SHSU Survives Shootout, Eliminates South Dakota

first_imgTre Honshtein provided the Bearkats a boost in the fourth, nailing both field goals he attempted including a 28-yarder that stretched the lead the lead to nine points with 11:33 remaining. The junior hit again from 40 yards with 2:53 left as the advantage reached 54-42.Sam Houston ran off 27 second-quarter points, finding paydirt on four of five drives, while marching 70-plus yards on each. Davis started and capped the scoring on the frame with a 3-yard, end-around rush and 12-yard touchdown reception, respectively.The Bearkats led 41-14 at the half, totaling 468 yards at the midway point. Davis used a 44-yard catch and run to start the scoring on Sam Houston’s first drive. After the Coyotes knotted it up, the Kats responded with a 10-play, 87-yard drive, capped by a 13-yard pass and catch to Davis for the 14-7 advantage.The third quarter was not find the Sam Houston, however, as the Kats were limited to 28 total yards on 14 plays. South Dakota scored on its first two drives of the second half, cutting its deficit to 41-28. One play into the fourth, the Coyotes capped a 49-yard drive was capped by a two-yard rush, making it 41-35. Davion Davis accounted for four touchdowns, including three through the air, as Sam Houston racked up 708 yards of total offense, the third most in program history. In the process, the wideout Davis became Sam Houston’s leader in touchdown receptions with 30. Quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe completed 28 of 43 passes for 505 yards to seven different receivers, including eight catches for 131 yards to Davis.Nathan Stewart led the Sam Houston receiving corps with 180 yards alongside one score. Meanwhile, Corey Avery totaled 16 carries for 100 yards and two scores while Remus Bulmer picked up 82 yards on 13 carries. Both averaged 6.3 per carry.South Dakota (8-5), who entered the game ranked No. 2 in total offense in the country behind SHSU, stormed back, outscoring Sam Houston 14-0 in the third quarter. Much of that came thanks to 520 yards passing from quarterback Chris Streveler who completed 33 of 54 passes alongside five scores for the night. The shootout featured a combined 55 first downs and 1,345 yards including 1,025 passing.But late in the game, when the Bearkats needed it the most, it was the defense who stepped up. Khalil Welsh provided a key interception at Sam Houston’s 17-yard line, halting a 5-play, 58-yard Coyotes’ drive with Sam holding a 51-42 lead. Sam Houston also stopped South Dakota on a pair of fourth downs in the fourth quarter.Sam Houston State’s Kahlil Welsh with the bank-shot INT!!!SHSU 51, USD 42 – 4Q?? #FCSPlayoffs on ESPN3: https://t.co/mH2cX0MU60 pic.twitter.com/zpUN6nCzSy— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) December 2, 2017 HUNTSVILLE, Texas — It was not easy by any stretch. In the FCS Playoffs, however, the Bearkats will take it.Sixth-seeded Sam Houston State saw its four-touchdown halftime lead trimmed to two points early in the fourth quarter before responding with a 9-play, 75-yard drive and late field goal to defeat South Dakota, 54-42 in the second round of the playoffs on Saturday at Bowers Stadium.The victory, combined with a Kennesaw State upset of Jacksonville State, means Sam Houston (11-1) will host the Owls in the quarterfinals next weekend at Bowers Stadium. The win, which matched the most points for a playoff game in program history, moved the Bearkats to 12-0 all-time at the venue in the postseason.Briscoe’s arm is on FIRE!SHSU 34, USD 14 2Q?? #FCSPlayoffs on ESPN3: https://t.co/mH2cX0MU60 pic.twitter.com/M90YtI9CVY— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) December 2, 2017last_img

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