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Frisco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Just down the road from the FCS championship game, theres a certain playoff about to wrap up Monday night that surely has some catching up to do to whats been going on in the other half of Division I college football. Even Jerry Jones, whose Cowboys Stadium in Arlington will be hosting Ohio State and Oregon for the FBS championship game, might have to agree the 24-team playoffs on the FCS level have a little something on the four-team College Football Playoff. Even if North Dakota State keeps winning the FCS title, as it did Saturday with a 29-27 victory over Illinois State. The thrilling matchup of Missouri Valley Conference teams was an excellent advertisement for the playoff system. In the FCS, it dates to 1978. Well, yeah, I think a playoff could work, and we like what we have in FCS, NDSU coach Chris Klieman said. We have 24 teams and you get a true champion because youve got to win a number of games in consecutive weeks. But I dont know if theyll ever do that at that level of having how many teams, is it four, is it eight, so on. But no, its fun to have a true champion, and we crowned two champions today. We crowned a true Missouri Valley champion today and a national champion today. I think that with the playoff system, added Bison running back John Crockett, I think thats something that they really should look deeply into because at the end of the day when you go to school, you dont want to be just another player. You dont want to be just another school. I feel like at the end of a football season, its either youre the best or youre just amongst the rest. I feel like at the end of the day, if you want to hold your finger up and say, were the best team in the nation, hands down, playoffs, its perfect, because a bowl game cant -- like TCU, they played great, and other teams didnt play so well. I think that they really need to think about that because look at this, this is amazing, great atmosphere, and you know at the end of the day whos No. 1. Interestingly, Illinois State coach Brock Spack feels differently from his championship game brethren. He doesnt see a need for the FBS playoff to expand beyond four teams. Spack coached on the higher level of Division I for two decades and values the bowl games as well as the playoffs. The bowl scenario I think works for them, he said. I think the plus-one or whatever youre calling this is interesting. I think it seems like its a very good equation because I dont think they would have picked the two teams that theyre going to play Monday night. I really like the playoff scenario. Its unique to our level football. Ive really enjoyed it. I dont think for - this is just my opinion, that they should get away from the bowl scenario. I think thats unique to that level, and maybe four teams is the magic number. Im not in that position to make that decision or really have an opinion. It seems to be working out very well. Will they go to six or eight or whatever? I think youve got to be careful with that, particularly with these unprofessional players. Youre talking about academics, and were trying to reduce the risk of injury, and obviously the more games you play, the more you expose these guys to injury. FCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME STORY North Dakota State (15-1) 29, Illinois State (13-2) 27 http://tinyurl.com/lfubljh GAME BALLS Offense - NDSU quarterback Carson Wentz might stand 6-foot-6, but he has both mobility and the ability to improvise under pressure. The championship games most outstanding player completed 15-of-22 pass attempts for 237 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 87 yards on 16 carries, including the game-winning touchdown as well as a fumble at the end of a 23-yard run in the first quarter. Defense - NDSUs starting trio of linebackers led their team in tackles as Carlton Littlejohn had eight solo tackles, Esley Thornton had six stops as well as a late-game interception to seal the win, and Nick DeLuca had six more tackles. For Illinois State, defensive tackle Brandon Prate had eight solo tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss. Special Teams - So senior Adam Keller finally didnt convert a PAT after NDSU took the late 29-27 lead. He deserved a little slack despite the blocked kick as he had made 117 PATs in a row. He kicked two 41-yard field goals and a 24- yarder to reach an FCS single-season record 29 field goals, and he added two PATs in an 11-point game. IN MEMORIAL Illinois State players wore a red-and-white commemorative decal with the number 65 on their helmet to honor John Rodgers, the father of Eastern Washington senior All-America offensive tackle Jake Rodgers. John Rodgers suffered a heart attack in the stands during the FCS quarterfinal game between Illinois State and EWU on Dec. 13 and passed away two weeks later. Members of the Redbirds team found it difficult to celebrate after the win considering what happened during the game and wanted to express their support of both the Rodgers and EWU families. In another sign of sportsmanship, the NDSU and Illinois State players not involved in the pregame coin toss walked out on the field to shake hands with each other. It was a sign of mutual respect between two teams from the same conference. CONFERENCE SCOREBOARD The Missouri Valley set an FCS single-season record with its 10 playoff wins, two more than the previous high. The combined records of the 11 FCS conferences that participate in the playoffs: Missouri Valley (five qualifiers) - 10-4 (.714) CAA Football (four) - 4-4 (.500) Southland (three) - 3-3 (.500) Big South (two) - 2-2 (.500) Big Sky (three) - 2-3 (.400) Patriot (one) - 1-1 (.500) Southern (one) - 1-1 (.500) MEAC (one) - 0-1 (.000) Northeast (one) - 0-1 (.000) Pioneer (one) - 0-1 (.000) Ohio Valley (two) - 0-2 (.000) IN THE HUDDLE SCOREBOARD Championship Game Record: 1-0 (1.000) Season Record: 645-193 (.770) Ian Mahinmi Jersey . -- Jerome Verrier scored once and set up two more as the Drummondville Voltigeurs downed the visiting Chicoutimi Sagueneens 5-1 on Friday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play. Michael Jordan Jersey . -- Canadas Nicole Vandermade won the Four Winds Invitational on Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory. Tim Frazier Jersey, Official Tim Frazier Wizards T-Shirts & Authentic Jerseys. 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Hellickson, coming back after arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in January, gave up one run and six hits. James Loney had an RBI double and Logan Forsythe hit a sacrifice fly as Tampa Bay took a 4-1 lead in the eighth. The Rays were aided when Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar fielded Longorias grounder with no outs, but was beaten to second base by Brandon Guyer, who had a leadoff bunt single. Salvador Perez had three RBIs, including a two-run single off Jake McGee in the ninth that pulled the Royals within 4-3. Kansas City had at least one baserunner in all nine innings. McGee, the fourth Tampa Bay reliever, went the final 1 1-3 innings forr his sixth save.ddddddddddddThe left-hander entered with two on and two outs in the eighth, and got a flyball from pinch-hitter Danny Valencia. Kansas Citys Lorenzo Cain reached base five times four hits and a walk. The Royals went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position through eight innings. Brad Boxberger (2-1) replaced Hellickson in the fifth with runners on first and third with one out and gave up an RBI grounder to Perez that put Kansas City ahead 1-0. NOTES: The Royals signed LHP Joe Saunders to a minor league deal and will assign him to Triple-A Omaha. ... Rays manager Joe Maddon said OF David DeJesus (broken left hand) should be back by early August, while OF Wil Myers (broken right wrist) could return in mid-August. ... Kansas City manager Ned Yost said OF Nori Aoki (strained left groin) could return just before or right after the All-Star break. ... Tampa Bay SS Yunel Escobar (shoulder) started a rehab assignment with Single-A Charlotte. ... Royals RHP Yordano Ventura (6-7) and Rays RHP Alex Cobb (4-6) are the scheduled starters for the series finale Wednesday night. Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2018 Cheap Jerseys Store NFL Jerseys Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys From China ' ' '
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