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After a mundane first half of football in the 2011 FCS National Championship game, Sam Houston State had a three-point lead over the Bison at halftime. Brock Jensen and the NDSU offense began the second half with the ball but were quickly forced off the field in three plays.
Bison punter Matt Voigtlander stood on his own 20, prepared to concede possession to the Bearkats. The snap came and Voigtlander took off. He darted to the left and picked up a first down. The senior’s scamper went for 27 yards and not only kept possession for the Bison, it kick-started the offense.
The Bison scored and took the lead on the next play when Jensen found DJ McNorton on a screen pass.
Voigtlander was the unsung hero of the first FCS championship for the Bison. His run had undoubtedly changed momentum, but his nine punts left and impact, too.
He pinned the Bearkats inside their own 20-yard-line four times, including a kick he left at the one-inch line for safety Bobby Ollman to down. Voigtlander also sent four punts farther than 50 yards and his longest kick of the day went for 66.