Scores

Final

Northwestern St 17

(5-5, 3-3 Southland)

Sam Houston 43

(10-0, 7-0 Southland)

Coverage: GamePlan

4:00 PM ET, November 12, 2011

Bowers Stadium, Huntsville, TX

1 2 3 4 T
NWST 0 7 3 717
SHSU 7 16 20 043

Top Performers

Passing: B. Bell (SHSU) - 200 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: T. Flanders (SHSU) - 20 CAR, 145 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Sincere (SHSU) - 3 REC, 102 YDS, 1 TD

Sam Houston St. 43, Northwestern St. 17

Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Tim Flanders rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown, Richard Sincere added two more scores on the ground, and unbeaten Sam Houston State clinched its first outright Southland Conference title with a 43-17 win Saturday over Northwestern State.

Flanders and Sincere each also caught touchdown passes from Brian Bell, who made the most of a 10-for-14 day with 200 yards passing for the Bearkats (10-0, 7-0). Darnell Taylor returned a Brad Henderson interception 23 yards for a score, and Craig Alaniz kicked a 38-yard field goal.

Henderson was 21 for 39 for 215 yards for the Demons (5-5, 3-3). D.J. Palmer scored a rushing touchdown, and Anthony Gilbert recovered a bad SHSU snap in the end zone for the other Northwestern State TD. Don Shaughnessy added a 34-yard field goal.

The Bearkats became the last undefeated FCS team in the country Saturday when North Dakota State lost to Youngstown State.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NWST
SHSU
1st Downs1717
Total Yards279443
Passing215200
Rushing64243
Penalties4-308-100
3rd Down Conversions7-183-10
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers32
Possession30:5329:07

Passing Leaders

Northwestern StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Henderson21/392155.501
Sam Houston StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bell10/1420014.320

Rushing Leaders

Northwestern StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris10252.509
Palmer13231.816
Sam Houston StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Flanders201457.3143
Sincere11756.8236

Receiving Leaders

Northwestern StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Aldredge45914.8035
Hollier8556.9011
Sam Houston StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sincere310234.0162
Blanton25125.5026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNWSTSHSU
TD12:40Richard Sincere 36 Yd Run (Craig Alaniz Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERNWSTSHSU
TD14:54Tim Flanders 15 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 013
FG11:38Craig Alaniz 38 Yd 016
TD06:04Darnell Taylor 23 Yd Interception Return (Craig Alaniz Kick) 023
TD04:16Anthony Gilbert 0 Yd Fumble Return (John Shaughnessy Kick) 723
THIRD QUARTERNWSTSHSU
TD10:26Tim Flanders 35 Yd Pass From Brian Bell (Craig Alaniz Kick) 730
FG07:24John Shaughnessy 34 Yd 1030
TD06:46Richard Sincere 12 Yd Run (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 1036
TD03:59Richard Sincere 62 Yd Pass From Brian Bell (Craig Alaniz Kick) 1043
FOURTH QUARTERNWSTSHSU
TD05:11D.J. Palmer 1 Yd Run (John Shaughnessy Kick) 1743