The largest crowd ever to see Sam Houston State play a football game witnessed a 56-0 victory by FBS No. 12 LSU over the Bearkats Saturday night in Baton Rouge.
A record 100,338 fans packed the newly expanded Tiger Stadium Saturday. The previous high attendance for a Sam Houston game was 88,913 fans at Memorial Stadium in Austin in 2006.
Sam Houston’s best scoring opportunity came late in the third quarter when Yedidiah Louis took a pass from Johnson 48 yards to the LSU 15. Two runs by James Overstreet gave the Kats a first-and-goal at the Tiger six, but the drive was stopped by an interception.
LSU outgained Sam Houston with 584 total yards to 206.
The passing combination of quarterback Anthony Jennings and wide receiver Travin Dural accounted for three of LSU’s first four scores on touchdown passes of 94, 28 and 18 yards.
The first touchdown came just one minute and twenty-eight seconds into the game after an interception at the six-yard line by Dwayne Thomas. The second completed a six-play, 59-yard drive three minutes later.
With 3:56 to play in the first quarter, Leonard Fournette tallied on a four-yard run after a nine play, 74-yard drive. Dural’s third TD catch completed a 12-play, 80-yard drive a minute and 38 seconds into the second period.
Brandon Harris took over at quarterback for LSU and led a six-play 81-yard drive that ended with Harris scoring on a 46-yard run 2:19 before intermission.
Darrel Williams upped the LSU lead to 42-0 with a one-yard score with 7:11 to play in the third after a Sam Houston fumble. Malachi Dupre caught and eight-yard pass from Harris to put LSU up 49-0, completing an 80-yard drive 52 seconds into the final quarter. Kenny Hillard scored on a four-yard run with 10:25 to play.
The game marked the 30th time since Sam Houston moved up the NCAA FCS level the Kats have faced an FBS opponent. It was the fifth time SHSU has squared off with an nationally ranked FBS opponent.
Sam Houston completes the non-conference portion of its schedule next Saturday against Colorado State-Pueblo.
Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium Saturday is 2014 Bearkat Family Weekend in Huntsville.