoenix Sproles, Jackson Hankey, Michael Tutsie and Logan McCormick take the field for the coin toss against Southern Illinois during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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More Bison football coverage:

  • Bison overpower Southern Illinois, roll into FCS quarterfinals for 12th consecutive season The North Dakota State running game proved too much for Southern Illinois as the Bison advanced to the Division I FCS quarterfinals.
  • Bison notebook: Entz says 'fingers crossed' after Gindorff's lower-leg injury North Dakota State tight end Noah Gindorff left the game against Southern Illinois in the first half with a lower-leg injury.
  • WATCH: The Bison Media Zone Postgame Show The InForum sports team breaks down the North Dakota State Bison vs. Southern Illinois Salukis matchup.
  • McFeely: Bison star Watson missing with injury, but for how long? NDSU rolls over Southern Illinois without NFL-bound receiver, but it could hurt more in quest for championship

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North Dakota State's Eli Mostaer slams Southern Illinois running back Donnavan Spencer to the turf during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State quarterback Cam Miller breaks away from Southern Illinois' Kholbe Coleman and Anthony Knighton for a touchdown in the second quarter during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State' quarterback Quincy Patterson collides with Southern Illinois' Kholbe Coleman and PJ Jules on a carry during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State quarterback Quincy Patterson carries against Southern Illinois' DJ Johnson during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State running back TaMerik Williams skips in the end zone to score past Southern Illinois defenders PJ Jules and Clayton Bush during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State's Eli Mostaert sacks Southern Illinois quarterback Nic Baker during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State's Eli Mostaert takes a bow after sacking Southern Illinois quarterback Nic Baker as teammate Brayden Thomas celebrates during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State's Noah Gindorff is helped to the locker room by teammates Bartholomew Ogbu and Lane Tucker after sustaining a leg injury against Southern Illinois during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State super fan Bob Clark is honored for attending his 500th straight Bison football game against Southern Illinois during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State quarterback Cam Miller carries against Southern Illinois during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State's Kobe Johnson hits the sidelines against Southern Illinois' Clayton Bush and Qua Brown during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State's James Kaczor upends Southern Illinois' Izaiah Hartrup during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State's Jake Reinholz connects for a field goal with a hold from Kaedin Steindorf against Southern Illinois during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State's Destin Talbert tries to tackle Southern Illinois' Donnavan Spencer during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State's Cam Miller looks to pass under pressure from Southern Illinois' Jordan Berner during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State fans flex their muscles during a break in play against Southern Illinois during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State quarterback Cam Miller is congratulated by head coach Matt Entz after scoring against Southern Illinois during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State's Noah Gindorff carries against Southern Illinois during their NCAA FCS second-round football playoff game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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North Dakota State's Braylon Henderson heads upfield after a pass reception against Southern Illinois during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State's Dawson Weber celebrates a tackle against Southern Illinois during their NCAA FCS second-round football playoff game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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North Dakota State's Kobe Johnson crash lands between Southern Illinois' Kholbe Coleman and Zach Burrola during the FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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North Dakota State students stand for the school song before the NCAA FCS second-round football playoff game against Southern Illinois on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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North Dakota State's Cam Miller scores a touchdown against Southern Illinois during their NCAA FCS second-round football playoff game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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North Dakota State's Cam Miller celebrates a touchdown against Southern Illinois during their NCAA FCS second-round football playoff game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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North Dakota State's TaMerik Williams carries against Southern Illinois during their NCAA FCS second-round football playoff game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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North Dakota State's Quincy Patterson carries against Southern Illinois during their NCAA FCS second-round football playoff game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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North Dakota State's Jake Reinholz watches his field goal sail through the Southern Illinois uprights during their NCAA FCS second-round football playoff game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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North Dakota State fans celebrate a touchdown against Southern Illinois during their NCAA FCS second-round football playoff game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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North Dakota State's Jayden Price reaches to recover the ball after being stuck by Southern Illinois’ Dre Newman during their NCAA FCS second-round football playoff game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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North Dakota State's Cam Miller hands off to Jalen Bussey to carry against Southern Illinois during their NCAA FCS second-round football playoff game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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North Dakota State's Jake Kava celebrates a sack against Southern Illinois during their NCAA FCS second-round football playoff game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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North Dakota State's Quincy Patterson runs for a touchdown against Southern Illinois during their NCAA FCS second-round football playoff game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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North Dakota State's Nick Kubitz pulls down Southern Illinois‘ Javon Williams Jr. during their NCAA FCS second-round football playoff game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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