HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State scored on its first play from scrimmage. The remainder was more of the same in a dominant Homecoming victory at Bowers Stadium.
The Bearkats defeated Lamar, 63-27, running their win streak to 16-straight games at its home facility, backed by its most first-half points (47) since putting 52 on Incarnate Word more than two years ago.
Seventh-ranked Sam Houston (6-1, 4-1 Southland) received a spark in its kick game, courtesy of a shifty 46-yard punt return touchdown from Davion Davis late in the second quarter. It was the first since Yedidiah Louis did so against Stephen F. Austin in 2015. The junior added a 54-yard return with 41 seconds remaining in the opening half, setting up a 20-yard strike from Jeremiah Briscoe to Tyler Scott that gave the Kats a 47-20 lead at the break.
After receiving the opening kick, Briscoe found Coree Compton for 57 yards down the right sideline to the house. The completion was the 600th career for Briscoe, who became Sam Houston’s all-time leader in passing, exceeding Brian Bell’s (2010-13) mark of 8,655.
Briscoe led Sam Houston to a score on 10 of its first 12 drives before exiting with 9:58 remaining in the third quarter. The opening touchdown also moved the senior ahead of Stephen F. Austin’s Brady Attaway, into sole possession of third in league history for passing touchdowns with 90.
Corey Avery added a pair of touchdowns, moving into sole possession of fourth place in Sam Houston career history with 31 rushing touchdowns. His final came with 12:48 left in the game and marked the second time in the last three home games the squad has exceeded 60 points.
Sam Houston’s defense created a pair of interceptions via Royce See and Zyon McCollum. The Kats raked in seven tackles for loss. Adrian Contreras led the way with 10 tackles while Sam Houston forced nine Lamar punts and held the Cardinals to 4-of-18 on third down.
Sam Houston’s 31 second-quarter were its most in a quarter since putting up 35 as part of a 76-0 victory against Houston Baptist on November 15, 2014.
Remus Bulmer’s 42-yard reception down to the Lamar 18-yard line with just over 11 minutes to play in the third quarter was a career high. The running back took the following play 18 yards to the endzone for his 12th career touchdown.
With 63 points, Sam Houston exceeded the 50-point plateau at Bowers Stadium for the 10th time under the direction of fourth-year head coach K.C. Keeler. The win was Keeler’s 214th career and 40th since taking the helm at Sam Houston in 2014.
Sam Houston eclipsed 600-plus total yards for the fourth time this season, matching the program record with as many times a season ago. Of the 18 times the Kats have accomplished the feat in program history, 13 have come since the 2014 season.
Tre Honshtein set a new career-high with three made field goals. The junior drilled a 22-yarder, 26-yarder and 46-yarder. It marked the most converted field goals in a game for a Bearkat since Luc Swimberghe made as many at Lamar on Sept. 27, 2014.
Sam Houston extended its dominance against Lamar, moving to 7-1 against the Cardinals since the institution brought back football in 2010. The Bearkats are now 15-2-1 against its in-state Southland Conference rival at Bowers Stadium.
The Bearkats head to Southeastern Louisiana for their first true road game in just over a month. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Strawberry Stadium in Hammond, La. Fans can watch the game on ESPN3 and through the WatchESPN app or listen on KSAM 101.7.
Opening thoughts from head coach K.C. Keeler on the victory…
“I think we played like we were hoping to play like. I swear I wonder why defensively we even practice because people give us so many different things compared to what they were doing previously in the season. I think they did a great job with their offense and he wasn’t happy with me for putting in our starters back in. But if I am going to put my backups in with a quarter and half to play and you going to score I’m going to put my starters back in to calm things down. They did a really good job in terms of schemes and really made our guys second guess their reads but we had a really good adjustments at halftime. The plan was to take advantage of the wind in the first half and we did. We also did a good job at the end of the game running the ball. Overall, I’m really happy with the performance of all three phases of the game. We took a few shots at longer field goals and Tre has been money.”
Head coach K.C. Keeler on one of the best executed game…
“Well this is one of the best with the Nicholls game. The Nicholls game is a culprit in our world because everyone sees us beat them the way we did even when they did what they did to A&M the week before. People think we should be rolling helmets out there but that isn’t how football works. I am hearing from people’s girlfriends, mothers, and brothers that they can’t be beat and we can’t think that way. Last week we lost the turnover battle two to zero, kickoff return for a touchdown called back, and a fumble inside the 2 yard line. Most of the time you would lose with that but we found a way to win.”
Head coach K.C. Keeler on the impact from Davion Davis…
“He fair caught one that he shouldn’t have caught and Coach Segler put him in the back burners for a while. With Yedi coming back next week he is going to have to fight for the return spot after how well Davion played today. That’s the thing about Davion is that you can play him in the slot, punt return, kick return and he will do very well. With Yedi being out he really had to step up in punt return and now that we have Yedi back we have way more flexibility back there.”
Quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe on the victory…
“It was good to get back out there and play cleaner. It’s something we emphasized all week. We can’t keep turning the ball over offensively. I thought we played pretty clean. It was an awesome team win but we can get better. There were a lot of missed throws. All-in-all, I think it was a good way to respond with the way we played offensively.”
Quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe on becoming the school’s all-time passing leader…
“I had no idea until (Jason) Barfield actually told me after the game. It’s a great feeling but I wouldn’t be where I am without my offensive linemen and receivers. These receivers make me look good catching balls and turning them into touchdowns. I am honored. What Brian Bell did here, it’s a truly a blessing.”
Adrian Contreras on facing Lamar’s offense…
“It was kind of tough because like coach said, they showed us something completely different. They had us at first but we have an incredible coaching staff on the sideline that made some adjustments. We were able to come out and eventually stop it.”