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Forum staff reports, Published January 07 2013

Bison end season as unanimous No. 1

PHILADELPHIA - North Dakota State was a unanimous selection on Monday on all 142 ballots of The Sports Network FCS Top 25.

The NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision champions finished with their second straight 14-1 record and had three more wins than any other FCS team.

"A tremendous amount of sacrifice and dedication by everybody in our organization," head coach Craig Bohl said following the 39-13 triumph over Sam Houston State.

The Bison were ranked No. 1 in 11 of the 14 polls this season.

Sam Houston State (11-4), the team the Bison defeated in Saturday's championship game, was voted second on 128 of the 142 ballots. Coach Willie Fritz's Bearkats, the Southland Conference co-champions, finished behind North Dakota State in the point total, 3,550 to 3,386.

Online: The FCS Top 25 poll.