For the second week in a row, Sam Houston State will be featured in an ESPN national cable telecast.

This time its in prime time as the Bearkats play host to Montana in the NCAA Division I semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday.

Millions viewed the Bearkats' victory over Montana State last weekend.

"I think it's outstanding exposure for the university, for Huntsville and for our football program, in particular," Fritz said. "It's a tremendous honor. I told our guys that they ought to be proud, but when the game begins - we've been on TV quite a few times this year - it won't be a distraction for us.

"Having the game on Friday has shortened our week, but the team has adjusted well and we're on schedule. It's going to be exciting."

Georgia Southern will play at North Dakota State in the second semifinal on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. That contest will be televised on ESPNU.

Friday's game marks the second semifinal game between the Grizzlies and Bearkats. Montana won the previous meeting 34-13 in Missoula in 2004. Montana is making its 11th trip to the NCAA Division I playoff semifinals and brings a 7-3 all-time mark in semifinal games into Friday's contest.

General admission tickets priced at $15 each are on sale now online at or at the SHSU athletic ticket office located in the Ron Mafrige Field House at Bowers Stadium.

Sam Houston State students may purchase game tickets at the discounted price of $5 thanks to the contributions of local Huntsville and Conroe area businesses. SHSU student tickets will be on sale in the Lowman Student Center mall area through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Student tickets also are available at the Field House ticket office.

Fans who have pre-purchased tickets are urged to pick up those tickets (and parking passes if applicable) early. A special Will Call window will be open from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the Bowers Stadium West Side ticket office (located beneath in the press box facing campus) Wednesday and Thursday.
 •  Pre-purchased ticket Will Call Pickup Information

With Sam Houston commencement at 6:30 p.m. and the football game at 7 p.m. Friday, special parking areas for each event have been designated. 
 •  Commencement/Football Game Parking information

For more information, please call the SHSU athletic ticket office at (936) 294-1729 or visit the athletic web site at .

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