The Bison's first drive notably showcased the return of junior running back Lance Dunn - arguably NDSU's most lethal offensive threat, who hadn't played since October 21.
"Great time to get a first", Klieman said.
With the game in the final minutes, JMU ran a fake punt with Harry O'Kelly to continue the drive.
NDSU - Derrek Tuszka had 6 tackles and 2 sacks. James Madison got another, 21-yard field goal from Ratke to make the score 17-6 at halftime. Bison quarterback Stick then hit receiver Darrius Shepherd for a 50-yard touchdown in the second quarter, followed up with a Cam Pedersen 32-yard field goal to make it 17-3 NDSU. He returned one 37 yards to the NDSU 14-yard line late in the first quarter, and set up JMU's first touchdown of the day with a 33-yard return in the third. JMU running back Marcus Marshall rushed for 30 yards and a score.More news: Chelsea want Simeone if Conte goes next summer
Ethan Ratke (Atlee High) hit a pair of first-half field goals (31 and 21 yards) for JMU's only points before the break. Madison coach Mike Houston noted that almost every week, a Bison receiver ran free and caught a long pass off play-action. Amos finished with three punt returns for 79 yards. After Schor hit redshirt senior wide receiver Terrence Alls for 12 yards, Schor and Marshall combined for 20 rushing yards over four consecutive plays to bring the Dukes to the 1-yard line.
North Dakota State never trailed while holding a almost 15 1/2-minute possession advantage. They made the plays when they had to and we didn't.
NDSU forced JMU into a turnover on downs after a Bryan Schor pass intended for Riley Stapleton was incomplete.
James Madison scored on its first possession of the third quarter to close within 17-13. On fourth down, Schor scrambled as he was chased to his right and flung a pass into the end zone. In JMU's first drive of the fourth quarter, Alls dropped a wide-open pass downfield which preceded a drive-ending sack of Schor. On first down from the Bison 15-yard line, Tanguay grabbed the short, wobbly throw and returned it to the NDSU 29. It led to a 32-yard Pedersen field goal and it was 17-3.