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Sam Houston 38, James Madison 35 (FCS Playoff Semifinal)

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HUNTSVILLE — The Bearkats are Frisco bound once again.

Sam Houston made big plays offensively and defensively to rally from a 21-point deficit to sack James Madison 38-35 in the semifinal round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs at Bowers Stadium Saturday.

The Bearkats (9-0) will play South Dakota State (8-1) in the championship game Sunday at 1 p.m. on May 16 at Toyota Stadium.

Down 24-3 at the half, Sam Houston finally found the end zone seven minutes into the third quarter, and the game got wild from there.

James Madison led 27-10 with three minutes remaining in the third quarter when momentum turned Sam Houston’s way. The Bearkats connected on a 69-yard touchdown pass, an 80-yard punt return, a quarterback keeper following a botched kick return for the Dukes and another quarterback touchdown following a JMU interception.

With 12 minutes remaining, the Dukes had time for a comeback as Percy Agyei-Obese carried four times to start JMU’s drive, and Cole Johnson found Scott Bracey for a 36-yard touchdown strike. Johnson’s keeper on the two-point attempt made it 38-35, still with 10:14 remaining.

After a defensive stop, JMU got the ball back at its own 15 and orchestrated a six-minute drive into Sam Houston territory. Facing fourth-and-long, the Dukes turned to their deep kicker for the 51-yard attempt into the wind to tie and came up wide left.

Johnson was 16-for-26 passing for 271 yards and three touchdowns for JMU. Agyei-Obese gained 98 yards on the ground on 24 carries while Jawon Hamilton added 61 yards on 12 rushes. Antwane Wells continued his strong playoff push with 89 receiving yards on seven catches and a score.

Jequez Ezzard led Sam Houston with 107 yards receiving and a score, in addition to the 80-yard punt return for a touchdown. Quarterback Eric Schmid was 13-for-27 passing for 218 yards and two interceptions, but added two scores on the ground to go with one in the air.

 

Stadium: Bowers Stadium
Location: Huntsville, Texas
Attendance: 5038
Duration: 3:27

JMU: Cole Johnson (271 PASS); Percy Agyei-Obese (98 RUSH); Antwane Wells Jr. (89 REC);

SHSU: Schmid, Eric (218 PASS); Jefferson, Ramon (60 RUSH); Ezzard, Jequez (107 REC);

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Sam Houston 24, North Dakota State 20 (FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals)

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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);

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Sam Houston 21, Monmouth 15 (FCS Playoffs 1st Round)

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HUNTSVILLE, TX— Monmouth scored 15 unanswered fourth-quarter points and had a chance to take the lead with under a minute to play, but could noy close out #4 seeded Sam Houston (7-0) on Saturday in the First Round of the 2020-21 FCS Playoffs.

Trailing 21-0 heading into the final quarter the Hawks scored on back to back drives then forced a stop to get the ball back with 4:20 left in the game. Down by six the Hawks went to work from their own 25. Monmouth QB Tony Muskett drove the Hawks down to the Sam Houston nine yard line, but on fourth down junior Bearkat Isaiah Downes came up with an interception on fourth and goal with 48 seconds left to preserve the victory.

RB Ramon Jefferson had touchdown runs of 56 and three yards to lead the Sam Houston offense with 98 yards on nine carries. WR Cody Crest accounted for the Bearkats’ other score, a 13-yard pass from QB Eric Schmid, who was 12 for 24 for 133 yards passing.

Monmouth outgained the Bearkats 398-257 but Sam Houston’s defense made it difficult for the Hawks to break open large chunks of yardage on explosive plays. Muskett tied a career-high with 297 yards with a touchdown and his first two career interceptions. Big South Offensive Player of the Yea Juwon Farri had 25 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown while Terrance Greene Jr. led the receiving effort with nine receptions for 94 yards and a score.

Stadium: Bowers Stadium

Location: Huntsville, Texas

 

Attendance: 2078
Duration: 3:09

MU: MUSKETT, Tony (297 PASS); FARRI, Juwon (98 RUSH); GREENE, Terrance (94 REC);

SHSU: Schmid, Eric (133 PASS); Jefferson, Ramon (95 RUSH); Chrest, Cody (67 REC);

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Sam Houston State 43, Southeastern Louisiana 38

HUNTSVILLE — February football brought an offensive explosion, but a clutch defensive stand guided No. 17 Sam Houston to a 43-38 victory over No. 18 Southeastern Louisiana in the 2021 season opener Saturday at Bowers Stadium.After a 24-yard field goal by freshman Seth Morgan gave the Bearkats a six-point lead, the defense stopped the Lions on fourth and two at the SHSU 22-yard line. Sam Houston was able to run out the clock by picking up a pair of first downs.Junior quarterback Eric Schmid threw for 428 yards and two touchdowns and added 88 yards on the ground as the Bearkats racked up 672 yards of total offense. Junior running back Ramon Jefferson had 139 yards rushing and one score.
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Stadium: Bowers Stadium
Location: Huntsville, Texas
Attendance: 2612
Duration: 4:06

SLU: Kelley, Cole (462 PASS); Ellison, Morgan (29 RUSH); Turner, CJ (150 REC);

SHSU: Schmid, Eric (428 PASS); Jefferson, Ramon (139 RUSH); Harvin, Chandler (118 REC);

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