HUNTSVILLE — The Bearkats finally ran down the Bison.
Sam Houston scored the go-ahead touchdown with less than four minutes to go in the game and came up with a crucial fourth-down stop to snap a four-game losing streak to North Dakota State with a 24-20 victory at Bowers Stadium in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs on Sunday.
The Bearkats (8-0) will host James Madison in the semifinals on May 8. Sam Houston is now 15-0 in home playoff games.
NDSU scored on a safety in the second quarter and a kickoff return and punt return in the third quarter to come back and tie the game 17-17. Jake Reinholz’s 33-yard field goal with 8:17 left in the game gave NDSU a 20-17 lead.
Schmid’s score capped a nine-play, 72-yard drive highlighted by a 47-yard passing play to Ife Adeyi on third-and-10 to move the ball to the NDSU 5. After a one-yard loss, Schmid scored up the middle to put the Bearkats back ahead.
North Dakota State advanced as far as the Sam Houston 17 on the final drive thanks to a pass interference call on fourth-and-5, RB Dominic Gonnella’s 22-yard rush on third-and-2, and a five-yard pass from Cam Miller to Christian Watson that set up third-and-2 with 39 seconds left.
The Bison fumbled an exchange in the backfield and couldn’t convert a fourth-and-6 passing attempt with 29 seconds left in the game.
NDSU’s Hunter Luepke rushed 12 times for a team-high 57 yards, Gonnella had 10 carries for 46 yards and Miller ran 14 times for 26 yards. Miller was 7 of 18 passing for 90 yards with two interceptions.
- Stadium: Bowers Stadium
Location: Huntsville, TX
- Attendance: 4984
- Duration: 3:02
NDSU: Cam Miller (90 PASS); Hunter Luepke (57 RUSH); Christian Watson (40 REC);
SHSU: Schmid, Eric (227 PASS); Schmid, Eric (36 RUSH); Smith, Noah (103 REC);