FARGO — The North Dakota State football team went to Washington, D.C., this week, only it wasn’t a physical presence of the players and coaches. The elected officials team of Sen. John Hoeven and Sen. Kevin Cramer and Rep. Kelly Armstrong did the public relations work with speeches on the House and Senate floor.
Hoeven and Cramer introduced a resolution honoring the 2018 Division I FCS national championships, which was passed unanimously. The Bison defeated Eastern Washington 38-24 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
“What the NDSU football team has done by winning seven national championships over its last eight seasons is truly unprecedented,” Hoeven said.
Armstrong honored the team with a speech on the U.S. House of Representatives floor.
The text of the Senate resolution read as follows:
“RESOLUTION Congratulating the North Dakota State University football team for winning the 2018 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football Championship Subdivision title.
Whereas the North Dakota State University (referred to in this preamble as ‘‘NDSU’’) Bison football team won the 2018 National Collegiate Athletic Association (referred to in this preamble as the ‘‘NCAA’’) Division I Football Championship Subdivision title game in Frisco, Texas, on January 5, 2019, in a convincing victory over the Eastern Washington University Eagles by a score of 38 to 24;
Whereas, with the 2018 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision title, NDSU has now won 15 NCAA football championships; 2 PAT19022 S.L.C. Whereas NDSU has won 7 of the last 8 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision titles, an exceptional achievement that is unprecedented in modern collegiate football history;
Whereas the NDSU Bison completed the 2018 NCAA football season with a perfect record of 15 wins and 0 losses, displaying extraordinary resilience and skill;
Whereas head coach Chris Klieman and the entire coaching staff led the NDSU Bison to an outstanding total of 69 wins and 4 national championships during the 5 seasons that Chris Klieman was head coach at NDSU, instilling character and perseverance in the members of the NDSU football program;
Whereas an estimated 17,000 NDSU Bison fans attended the championship game, reflecting the tremendous spirit and determination of Bison Nation that has helped propel the success of the team; and
Whereas the 2018 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision title was a victory not only for the NDSU football team, but also for the entire State of North Dakota: Now, therefore, be it 1 Resolved, That the Senate— 2 (1) congratulates the North Dakota State Uni3 versity Bison football team as the champions of the 4 2018 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football Championship Subdivision; 6 (2) commends the players, coaches, and staff of 7 North Dakota State University for— 8 (A) their hard work and dedication; and 3 PAT19022 S.L.C. 1 (B) fostering a continuing tradition of ex2 cellence; and 3 (3) recognizes the students, alumni, and loyal 4 fans who supported the North Dakota State University Bison football team during a successful quest to 6 bring home another National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football Championship Subdivi8 sion trophy for North Dakota State University.”