FARGO, N.D. (AP) Hunter Luepke had touchdown receptions of 32 and 22 yards to bookend the scoring and added 106 yards rushing on 17 carries to help No. 2 seed North Dakota State beat James Madison 20-14 on Friday night in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs.
North Dakota State (13-1) plays the winner between No. 8 seed Montana State and unseeded South Dakota State - which handed the Bison their only loss this season, 27-19 on Nov. 6 in Brookings, South Dakota - for the national championship in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 8.
NDSU has won three straight, and four of its five all-time, meetings with the Dukes, all in the FCS playoffs, and is 31-1 at home in postseason - the lone loss coming against JMU, 27-17 in the 2016 semifinals. The Bison beat JMU for the 2017 and 2019 national titles, winning 17-13 and 28-20, respectively.