Houston – Donavan Williams rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns, Corey Idlebird totaled 138 yards and two scores and Jalen Overstreet added 130 yards on the ground and two TDs as Sam Houston defeated Houston Baptist 76-0 Saturday.
The victory means that the Bearkats can earn no worse than a tie for the Southland Conference championship if they defeat Central Arkansas in SHSU’s season finale with Central Arkansas next Saturday in Huntsville.
The Kats, who won Southland titles in 2011 and 2012, are now 7-4 for the year and 6-1 in league play.
Williams scored on runs of 80, 24 and 56 while Overstreet tallied on scampers of 38 and 48. Cory Idlebird added touchdowns of two and 59 in the late minutes of the game in his first action as a Bearkat.
The Bearkats set a school record with 601 net yards rushing. The old school mark was 501 against Tarleton State in 1974. Sam Houston also broke the mark for most yards total offense with 823. The previous high was 655 against McNeese in 2004.
The 76 points stand as the fifth highest single game score for SHSU football. The school record is 83 against Brooke Medical in 1947.
Quarterback Jared Johnson, who played only the first quarter, complete six of 10 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns. One scoring throw was to Gerald Thomas for 38 yards and the other was for a 12-yard touchdown to LaDarius Brown.
Kicker Luc Swimberghe was successful on all nine point after attempts and remained perfect this season on field goals with scoring boots of 35 and 27 yards.
Ridgeway Frank got Sam Houston off to a good start with a 57-yard return of the opening kick. Two plays later, the Bearkats were on the board with a 38-yard scoring pass from Johnson to Gerald Thomas.
Jalen Overstreet dashed 38 yards for a touchdown with 11:39 to play in the first to complete a six-play, 86-yard drive after HBU punted after its first possession. A 30-yard catch by Yedidiah Louis opened the drive.
Trenier Orr set up the next Bearkat score, returning an interception 29 yards to the HBU 25. Five plays later Johnson hit LaDarius Richardson for a 12-yard scoring pass to build the SHSU lead to 21-0 with 7:48 to play in first.
Alfonzo McMillan picked of SHSU’s second interception just inside the 50. One play later, Overstreet took off around the right end for a 48-yard score. With only 8:09 gone in the contest and SHSU held a 28-0 lead.
On SHSU’s fifth possession of the opening period, Donavan Williams broke three tackles on the way down the right side of the field for an 80-yard score as the Kats went up 35-0 after 11 and a half minutes of action.
The Bearkats rolled up 313 yards total offense in the opening period with 212 on the ground and 101 in the air.
Luc Swimberghe opened second quarter scoring with a 36-yard field goal after a nine play, 56-yard drive 1:42 in the second to put the Kats up 38-0.
Don King III took over the offense on the next drive and the Kats move 96 yards in 10 plays with Williams scoring on a 24-yard run to put SHSU up 45-0 with 6:50 to go before intermission.
Swimberghe added a second field goal from 27 yards to complete a seven play, 58-yard drive with 2:50 left in the period. A 43-yard pass from King to Grant Finney to the HBU 9 was the big play of the drive.
Williams dashed 56 yards for his third tally of the 32 seconds before halftime on a two-play, 70-yard drive after a punt. Sam Houston entered the locker room at half with a 55-0 lead and 559 yards total offense in 30 minutes of action.
The scoring continued with 5:25 left in the third quarter as Cory Idlebird scored from the two-yard line to complete a seven play, 61-yard drive as SHSU went up 62-0.
Sam Houston ended the third quarter with 684 yards total offense, already a school record.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, De’Chaar Greer scored from the 11 to complete a six-play, 55-yard drive.