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The Sam Houston State University Bearkats earned a hard-fought victory Saturday night, defeating the Eastern Washington Eagles 45-42 in the NCAA Division I Football Championship semifinal.
The Bearkats did the majority of their heavy lifting in the first half, scoring 35 points and holding the Eagles to a goose egg at the end of the second quarter.
Despite a slew of hometown heroics from the Eagle’s freshman quarterback, Vernon Adams,
the game was within three points at the 3:04 mark of the fourth quarter for Eastern Washington, but the Bearkats never surrendered the lead.
In a late fourth quarter drive, running back and SHSU Online student Timothy Flanders broke three tackles with a minute left on the clock to earn a first down and secure the game for the Bearkats.
The Bearkats will travel to Frisco for the FCS Championship game against the North Dakota State Bison on Saturday, January 5.
Sam Houston State University has continued to cast a dark cloud over the Big Sky Conference, but Saturday, the team plans to extinguish the “inferno” with a storm from their triple option offense anchored by running back and online student Timothy Flanders.
Leading up to Saturday’s NCAA Division I Football Championship semifinal game against Eastern Washington, SHSU has eliminated both Cal Poly and Montana State. A Bearkat victory would signal domination over the Big Sky Conference, eliminating the top three seeds in the conference.
SHSU’s only previous meeting with Eastern Washington resulted in a legendary comeback victory, stunning the home crowd and igniting the #BearkatNation.
Kickoff is at 3 p.m. Saturday, with coverage airing on ESPNU.