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No. 3-seeded Bison set to host nationally televised FCS quarterfinal Friday night

NDSU is slated to play against Samford on Friday, Dec. 9, in the FCS quarterfinals.

North Dakota State's Dylan Hendricks celebrates a sack against Montana during the NCAA FCS playoffs at the Fargodome on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.
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FARGO — North Dakota State is slated to play its next NCAA Division I FCS playoff game in prime time on national television.

The No. 3-seeded Bison host No. 6 seed Samford at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome in a game televised on ESPN2. The game will mark the first meeting between the football programs.

NDSU (10-2) is coming off a 49-26 victory against the Montana Grizzlies on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Fargodome. NDSU rushed for 453 yards on 42 attempts against Montana.

The defending national champion Bison are playing in the FCS quarterfinals for a 13th consecutive season.

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Samford (11-1) earned a 48-42 overtime victory against Southeastern Louisiana to reach the quarterfinals. The Bulldogs lone loss this season came against FBS power Georgia.


No. 1-seeded South Dakota State (11-1) hosts Holy Cross (12-0), No. 4-seeded Montana State (11-1) hosts Williams & Mary (11-1) and No. 2-seeded Sacramento State (12-0) hosts Incarnate Word (11-1) in the other three quarterfinals.

The NDSU-Samford winner is slated to play the Sacramento State-Incarnate Word winner in the FCS semifinals.

The Montana State-William & Mary game is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. (CST) Friday, Dec. 9, at Bobcat Stadium and televised on ESPN2. Former Bison player and assistant coach Brent Vigen is the Montana State head coach.

The SDSU-Holy Cross game is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium and televised on ESPN.

The Sacramento State-Incarnate Word game is slated for 9:30 p.m. (CST) Friday, Dec. 9, at Hornet Stadium and aired on ESPN+.

Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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