Tim Flanders completed a 10-play 83-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown for the winning score as Sam Houston defeated Stony Brook 34-27 in an NCAA Division I Football second round game Saturday afternoon.
Flanders rushed 21 times for 102 yards. The final drive took 5:32 off the clock. Stony Brook threw four incomplete passes to end the game.
Quarterback Brian Bell completed 11 of 20 passes for 161 yards including an 80-yard touchdown pass to Trey Diller that game the Bearkats a 27-20 lead with 8:45 to play.
Brock Jackolski rushed 14 times for 86 yards including a two-yard touchdown that tied the contest 27-27 with 6:37 to play.
Stony Brook ended the season 9-4. Sam Houston, the only unbeaten team in NCAA Division I FCS this season, advances to the quarterfinals to face Montana State.
A stingy Seawolve defense limited Sam Houston to its third lowest offensive output of the season as the Bearkats rushed for 182 yards and passed for 161 for a total of 343 yards in 63 plays.
Craig Alaniz put SHSU on the scoreboard first with a 28-yard field goal with 4:17 to play in the first quarter.
Quarterback Kyle Essington completed 9-of-29 pases for 226 yards and two touchdowns, the first a 37-yard pass to Matt Brevi that put Stony Brook up 7-3 with 8:52 to go in the second quarter.
After a 32-yard field goal by Wesley Skiffington made the score 10-3, the Seawolves went into intermission with a touchdown lead, the first time this season the Bearkats have trailed at the half.
Richard Sincere scored on a five-yard pass from Bell and Bell ran five yards for a TD to put the Kats back in front 17-10 going into the fourth quarter.
The Bearkats and Seawolves traded field goals before Essington tied the game 20-20 with a three-yard pass to Kevin Norrell.
The victory extended Sam Houston’s school record winning streak to 14 games. The Bearkats now are 3-0 in NCAA Division I Football Playoff games in Bowers Stadium and will be making their third playoff quarterfinal appearance next week against Montana State.