After FCS playoff victories over No. 11 Southeastern Louisiana and No. 3 Jacksonville State, Sam Houston will take on No. 5 Villanova at 12 noon (Central Time) Saturday, December 13 at 12,000 seat Villanova Stadium in Pennsylvania.
The game is one of four quarterfinal match-ups in the FCS playoffs this weekend.
In the top half of the draw, No. 1 seed New Hampshire hosts No. 8 Chattanooga on Friday at 7 p.m. Central and No. 4 Eastern Washington meets No. 5 Illinois State on Saturday at 3 p.m. Central in Cheney, Washington.
The Sam Houston-Villanova winner will face the victor of the bout matching No. 7 Coastal Carolina with No. 2 seed North Dakota State in the Fargo Dome Saturday at 11 a.m. Central.
The 10-4 Bearkats are the only FCS first round participant that have battled their way into the quarterfinals.
Villanova, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), brings an 11-2 record into Saturday’s contest. The Wildcats’ only losses – both by just one point – were to Syracuse 27-26 in two overtimes and to Richmond 10-9. Villanova was the runner-up to No. 1 New Hampshire in the CAA final standings with a 7-1 league mark.
Quarterback John Robertson, the CAA “Offensive Player of the Year”, leads the Nova offense.
Andy Talley, the Wildcats head coach, owns a 215-127-1 record in his 30 seasons at Villanova. The Wildcats are making their 11th appearance in FCS post-season play. Villanova defeated Montana in the championship finals in 2009.
Results from Saturday’s play in the FCS Round of 16:
#1 New Hampshire 44, Fordham 19
#8 Chattanooga 35, Indiana St. 14
#5 Illinois State 41, Northern Iowa 21
#4 Eastern Washington 37, Montana 20
Sam Houston 37, #3 Jacksonville State 26
#6 Villanova 29, Liberty 22
#7 Coastal Carolina 36, Richmond 15
#2 North Dakota St. 27, South Dakota St. 24