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Published January 05 2013

Forum editorial: Too soon to think dynasty?

It was all over before the fourth quarter. That’s how convincing the North Dakota State University Bison win over the Sam Houston State University Bearkats was Saturday afternoon in Frisco, Texas. In a rematch of last year’s NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision title game, the Bison dominated so completely in the second half that, in the end, it was a 39-13 rout.

The experts didn’t see it coming. Most Bison watchers, and even the fans and sports analysts in Bearkat country, expected a close game. And the first half seemed to go that way. But after halftime, the qualities that have distinguished the Bison all season took over the contest. They were coached better. They were brazenly opportunistic, never letting a Bearkat mistake go unpunished. They were better conditioned; none of the impact players seemed to tire. They were better disciplined, avoiding the kind of foolish penalties that made for a long afternoon for Sam Houston.

And how about this: If there ever was a more enthusiastic, more dedicated fan base than those 10,000 or so cheering people who followed the Bison to Frisco, we don’t know of it. They never let down in their support for the team, which was so complete that many of them made travel and lodging arrangements in Frisco at the beginning of the season. How’s that for faith in the team?

It paid off. The Bison players, coach Craig Bohl and his extraordinary staff did not disappoint. The football program they and NDSU’s administration put together over the past decade has resulted in sellout home games at the Fargodome and not one, but two national championships.

In the world of collegiate sports, it does not get any better for NDSU, Fargo and the state of North Dakota. The Bison truly are North Dakota’s team, North Dakota’s ambassadors, and North Dakota’s two-time Division I FCS national champions.

While it might be a tad early to raise expectations for next season, Bohl will be returning a core of experienced, proven athletes. And his recruiting skills are legendary. Can anyone spell “dynasty”?

Congratulations to the team members, the coach and his staff, a supportive university and a fan base that is the best in the nation. Job well done.

Forum editorials represent the opinion of Forum management and the newspaper’s Editorial Board.