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10 incredible facts about North Dakota State University's 7 championships in 8 years

NDSU won its seventh FCS championship on Saturday.

North Dakota State University toppled Eastern Washington 38-24 Saturday in Frisco, Texas, to claim its second consecutive national championship and seventh in the past eight years. 

If that's not incredible enough, here are 10 facts about NDSU's dynasty. 

1. The greatest winner in FCS history Pt. 1

NDSU's seven national championships are the most in FCS history, surpassing Georgia Southern's six FCS titles. The Bison have 15 national titles overall. 

2. The greatest winner in FCS history Pt. 2

Easton Stick finishes his career with a 49-3 record, making him the winningest quarterback in FCS history. Stick also passed Brock Jensen for the most passing yards in NDSU history (8,693 yards). 

3. Dominating running backs

Take a look at NDSU's all-time rushing leaders and you'll see that three of the top 10 have played during the dynasty. John Crockett (2012-14) is No. 2 all time with 4,309 yards, Sam Ojuri (2009, 11-13) is fourth with 3,694 yards, and Lance Dunn (2015-18) moved into eighth all time with 3,028 yards.

4. Chris Klieman goes out a winner

The head coach is now done at NDSU, on his way to become head coach at Kansas State. Klieman was the defensive coordinator for NDSU's first three championships, and the head coach for the last four. 

Klieman's four titles as head coach tie Youngstown State's Jim Tressel for the most in FCS history. 

5. Easton Stick could run the ball, too

As good as Stick is as a passer, he's just as dangerous as a scrambling quarterback. Stick had 121 yards and three rushing touchdowns against Eastern Washington. His 41 career rushing touchdowns are actually tied with Crockett for sixth all time in school history. 

6. Easton Stick vs. Carson Wentz

Time will tell if Stick goes on to the NFL like Wentz did as the No. 2 overall pick a couple of years ago, but Stick's college passing stats blow Wentz's away. 

  • Stick: 8,693 yards, 88 touchdowns, 28 interceptions, 61 percent completions
  • Wentz: 5,115 yards, 45 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 64 percent completions

Granted, Wentz played in fewer games as he battled injuries and was a backup his first two years. 

7. Top 2 WRs in school history played in the dynasty

We're talking about Rosemount native Zach Vraa, who played from 2011-15 and left as NDSU's all-time leader in receptions (195), receiving yards (2,957) and receiving touchdowns (28). 

Right behind Vraa is the MVP of the this year's title game, Darrius Shepherd, who finishes his career with 188 receptions for 2,841 yards and 20 touchdowns. 

8. Amazing star power in the secondary

NDSU's championships have been built on defense, and some of the best in program history have been ball hawks over the last eight years. Specifically, cornerback Marcus Williams (2010-13) and safety Robbie Grimsley (2015-18). 

Williams, a former Hopkins High School standout, is No. 1 in NDSU history with 21 interceptions, seven of them returned for touchdowns. No. 2 on the list is Grimsley, the former Minnesota Mr. Football winner from Hutchinson, who has 17 career picks. 

9. 24 seniors go out on top

The 24 seniors on this year's roster are the most the Bison have had in any year they've won a championship during the dynasty, according to ESPN. The big question next year is who the starting quarterback will be. 

Brock Jenson won the first three titles, followed by two straight by his backup, Carson Wentz. Easton Stick was the backup to Wentz before taking over as starter. 

So who is Stick's backup? Good question. There are three other quarterbacks on the roster, and all of them were freshmen this season: Trey Lance (Marshall, MN), Noah Sanders (Lakeville, MN) and Holden Hotchkiss (Lakeland, Florida). 

10. Perfect records are hard to come by

The 2018 Bison became just the fifth team to finish an undefeated season as the national champion. The only other NDSU team to do it was the 2013 squad. 

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