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Sam Houston State sets up FCS title rematch in Frisco

December, 15, 2012
CHENEY, Wash. -- A slow start to the season made a return trip to the Football Championship Subdivision championship game seem unlikely for Sam Houston State.

A slow finish to Saturday evening's semifinal game against Eastern Washington almost derailed the Bearkats' unlikely dream run.

Quarterback Brian Bell ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and Sam Houston State raced to a 35-0 halftime lead but barely held on to beat the second-seeded Eagles 45-42.

The Bearkats (11-3) face top-seeded and defending champion North Dakota State, which won last year's matchup 17-16 on Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas.

"When we were 1-2 at the beginning of the season I don't think there were very many people that thought we were going to get back," a relieved Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz said.

The win over Eastern Washington (11-3) was the Bearkats' third straight over a Big Sky Conference team in the playoffs this year and fifth straight in the past two years.

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FCS playoffs: Eight remain on Road to Frisco

December, 3, 2012
Second-Round Games, Saturday, Dec. 1
North Dakota State 28, South Dakota State 3
Wofford 23, New Hampshire 7
Georgia Southern 24, Central Arkansas 16
Old Dominion 63, Coastal Carolina 35
Montana State 16, Stony Brook 10
Sam Houston State 18, Cal Poly 16
Illinois State 38, Appalachian State 37 (OT)
Eastern Washington 29, Wagner 19

Quarterfinal Games
Friday, Dec. 7

Sam Houston State at No. 3 Montana State, 7 p.m., CT (ESPN2)

Saturday, Dec. 8
No. 5 Georgia Southern (9-3) at No. 4 Old Dominion (11-1), 11 a.m., CT (ESPN)
Wofford (9-3) at No. 1 North Dakota State (11-1), 2 p.m., CT (ESPN3)
Illinois State (9-3) at No. 2 Eastern Washington (10-2), 5 p.m., CT (ESPN3)

Upcoming Championship Dates
Dec. 14-15: Semifinal Games at Campus Sites
Jan. 5: NCAA Division I Championship Game, FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, Texas (ESPN2)

Matchup set for FCS title game in Frisco

December, 17, 2011
North Dakota State got 231 total yards from quarterback Brock Jensen and Warren Holloway caught a pass for a score and ran for another as the Bison (13-1) defeated Georgia Southern (12-2), 35-7, on Saturday in Fargo, N.D., to advance to their first FCS title game.

North Dakota State will face Sam Houston State (14-0) for the national championship at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco on Jan. 7. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

North Dakota State converted three Georgia Southern turnovers into touchdowns.

Holloway, a 6-foot-2, 199-pound senior from Houston, scored on a 19-yard reception from Jensen in the first quarter and a 17-yard run in the second quarter.

Jensen gave the Bison breathing room with a 55-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that capped a 96-yard drive after NDSU's Travis Beck recovered a fumble.

Running backs Sam Ojuri and D.J. McNorton combined to rush for 194 yards and added touchdowns in the fourth quarter for NDSU.

Sam Houston State beat Montana, 31-28, in the other semifinal on Friday.

Sam Houston St. advances to FCS title game

December, 16, 2011
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Running back Tim Flanders rushed 26 times for 287 yards to lead Sam Houston State to its first appearance in the NCAA Division I championship game as the Bearkats defeated Montana, 31-28, in a semifinal Friday.

Sam Houston St. will face the winner of Saturday's semifinal between North Dakota State and Georgia Southern in the FCS championship game Jan. 7 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Sam Houston St. quarterback Brian Bell completed 10 of 14 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson rallied the Grizzles from 21 points down to cut the margin to three points. Johnson completed 21 of 33 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown.

Sam Houston clinched the victory by running out the final six minutes of the game with an 11 play, 52-yard drive.

Flanders broke McNeil Moore’s Sam Houston single game rushing record of 286 yards against Lamar in 1951.

Sam Houston St. advances to FCS semifinals

December, 11, 2011
The FCS semifinal pairing are set, leading up to the Jan. 7 title game at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco.

In the first semifinal, Sam Houston State (13-0) will host Montana (11-2) at 7 p.m. Friday on ESPN. SHSU advanced after defeating Montana St., 49-13, in the quarterfinals. Montana downed Northern Iowa, 48-10.

The other semifinal will feature Georgia Southern (11-2) at North Dakota State (12-1) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU. Georgia Southern beat Maine, 35-23, while North Dakota State topped Lehigh, 24-0, in the quarterfinals.

Frisco awarded FCS title game

February, 26, 2010
The Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) title game is moving to Pizza Hut Park in Frisco after a 13-year run in Chattanooga, Tenn. The game be held in Frisco on Jan. 7, 2011, and will be the cumulation of a 20-team tournament for Division I teams.