Scores

Final

Lehigh 0

(11-2, 6-1 away)

North Dakota St 24

(12-1, 7-1 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

4:00 PM ET, December 10, 2011

1 2 3 4 T
LEH 0 0 0 00
NDSU 0 17 0 724

Top Performers

Passing: C. Lum (LEH) - 288 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: S. Ojuri (NDSU) - 17 CAR, 136 YDS

Receiving: W. Holloway (NDSU) - 8 REC, 96 YDS, 1 TD

N. Dakota St. 24, Lehigh 0

Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. -- Brock Jensen accounted for three touchdowns, and North Dakota State's defense pitched a shutout against one of the top quarterbacks in the country for a 24-0 victory Saturday over Lehigh in a Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal.

Sam Ojuri rushed for 136 yards to lead the No. 2 seed Bison (12-1), who will face third-seeded Georgia Southern next weekend in Fargo.

NDSU coach Craig Bohl credited his team's blitzing defense and a noisy crowd of more than 18,000 fans at the Fargodome for holding down Lehigh's Chris Lum, a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the top FCS player. Lum completed 25 of 52 passes for 288 yards and two interceptions.

"We were hitting and hitting and hitting. That really takes a quarterback out of his rhythm," Bohl said.

Lum said he never felt comfortable in the pocket.

"It's just a really good defense that threw everything at us," Lum said. "We moved the ball at times but didn't finish."

Jensen scored on a pair of 1-yard sneaks, the last of which capped a 16-play, 80-yard drive to give the Bison a 24-0 lead with 7:23 left. He found Warren Holloway for a 38-yard score in the second quarter.

The Bison had an 11-play, 97-yard drive in the second quarter.

"It wasn't one of our cleanest games," said Bohl, noting that the Bison had three turnovers. "But we played hard."

Lehigh had a chance to make it interesting late in the third quarter. Trailing 17-0, Lum drove Lehigh from its own 20 to the NDSU 11. The Mountain Hawks then put backup quarterback Michael Colvin in the game, and Colvin was intercepted by Preston Evans in the end zone.

Lehigh coach Andy Coen said Colvin is a talented runner who has been used regularly in goal-line situations.

"He was trying to make a play. That's what happens when you're down 17-0," Coen said.

Lehigh (11-2) played without top receiver Ryan Spadola, who was suspended earlier this week, and top running back Zach Barket, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury three games ago.

"He's a great player," Lum said of Spadola. "During the game I'm not thinking about that at all. We had some other guys step up and play well."

Ryan Jastram kicked a 31-yard field goal just before halftime to give the Bison a 17-0 lead at the half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LEH
NDSU
1st Downs1920
Total Yards356384
Passing288163
Rushing68221
Penalties6-506-54
3rd Down Conversions5-155-11
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Turnovers33
Possession29:1430:46

Passing Leaders

LehighC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lum25/522885.502
North Dakota StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jensen17/281635.811

Rushing Leaders

LehighCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fitz11464.2013
Sherman4184.507
North Dakota StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ojuri171368.0026
McNorton11524.7014

Receiving Leaders

LehighRECYDSAVGTDLG
Drwal1011111.1032
Kurfis24824.0024
North Dakota StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Holloway89612.0138
Keller12222.0022

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERLEHNDSU
TD10:33Warren Holloway 38 Yd Pass From Brock Jensen (Ryan Jastram Kick) 07
TD02:10Brock Jensen 1 Yd Run (Ryan Jastram Kick) 014
FG00:05Ryan Jastram 31 Yd 017
FOURTH QUARTERLEHNDSU
TD07:23Brock Jensen 1 Yd Run (Ryan Jastram Kick) 024