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Draft Scout Easton Stick News
01/05/19 - A perfect ending for North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman and quarterback Easton Stick, and yet another championship for the Bison. Stick ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more as the Bison beat Eastern Washington 38-24 on Saturday for their record seventh FCS title, the fourth in five years with Klieman as head coach before he takes over at Kansas State. "It was a special journey - 15-0, end it with a national championship. ... The story's complete," said Klieman, 69-6 as head coach and part of all of those titles, three as defensive coordinator. "That's something that movies are made out of, dreams are made out of, books are written about." North Dakota State (15-0) has won all those seven FCS titles over the past eight seasons. Stick, who succeeded Carson Wentz as NDSU's quarterback, threw for 198 yards and ran for 121 in his 49th victory to become the winningest FCS quarterback. Stick leaves with school records for total yards (11,216), passing yards (8,693) and 129 total touchdowns (88 passing, 41 rushing). "This place is special," Stick said. "Quarterback's a unique position. You're only as good as players you're surrounded with. ... I'm so thankful for every guy I played with because as a freshman you come in and you just want to be a part of it." - AP College Football
12/17/18 - Quarterback Easton Stick ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score to help North Dakota State defeat rival South Dakota State 44-21 in the FCS semifinals Friday night. Bruce Anderson added two rushing touchdowns for the undefeated and top-seeded Bison (14-0), who will be seeking their seventh FCS title in the last eight years. North Dakota State led 14-7 at intermission and then won a shootout in the second half. Stick, a first-team AP All-American selection, finished with 316 total yards.
He was 12-of-15 passing for 169 yards and no interceptions. "Easton Stick is the best player in college football. Period," Bison coach Chris Klieman said. "We're lucky to have him." South Dakota State coach John Stiegelmeier said Stick was the difference in the game. "It was a great performance," Stiegelmeier said. "We know him pretty well obviously." The Bison amassed 608 total yards, including 439 rushing. Anderson and fellow running backs Seth Wilson and Adam Cofield combined for another 242 yards on the ground. Wilson set the tone for the Bison on the first play from scrimmage in the second half when he ran 78 yards to the South Dakota State 3, leading to a touchdown and a 21-7 lead. - AP College Football
12/10/18 - Easton Stick threw for three touchdowns, Bruce Anderson ran for 124 yards with a touchdown and top-seeded North Dakota State advanced to the FCS semifinals for the eighth straight year with a 35-0 win over eighth-seeded Colgate on Saturday. Stick was 14 of 19 for 205 yards as the Bison (13-0) piled up 443 yards against the Raiders (10-2), who had the top defense in FCS. The defending national champions, who have won 19 in a row, are home against the South Dakota State-Kennesaw State winner next weekend. Ty Brooks scored on a 26-yard run to cap a four-play, 96-yard drive on NDSU's first possession.
A 2-yard pass to Ben Ellefson made it 14-0 in the second quarter. The Bison then went 70 yards on eight plays to open the second half, capped by a 10-yard pass to Darrius Shepherd, who moved into second on the NDSU career list with 179 receptions. That was more than enough for the Bison, who limited Colgate to 157 yards. The Raiders had tied the FCS record with five shutouts this season and only allowed nine touchdowns in 11 games. Stick is now 47-3 as a starting quarterback, tying former Bison QB Brock Jensen, who went 47-5 in his career, for the most wins by a starting FCS QB. NDSU kicker Cam Pedersen has converted 91 straight extra points and 251 in his career. - AP College Football
11/18/18 - Easton Stick threw for three touchdowns and North Dakota State completed a perfect regular season with a 65-17 victory over Southern Illinois on Saturday. The Bison (11-0, 8-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference), ranked No. 1 in the coaches poll, extended the longest active winning streak in the FCS to 17 games. Stick was 16 of 21 for 302 yards with an interception and the senior went over 10,000 total yards of offense for his career. The teams were tied at 14-all after Matt DeSomer connected with Raphael Leonard on a 59-yard pass play for the Salukis (2-9, 1-7) with 8:36 left in the first quarter. But Stick threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Nate Jenson and after Southern Illinois fumbled on its first play after the ensuing kickoff, Stick and Ben Ellefson combined for a 22-yard score for a 28-14 first-quarter lead. Stick's 31-yard pass to Darrius Shepherd made it 35-14 at the half and Bruce Anderson added 18- and 30-yard rushing touchdowns in the third quarter. Shepherd had 99 yards receiving and Ty Brooks 113 yards rushing with a score. Robbie Grimsley made his 15th career interception. - AP College Football
11/11/18 - Easton Stick tossed five touchdown passes - all in the first half - and Adam Cofield ran for two scores to power FCS unbeaten and top-ranked North Dakota State to a 48-7 shellacking of Missouri State on Saturday. Stick completed 15 of 24 passes for 238 yards as the Bison (10-0, 7-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference) scored touchdowns on their first three possessions. Stick opened the scoring with a 29-yard strike to Dallas Freeman. He followed that up with a 29-yard TD toss to Ben Ellefson and after Cam Pedersen missed the extra point the Bison led 13-0. James Hendricks picked off Peyton Huslig's first-down pass at the Bison 49-yard line and three plays later Stick connected with Nate Jenson for a 43-yard TD and a 20-0 lead. Stick added TD passes of 5 yards to Ellefson and 27 yards to Lance Dunn in the second quarter, giving NDSU a 34-0 halftime lead. The Bears (4-6, 2-5) scored their only TD on Jeremiah Wilson's 6-yard run in the third quarter. Cofield finished off the Bison scoring with TD runs of 14 and 5 yards heading into the fourth. Pedersen, who made 6 of 7 point-after tries, set a MVFC record with his 230th career extra point after Cofield's first TD run. Craig Coffin of Southern Illinois set the mark 12 years ago with 229. - AP College Football