FLORENCE, Ala.--The 1980s will be remembered as the "Decade of the Bison" in NCAA Division II football.

North Dakota State won its fourth national championship in six years with a 35-21 victory over Portland State. The triumph capped a 14-0 season for the Bison, the most victories in school history.

The game was tied 14-14 at halftime, but North Dakota State took the second-half kickoff and drove 63 yards for the go-ahead score.

"We decided to ... put the game in the hands of the players who brought us to the party, and that's our offensive line," said coach Rocky Hager about his team's second-half performance.

Running back Tony Satter, who rushed for 151 yards and two TDs, capped that first drive of the second half with a spinning, slipping dive into the end zone from 10 yards out.

Quarterback Chris Simdorn scored one of his two TDs a short time later after a Todd Zabel pass interception to give the Bison command.

Statistics
PSU NDSU
First Downs 18 19
Yds. Rushing 95 339
Yds. Passing 333 26
Total Offense 428 365
Passes 22-35-1 2-4-0
Punts 2-36.5 5-20.8
Penalties 4-30 1-15
Fumbles/Lost 2-1 2-0

North Dakota State 35, Portland State 21
Portland State 0 14 0 7 -- 21
NDSU 7 7 14 7 -- 35
NDSU--Simdorn 1 run (Boe kick)
PSU--Evers 45 pass from Crawford (Brumfield kick)
NDSU--Satter 70 run (Boe kick)
PSU--Corrigan 16 pass from Crawford (Brufield kick)
NDSU--Satter 10 run (Boe kick)
NDSU--Simdorn 1 run (Boe kick)
NDSU--Toshner 11 run (Boe kick)
PSU--Naone 11 pass from Crowford (Brufield kick)
A--6,763

Top Individuals
Rushing--Satter (NDSU) 11-151; Delgardo (PSU) 13-80; Simdorn (NDSU) 13-65; Lloyd (NDSU) 14-62
Passing--Crawford (PSU) 22-35-1, 333 yds.; Owen (NDSU) 1-3-0, 17 yds.; Simdorn (NDSU) 1-1-0, 9 yds.
Receiving--Delgardo (PSU) 6-76; Corrigan (PSU) 5-125; Naone (PSU) 4-60; Evers (PSU) 3-55