This one proved to be a thriller, but it was North Dakota State who emerged victorious Saturday as the Bison football team won the school's fourth straight national championship, beating Illinois State 29-27.
It was a 5-yard touchdown run by quarterback Carson Wentz with just 37 seconds remaining that gave NDSU the come-from-behind win, the Fargo Forum reports.
With the victory, North Dakota State becomes the first four-time repeat champs at their level of college football (Division I FCS), the Forum says.
NDSU's winning drive came after Illinois State took the lead on a 58-yard touchdown run by Tre Robertson with 1:38 left to play.
Wentz completed three passes to R.J. Uzendowski – two of them for gains of more than 30 yards – before running the ball in himself from the 5 for the winning score.
Wentz's 87 yards on the ground made him the Bison's leading rusher. He also completed passes to seven different receivers for 237 yards and a touchdown.
SB Nation notes North Dakota State is the first college football program to pull off a four-peat at any level since Augustana College won Division III titles from 1983 through '86.