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Sam Houston faces a daunting task Saturday when the Bearkats and FBS No. 12 ranked LSU kickoff at 6:39 p.m. at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
LSU currently has the nation’s longest regular-season non-conference winning streak at 46 straight games. Les Miles is 36-0 in non-conference regular-season games as head coach of the Tigers.
LSU hasn’t lost a non-conference home game since 2000 when Alabama-Birmingham beat the Tigers 13-10. Since then, LSU has reeled off 40 straight wins against non-conference opponents in Tiger Stadium.
Miles is 28-0 in Tiger Stadium against non-conference opponents and he’s 41-2 overall against teams from outside the SEC since 2005.
LSU is 9-0 all-time against FCS teams.
Despite all those numbers, the FCS No. 12 ranked Bearkats look forward to the challenge they face.
“Everybody knows this is going to be a tough game, but if you don’t believe you can win the game, you shouldn’t get on the bus,” senior running back and team captain Keshawn Hill said.
With the expansion of Tiger Stadium to more than 102,000 seats, it’s expected that Saturday’s crowd will be the largest ever to see a Sam Houston football team play.
“Sure, when we come out on the field, it’s always cool to look up and enjoy the experience,” Hill said. “But, sooner or later you got to get down to business and play football.”
On Saturday night, Tiger Stadium will become the 5th largest city in Louisiana and will have more occupants than 50 of the 64 parishes in Louisiana.
“This is what we play the game for,” linebacker Myke Chatman said. “This is a great opportunity for us and exposure for the Sam Houston program.”
The contest will be televised on the new SEC TV network, Sam Houston’s second national telecast in three weeks
The Tigers are led offensively by senior running back Kenny Hilliard who post the fourth 100-yard game of his career in LSU’s opening win against Wisconsin with 110 yards and a TD.
Sophomore QB Anthony Jennings, in just his second start, completed 9-of-21 passes for 239 yards and a score last week.
Defensively, after falling behind 24-7 early in the third quarter, the Tigers held Wisconsin to just 32 total yards and two first downs, while forcing a pair of turnovers, on the Badgers’ final five possessions of the game. Junior linebacker Kwon Alexander led LSU with 8 tackles including two for losses.
“There’s no doubt, playing LSU is a great challenge for us,” Sam Houston head coach K. C. Keeler said. “The guys are going to enjoy the environment. It’s going to be something.”
Sam Houston and LSU have never met in football before. The game marks the 30th time the Bearkats have gone up against an FBS opponent.
The Bearkats feature the No. 3 offense in FCS, averaging 613.5 yards per and 43.0 points per game.
Sophomore quarterback Jared Johnson has thrown for 703 yards and five touchdowns and rushing for 95 more and another score.
The Kat attack features several top running backs including Hill who has 32 carries for 190 yards,, Donavan Williams 15 carries for 99 yards and Jalen Overstreet 11 carries for 83 yards.
Yedidiah Louis ((13 catches for 104 yards) and LaDarius Brown (9 catches for 110 yards) are Johnson's top targets.
Chatman and fellow linebacker Tristan Eche led the Bearkat defense with 14 stops apiece.
KSAM 101.7 FM will broadcast the game live in the Walker County area. The broadcast can be heard on the internet at www.gobearkats.com .
Following the LSU game, Sam Houston returns to Elliott T. Bowers Stadium to play host to NCAA Division II No. 4 ranked Colorado State-Pueblo at the annual Bearkat Family Weekend celebration Saturday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
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