FARGO, ND (AP/WWBT) - Eric Perkins returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown to finish off a dominating first half and four-time defending FCS winner North Dakota State rolled to a 33-7 victory over Richmond in a semifinal game Saturday night.
The Bison (12-2) advanced to the Jan. 9 championship game in Frisco, Texas, against the winner of the semifinal Saturday between Sam Houston State and Jacksonville State. North Dakota State is 16-0 at home in the FCS playoffs.
King Frazier rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns and redshirt freshman quarterback Easton Stick threw for a pair of scores to lead the Bison. Perkins was the special teams star with three punt returns for 145 yards.
The Bison rolled up 418 yards of total offense, to 209 for Richmond.
North Dakota State led 26-0 at half, and it should have been more. Not including Perkins' punt return with 1:31 left in the half, the Bison drove into Spiders territory on all seven of their drives in the first half. Three of them ended in touchdowns, two of them stalled on missed field goals and the last one ended on downs on the final play of the half. The Bison also blew two point-after tries.
North Dakota State built a 155-26 advantage in total yardage in the first quarter and 247-67 margin by halftime. Richmond (10-4) crossed onto North Dakota State's side of the field just once in the first half, a drive that ended with a punt at the Bison 47.
Richmond's Jacobi Green, the nation's sixth-leader rusher averaging 120 yards a game, ran for 32 yards on 11 carries. He gained just 17 yards in the first half.Kyle Lauletta completed 12 of 26 passes for 171 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
The Spiders showed some life in the second half and had a chance to pull within two scores late in the third quarter, but Tre Dempsey intercepted Lauletta's pass at the 1 to thwart a nine-play, 81-yard drive.