North Dakota State defeats Georgia Southern 23-20

North Dakota State defeats Georgia Southern 23-20
December 14, 2012, 11:26 pm
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North Dakota State's Zach Vraa, left, is interfered with by Georgia Southern's Nic Wright during the FCS playoff semifinals of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in Fargo, N.D. (AP Photo/The Forum, David Samson)

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) Brock Jensen scored on a 5-yard quarterback draw with 3 minutes left to rally North Dakota State to a 23-20 victory over Georgia Southern Friday night in the FCS semifinals.

The defending champion Bison (13-1) advanced to the championship game Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas, against the winner of Saturday's semifinal between Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington.

Jensen's run came on a fourth-and-3 play and capped a 59-yard drive that was aided by a roughing-the-passer penalty on the Eagles.

The Bison blocked a 50-yard field-goal attempt by Drew Ruggles with 34 seconds left. Ruggles was recently recruited off the Georgia Southern soccer team.

Quarterback Jerick McKinnon rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown for Georgia Southern (10-4). He scored on a 25-yard run late in the third quarter to put the Eagles ahead 20-16 after the Bison roughed the punter in the Eagles end zone.

Georgia Southern outgained NDSU 430-277 in total yardage.