Jensen, Crockett key NDSU to easy win in FCS semis

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 21, 2013
Brock Jensen threw three touchdown passes and John Crockett ran for 196 yards to help North Dakota State overpower New Hampshire 52-14 in the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals Friday night. The two-time national champion Bison (14-0) advanced to the FCS title game Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas, against the winner of the second semifinal between Eastern Washington and Towson. North Dakota State is trying to match Appalachian State's string of three straight FCS crowns from 2005-07. The Bison overcame two turnovers and a 7-0 deficit in the first 3 minutes to roll before a playoff record-crowd of 18,694 fans at the Fargodome in the last home game for 24 seniors and head coach Craig Bohl, who's leaving for Wyoming after the championship game. Jensen, the winningest quarterback in FCS history, threw touchdown passes to Zach Vraa, Derrick Lang and Kevin Vaadeland in the first half and scored a 1-yard keeper early in the second. North Dakota State finished with a 509-184 advantage in total offense. Its defense forced three turnovers and scored a touchdown. The Bison took the opening kickoff and promptly spotted New Hampshire (10-5) a 7-0 lead. On the third play from scrimmage, cornerback Steven Thames stepped in front of a pass intended for Ryan Smith and sprinted 38 yards for a touchdown. The Bison coughed it up again less than a minute later when Sam Ojuri fumbled and Casey DeAndrade recovered and returned it to the NDSU 29. The Wildcats failed to come away with points. An incomplete pass and two running plays moved the ball to the NDSU 24. New Hampshire decided to go for it on fourth-and-5 and quarterback Sean Goldrich was stopped for a 2-yard gain after he scrambled out of the pocket. The Bison scored 31 points before half, including Jensen's three touchdown passes, a 32-yard field goal by Adam Keller, and a defensive touchdown. Crockett ripped off several long runs for the Bison, including a 71-yard jaunt on NDSU's first play from scrimmage in the second half. He was pushed out of bounds at the 7.
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