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Eric Peterson, Published December 30 2011

Bison football's championship history

Bison in title games

Below are North Dakota State’s previous seven NCAA title game appearances, all of which came when the Bison were in Division II. NDSU is 5-2 in championship games. The Bison have eight overall national crowns. NDSU’s national championships in 1965, 1968 and 1969 were decided by polls.

1981

Southwest Texas State 42, NDSU 13: Former NDSU head coach Jim Wacker guided the Bobcats to a victory over the Don Morton-led Bison. SW Texas State outscored NDSU 28-0 in the second half.

1983

NDSU 42, Central State (Ohio) 21: Bison freshman quarterback Jeff Bentrim rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown and also added a TD pass to wide receiver Stacy Robinson.

1984

Troy State 18, NDSU 17: Freshman kicker Ted Clem hit a 50-yard field goal as time expired to stun the Bison. Troy State snapped the ball for the winning field goal with one second left on the clock.

1985

NDSU 35, North Alabama 7: NDSU fullback Chad Stark rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown. The Bison defense held North Alabama scoreless until the fourth quarter.

1986

NDSU 27, South Dakota 7: Bison senior quarterback Jeff Bentrim rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns to cap his stellar career with three championships. Bentrim started four title games over his career.

1988

NDSU 35, Portland State 21: Bison running back Tony Satter rushed for 151 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown run, to help NDSU cap a 14-0 season, the most victories in school history.

1990

NDSU 51, Indiana (Pa.) 11: Bison running back Tony Satter rushed for 174 yards on 12 carries, including a 66-yard TD. The NDSU defense had 10 sacks. Outside linebacker Todd Wash was in on six of those, helping the Bison cap a 14-0 season.