Bison earn FCS playoff bye

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FARGO, N.D. - Chris Klieman says the number one goal on their list every year is to win the Missouri Valley Conference.

The Bison achieved that goal with a win in the snow on Saturday against Illinois State.

It also earned North Dakota State the second seed in the F.C.S. Playoffs.

NDSU beat a division best six top-25-ranked teams this year.

"There's going to opportunities out there early in the 3rd and we have to capitalize on the opportunities and we had two opportunities. The roughing the punter that gave us some life and we were moving the ball but gave us some life and got us the score and then the great play by Jabril getting us down to the 25 and capitalizing there with another score so obviously really happy and pleased for our guys to be able to win that conference outright," said Klieman.

Klieman also found out on Monday that he is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award which goes to the F.C.S. Coach of the Year.

He says they'll enjoy a few days off this week.

Klieman said: "This is a big week for us to get a lot of guys off their feet and we'll work out a lot of the younger players over a couple work outs this week but we're cautiously optimistic that (Austin) Kuhnert will play as well as Darrius Shephard will play. I think Levi (Jordheim) would be the furthest one of those three but Levi ran late last week and he'll do rehab this week."

The Bison will play the winner of the Northern Arizona against University of San Diego game. It will be at the Fargodome in the round of 16.