2021 FCS Semi-Finals: Live Updates, Playoffs Scores

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Montana State defeated South Dakota 31-17 in the semifinals.

8 The Montana State defense capped off South Dakota State’s attack in the second half of Saturday’s FCS Semifinal as the Bobcats rushed past the Jackrabbits 31-17 to advance to the 2021-22 FCS Playoffs game for the national championship, where Montana State ranked No. 2 North Dakota State after the Bison defeated third-seeded James Madison 20-14 on Friday.

North Dakota State and Montana State will play for the FCS Championship on January 8, 2022 at noon ET in Frisco, Texas. The match will be broadcast on ESPN2. The Bison are going for their ninth national championship in 11 years and the Bobcats are looking for their second ever.

With about three and a half minutes left in Saturday’s semifinals, South Dakota State faced the fourth goal on Montana State’s 26-yard line due to a pair of false start penalties and a 3rd-and-a-half strip bag. 13, and the Jackrabbits were unable to reach the end zone, effectively ending their comeback bid. South Dakota State was 1-for-4 on the fourth-down conversion attempts in the game.

Montana State quarterback Tommy Mellott headlined the Bobcats’ win, as he was responsible for four total touchdowns—two passes and two rushes—while throwing 229 yards and rushing for a team-high 155 yards on 34 attempts.

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