SeattleGriz wrote:Holy crap. Finally got a chance to watch the game and JMU was the better team, but NDSU did their usual solid execution for the win. Congrats Bison.
It's amazing to me that NDSU was able to win without its starting corners. To me it really looked like JMU had a big advantage in the receivers vs. cornerbacks matchups. But somehow it didn't kill them. Part of it was JMU receivers dropping a lot of passes. But it still amazed me that NDSU was able to win with that chink in its armour.
And it IS true that North Dakota State was able to run the ball better. Not overwhelming but better. It's like I said in an earlier post the rushing stats are kind of distorted in that JMU had 24 yards on a fake punt and NDSU lost 27 yards on that final play where the QB ran around backwards to run out the clock. You take those two plays out and look at what the offenses did on normal plays and NDSU had a 161 to 69 edge in rushing yards. if you just look at the 161 yards rushing they had until intentionally losing 27 on the last play that was a pretty decent day against a team that gave up only 87 rushing yards per game in its previous contests.
I think NDSU was the more physical team. Not by a lot. But they were by a little bit in that game. At the same time I thought JMU looked like the more athletic team.