Top-seeded JMU is trying to become just the fourth school ever to win back-to-back FCS championships.
Previous meeting: JMU ended NDSU's streak of five consecutive FCS national championships with a 27-17 win in the semifinals a year ago.
"We've won the sixth national champions in seven years, Klieman said. Getting up at five in the morning, lifting weights 360 days a year, I mean they work hard and they should be patted on the back and recognized every time we see them", Mclaughlin said.
"I've noticed in traveling a lot of people will say "well you're from Fargo, that's where the Bison is, right?' and I go 'yeah". Both teams pound the ground.
Stick is one of the country's most efficient passers, and the 6-foot-2, 221-pound junior ranks third in yards per completion.
NDSU 14 JMU 3 - Easton Stick completes a 50-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Shepherd with 4:14 left in the second quarter.
North Dakota State led, 17-13, with 4:37 remaining in the game Saturday when James Madison defensive lineman Simeyan Robinson blocked a Cam Pederson field-goal attempt to give his offense possession on its own 27-yard line.
James Madison comes up short in quest for back-to-back FCS Championships, falling to NDSU 17-13
The win pulls North Dakota State into a tie with Georgia Southern - now a member of the FBS Sun Belt Conference - for the most FCS titles; however, the Eagles won their six in eight tries, while the Bison are a ideal 6-for-6.
"Oh no doubt", says Houston.
And Bison fans know just how sweet it tastes as they watched their team bring a win back to Fargo. "There's no doubt. And we're excited about it too". "It just so happens it's James Madison, whom we have a ton of respect for".
Senior quarterback Bryan Schor threw three interceptions in the previous six games but was picked twice without throwing a touchdown against the Bison. "You play it to get into these games, and have these moments with your teammates, and it's going to be a great game".
North Dakota State (14-1) led this one throughout.
And in only one of those six trips to Frisco has North Dakota State surrendered more than 13 points.
The Dukes and Bison will play for the FCS National Championship on Saturday at 12 PM Eastern in Frisco, Texas.
Jerry Van Dyke Dead at 86
Van Dyke's credits range from " My Mother the Car " in the 1960s to " Coach " in the late 1980s to, more recently, " The Middle ". The site also reported that brother Dick, 92, made a visit to his little brother during Christmastime.