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James Madison has won 11 in a row after pulling the upset of five-time reigning FCS champ North Dakota State, 27-17 in the semifinals; Youngstown State advanced to the championship game with a late 40-38 win over Eastern Washington for its sixth straight win2006. Youngstown State scored 15 unanswered in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning touchdown with 1:12 left, to win 35-31 in the first round of the ’06 playoffs.
James Madison was the David that defeated Goliath in the semifinals on Dec. 16 as it took down the five-time defending national champions North Dakota State 27-17. The impressive performance further cemented the program’s status as a developing powerhouse, especially after a 65-7 beatdown of Sam Houston State in the quarterfinals.
That was a Bearkats team that was averaging well over 500 yards and over 50 points per game before their quarterfinal meeting. James Madison’s defense has only allowed 15.3 points per game during the postseason as it was sparked by its ability to force turnovers, which ranked seventh in the league with 28 takeaways this year.