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May 2, 2021 Updated: May 2, 2021, 5:18 pm
Sam Houston reached the FCS semi-finals with victory on Sunday.
Eric Christian Smith, FRE / Contributor
HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston gets quite a kick out of his spring swing through the Playoffs of the Football Championship Subdivision.
The Bearkats have booted the former North Dakota state thorn, an FCS powerhouse and reigning national champion, from the postseason with a 24:20 win on Sunday at Bowers Stadium.
The Bearkats (8-0) will meet the winner of the James Madison North Dakota quarter-final competition on Sunday evening in the semi-finals in Huntsville on Saturday.
Sam Houston took a 17-2 lead in the third quarter thanks to two mishaps by large specialty teams, but rebounded late in the fourth quarter with a 6-yard touchdown from quarterback Eric Schmid to regain the lead and give the game the final result .
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Schmid’s Keeper was placed along the left sideline to the NDSU’s 5-yard line through his 47-yard completion of the highlight role on Ife Adeyi. The Bearkats then held onto a final NDSU offensive possession that ended in fourth place with an incompleteness in the SHSU end zone.
NDSU was also in the news last week after quarterback Trey Lance was voted 3rd overall on Thursday night by the San Franciso 49ers on the NFL draft. But Lance only played one game in early October before deciding to prepare for the NFL draft, so he wasn’t part of the equation on Sunday.
The bison had won eight of the last nine FCS titles, all in Frisco. NDSU defeated Sam Houston in the 2011 and 2012 championship games.
Brent Zwerneman is a contributor to the Houston Chronicle of Athletics at Texas A&M. He is a graduate of Oak Ridge High School and Sam Houston State University, where he played baseball.
Brent is the author of four published books on Texas A&M, three of which are related to A&M athletics. He is a four-time winner of the APSE National Top 10 Writing Awards for the San Antonio Express News, including a runner-up for breaking Dennis Franchione’s “secret newsletter” scandal in 2007.
His coverage of Texas A & M’s move from the Big 12 to the SEC also ranked third nationwide in 2012. Brent met his wife, KBTX TV newscaster Crystal Galny, at the Dixie Chicken before a 2002 A&M Texas Tech soccer game, and the couple have three children: Will, Zoe, and Brady.