Huntsville Item: Bearkats Unable to Contain Lamar in Southland Opener

Cardinals running back Kade Harrington finds a hole in the Bearkats line during the first quarter at Bowers Stadium on Saturday night. Harrington gashed the Bearkats for 230 yards on the ground and 83 in the air picking up three touchdowns to beat Sam Houston 49-46 in both teams conference opener. (Joshua Yates/The Huntsville Item)By JP McBride

Courtesy of The Huntsville Item

College Sports Journal


HUNTSVILLE, Texas — If defense wins championships, then the Bearkats have a long way to go before they are a championship-caliber team if Saturday night’s loss to Lamar is any indication.


Sam Houston State’s defense was torched for 551 yards in a stunning 49-46 loss to Lamar, the Cardinals’ first win in Huntsville since 1959, on Saturday in their Southland Conference and home opener.


The Bearkats gave up five plays of 40 yards or more, two of which went for touchdowns.


“We have no technique,” Sam Houston State head coach K.C. Keeler said. “(The secondary) is freelancing out there. It was one of those things where I think we got a little surprised by how good they were and we got a little frustrated and we let it compound itself. That just can’t happen.”


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