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Forum staff reports , Published December 19 2012

Bohl says North Dakota could be empty when FCS title game is played

FRISCO, Texas – Head coach Craig Bohl is all too familiar with the type of fan turnout that his North Dakota State football team drew to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision title game last season. And he’s expecting nothing different this time around.

“I know our fan base thoroughly enjoyed it,” Bohl said. “In a couple weeks, the last person in North Dakota better turn out the lights, because I don’t know if there’s going to be anyone left in the whole state.”

Bohl and Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz addressed the media Wednesday in the annual pregame news conference leading up to the Jan. 5 FCS championship.

The two coaches have grown familiar with each other over the last year. NDSU defeated SHSU in last season’s title game.

“We had a great experience last year other than the final score of the game,” Fritz said. “I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Bohl and North Dakota State.”

While Frisco is the final destination for the Bison for the second straight season, Bohl said that the paths taken to the championship game each of the last two years have been very different.

“We were able to kind of cruise through our playoff stretch (last year) before we got to Frisco, and that was not the case this year,” Bohl said.

Fritz sees one big difference in his Bearkats from a year ago.

“The difference in our squad from this season to last season is we’re throwing the ball more effectively than we have in the past,” he said. “That was a big goal of ours in the offseason program.”