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Late-game heroics push NDSU’s FCS title streak to four straight

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No Craig Bohl, no problem… barely.

Down by four with just over a minute remaining and over 80 yards away from the go-ahead score, a championship-caliber drive ended with a touchdown that gave North Dakota State a 29-27 win over Illinois State in the FCS title game.  The win marks the fourth straight championship for the Bison.  The Redbirds had been gunning for its first title.

Late in the game, it looked as if ISU would grab that first trophy.  With 1:38 remaining, quarterback Tre Roberson, who transferred to ISU from the Indiana Hoosiers in June of last year, raced 58 yards for a touchdown to give the Redbirds a 27-23 lead.

The score capped a comeback after ISU had fallen down 20-7 late in the third quarter.  It wouldn’t be enough, though.

On the ensuing possession, Carson Wentz completed three of five passes for 78 yards, with all three completions going to freshman RJ Urzendowski. The last, a 33-yard hookup on third and 10, placed the ball at the ISU five-yard line. On the very next play, Wentz scampered in for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown with :37 remaining.

The Redbirds had one last opportunity to get into field range, but a Roberson pass was intercepted with eight seconds remaining.

The Bison have now won more FCS titles (four) than they’ve had losses (three) the past four years.  NDSU is also the first team at that level of football to win four championships in a row and the second at any level, joining Div. III Augustana College (1983-86).

Bohl, who left following the 2013 season for the head-coaching job at Wyoming, was responsible for the first three titles.  Chris Klieman, Bohl’s replacement, captured his first with the win Saturday, which the football program summed up thusly:

Ex-Hoosier QB tweets he’s headed to FCS school

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Well that certainly took little to no time at all.

Just this past Wednesday, Indiana sent out a press release announce that Tre Roberson had decided to leave the Hoosiers and transfer to another football program to continue his playing career.  That program, as it turns out, is at the FCS level as the quarterback sent out a tweet on his personal Twitter account Friday evening revealing his future playing intentions would involve stepping down a rung on the collegiate football ladder.

We should note that Roberson’s new school has yet to officially confirm his addition to the roster.  Nonetheless, the player has let the personnel cat out of the bag:

As Illinois State plays at a level below the FBS from which Roberson came, the player will be eligible to play immediately in 2014.  Roberson, who will be a true senior, would have one season of eligibility remaining, although he could appeal for a medical hardship waiver and get an additional year tacked on.

Regardless of whether it’s one year or two, the Redbirds will be getting a player who can make an immediate impact.

Roberson in 2011 became the first quarterback in IU history to start as a true freshman, going on to start a total of nine games in his three years with the Hoosiers. A broken leg early on cost him the vast majority of the 2012 season, although he came back in 2013 to share the job (four starts) with Nate Sudfeld. Sudfeld exited what was described as “an outstanding spring practice” with the slightest of edges in the quarterback competition, which may have played a role in Roberson’s decision.

For his career, Roberson threw for 2,433 yards, 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He added 10 touchdowns running the ball.

A three-star member of IU’s 2011 recruiting class, Roberson was rated as the No. 28 dual-threat quarterback in the country coming out of high school in Indianapolis.

Shortly before revealing his next destination, Roberson sent out a note of thanks to Hoosier Nation:

Tre Roberson decides to transfer from Hoosiers

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For the second time this offseason, Indiana has lost a player at the quarterback position that had started a significant amount of games for the Hoosiers.

This time around it’s Tre Roberson‘s turn to leave, with IU announcing in a press release that the player had decided to transfer out of the program to another, undetermined one.  The move, a reason for which was not given, comes as a surprise to the media covering the team, with Dustin Dopirak of the Bloomington Herald-Times tweeting “don’t know that I could put in words the degree to which I did not see that coming.”

“We appreciate and thank Tre for his contributions to our football program both on and off the field,” head coach Kevin Wilson said in a statement. “He is an outstanding player and a great young man. We wish him well as he moves forward with his career.”

Roberson in 2011 became the first quarterback in IU history to start as a true freshman, going on to start a total of nine games in his three years with the Hoosiers.  A broken leg early on cost him the vast majority of the 2012 season, although he came back in 2013 to share the job (four starts) with Nate Sudfeld.  Sudfeld exited what was described as “an outstanding spring practice” with the slightest of edges in the quarterback competition, which may have played a role in Roberson’s decision.

For his career, Roberson threw for 2,433 yards, 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.  He added 10 touchdowns running the ball.

A three-star member of IU’s 2011 recruiting class, Roberson was rated as the No. 28 dual-threat quarterback in the country.  The Indianapolis native held offers from, among others, Purdue and Toledo.

In January, Cameron Coffman decided to transfer from IU, ultimately landing at Wyoming four months later. Coffman replaced Roberson as the starter following the leg injury, but then played sparingly in just three games in 2013.

Ex-Hoosier QB says he’ll play for Wyoming

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Four months to the day his decision to transfer from Indiana became public knowledge, Cameron Coffman has found himself a new place to call home.

In an Instagram posting — replete with photoshopped picture — the quarterback wrote he’s”[e]xcited to announce that I will be going to Wyoming” and continue his collegiate playing career. “Blessed to have another opportunity,” the player added.

It’s unclear if Coffman will be eligible to play immediately in 2014 for first-year Cowboys head coach Craig Bohl. Should he be eligible, however, Coffman, whose sister played volleyball at Wyoming, would give Bohl an experienced candidate to replace long-time starter Brett Smith.

The decision to transfer from IU back in January came after a season in which Coffman languished behind co-starters Nate Sudfeld and Tre Roberson — both sophomores — on IU’s depth chart. He appeared in just three games and attempted nine passes in 2013.

In 2012, and after Roberson suffered a broken leg very early on, Coffman threw for 2,734 yards, the second-highest total for a Big Ten quarterback that season. It was also the fourth-highest total in the program’s history.

One-time starting Hoosier QB Cam Coffman to transfer

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Around this time in 2013, Cameron Coffman appeared to be the future of the quarterback position at Indiana.  A year later, Coffman’s football future will play out elsewhere.

IU head coach Kevin Wilson confirmed Wednesday that Coffman has decided to transfer out of the Hoosiers football program.  To where the Missouri native will head next is unknown, although Wilson stated that he will aid Coffman in finding another school.

The decision comes after a season in which Coffman languished behind co-starters Nate Sudfeld and Tre Roberson — both sophomores — on IU’s depth chart.  He appeared in just three games and attempted nine passes in 2013.

In 2012, and after Roberson suffered a broken leg very early on, Coffman threw for 2,734 yards, the second-highest total for a Big Ten quarterback that season.  It was also the fourth-highest total in the program’s history.

I just want an opportunity to play somewhere,” Coffman told TheHoosierScoop.com. “I realized Nate is a very good quarterback and so is Tre. I don’t see myself getting that opportunity here, so I’m going to try to find another spot where I can play.”

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