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Frisco, TX (Sports Network) - The NCAA Division I Football Championship Game is thought to be an offense-vs.-defense showdown.

But there's a lot more to North Dakota State than its top-ranked defense in the FCS and Sam Houston State and its No. 2-ranked scoring defense.

The rematch of last year's 17-6 NDSU win in the national championship game will kick off at 1 p.m. ET Saturday at FCS Dallas Stadium.

The season statistics of the two finalists:

NORTH DAKOTA STATE (13-1)

TEAM STATISTICS

(NDSU, OPPONENTS)

SCORING: 456, 160

Points Per Game: 32.6, 11.4

FIRST DOWNS: 284, 167

Rushing: 135, 74

Passing: 122, 84

Penalty: 27, 12

RUSHING YARDAGE: 2,752, 1,292

Yards Gained Rushing: 2,992, 1,666

Yards Lost Rushing: 240, 374

Rushing Attempts: 596, 436

Average Per Rush: 4.6, 3.0

Average Per Game: 196.6, 92.3

TDs Rushing: 35, 5

PASSING YARDAGE: 2,360, 1,834

Comp-Att-Int: 210-340-8, 180-306-9

Average Per Pass: 6.9, 6.0

Average Per Catch: 11.2, 10.2

Average Per Game: 168.6, 131.0

TDs Passing: 19, 10

TOTAL OFFENSE: 5,112, 3,126

Total Plays: 936, 742

Average Per Play: 5.5, 4.2

Average Per Game: 365.1, 223.3

KICK RETURNS: Number-Yards, 33-703, 70-1,460

PUNT RETURNS: Number-Yards, 27-398, 21-131

INT RETURNS: Number-Yards, 9-170, 8-282

KICK RETURN AVERAGE: 21.3, 20.9

PUNT RETURN AVERAGE: 14.7, 6.2

INT RETURN AVERAGE: 18.9, 35.2

FUMBLES-LOST: 16-6, 24-16

PENALTIES-Yards: 69-562, 98-831

Average Per Game: 40.1, 59.4

PUNTS-Yards: 51-2,206, 79-3,297

Average Per Punt: 43.3, 41.7

Net Punt Average: 38.3, 35.2

KICKOFFS-Yards: 86-5,274, 42-2,412

Average Per Kick: 61.3, 57.4

Net Kick Average: 56.3, 36.5

TIME OF POSSESSION/Game: 34:39, 25:21

3RD-DOWN Conversions: 102-198, 48-171

3rd-Down Pct.: 52, 28

4TH-DOWN Conversions: 14/17, 9/19

4th-Down Pct.: 82, 47

SACKS BY-Yards: 34-245, 23-151

MISC YARDS: 11, 35

TOUCHDOWNS SCORED: 58, 20

FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS: 17-22, 7-12

ON-SIDE KICKS: 0-0, 0-0

RED-ZONE SCORES: 60-67 (.90), 13-17 (.76)

RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS: 45-67 (.67), 9-17 (.53)

PAT-ATTEMPTS: 53-57 (.93), 19-20 (.95)

ATTENDANCE: 166,641, 52,621

Games/Avg Per Game: 9/18,516, 4/13,155

Neutral Site Games: N/A, 1/9,269

SAM HOUSTON STATE (11-3)

TEAM STATISTICS

(SHSU, OPPONENTS)

SCORING: 587, 283

Points Per Game: 41.9, 20.2

FIRST DOWNS: 302, 230

Rushing: 176, 77

Passing: 104, 121

Penalty: 22, 32

RUSHING YARDAGE: 3,909, 1,178

Yards Gained Rushing: 4,215, 1,600

Yards Lost Rushing: 306, 422

Rushing Attempts: 704, 408

Average Per Rush: 5.6, 2.9

Average Per Game: 279.2, 84.1

TDs Rushing: 46, 7

PASSING YARDAGE: 2,578, 3,383

Comp-Att-Int: 185-299-8, 249-477-18

Average Per Pass: 8.6, 7.1

Average Per Catch: 13.9, 13.6

Average Per Game: 184.1, 241.6

TDs Passing: 25, 27

TOTAL OFFENSE: 6,487, 4,561

Total Plays: 1,003, 885

Average Per Play: 6.5, 5.2

Average Per Game: 463.4, 325.8

KICK RETURNS: Number-Yards, 39-838, 72-1,284

PUNT RETURNS: Number-Yards, 36-477, 20-106

INT RETURNS: Number-Yards, 18-234, 8-187

KICK RETURN AVERAGE: 21.5, 17.8

PUNT RETURN AVERAGE: 13.2, 5.3

INT RETURN AVERAGE: 13.0, 23.4

FUMBLES-LOST: 21-8, 25-12

PENALTIES-Yards: 105-941, 86-746

Average Per Game: 67.2, 53.3

PUNTS-Yards: 63-2,677, 87-3,375

Average Per Punt: 42.5, 38.8

Net Punt Average: 38.9, 32.6

KICKOFFS-Yards: 103-6,075, 57-3,477

Average Per Kick: 59.0, 61.0

Net Kick Average: 50.7, 38.0

TIME OF POSSESSION/Game: 34:00, 26:00

3RD-DOWN Conversions: 92/202, 56/198

3rd-Down Pct.: 46, 28

4TH-DOWN Conversions: 10/17, 13/27

4th-Down Pct.: 59, 48

SACKS BY-Yards: 37-266, 5-37

MISC YARDS: 139, 0

TOUCHDOWNS SCORED: 76, 37

FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS: 18-22, 9-16

ON-SIDE KICKS: 2-2, 1-3

RED-ZONE SCORES: 59-64 (.92), 25-33 (.76)

RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS: 43-64 (.67), 18-33 (.55)

PAT-ATTEMPTS: 73-75 (.97), 32-36 (.89)

ATTENDANCE: 35,129, 192,519

Games/Avg Per Game: 4/8,782, 9/21,391

Neutral Site Games: N/A, 1/26,185

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