North Dakota State romps to victory over South Dakota, both teams earn FCS Playoff births


FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Cam Miller threw a touchdown pass and added one of North Dakota State’s six rushing scores as the Bison rolled to a 52-24 victory over South Dakota.

Tamerik Williams opened the scoring with a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter. Miller connected with Phoenix Sproles for a 75-yard touchdown and then scored on an 8-yard run to make it 21-0 after one quarter. Christian Watson’s 43-yard TD run gave the Bison, a 28-0 lead just three minutes into the second quarter.

South Dakota earned a home game against Southern Illinois in the first round of the FCS playoffs. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. Saturday inside the DakotaDome.  It is the program’s second FCS playoff appearance and sixth NCAA playoff appearance overall.

North Dakota State is the No. 2 overall seed for the NCAA Division I Football Championship and will host a second round playoff game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, against the winner of this week’s first-round game featuring Southern Illinois at South Dakota.  This is North Dakota State’s 12th straight postseason appearance.