Sam Houston State rushed out to a 35-0 lead, but barely hung on to defeat Eastern Washington, 45-42 and reach the FCS national championship game for the second straight year.

And, once again, their opponent will be North Dakota State, who beat the Bearkats for the title, 17-16, last year.

North Dakota State defeated Georgia Southern, 23-20.

Eastern Washington had 523 yards of offense, but only 42 rushing.  Sam Houston had 503 yards of offense, with 418 coming on the ground.