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Bearkats No. 2 In Final FCS Poll
Courtesy: GoBearkats.com
Release: 01/09/2012
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Sam Houston State University stands No. 2 in the final Sports Network NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision poll of the 2011 season.

The No. 2 finish stands as the Bearkat football program's highest final FCS national poll standing in SHSU's 24 years of competition at the NCAA Division I football level.

The Bearkats, who were predicted to finish fourth in the 2011 Southland Conference race, produced a 14-1 season record -- the most victories ever in one season in 96 years of Sam Houston State football. Those 14 wins included victories over five nationally ranked FCS opponents and one FBS foe (New Mexico).

Sam Houston won the Southland Conference championship with a perfect 7-0 record. 

The 2011 Bearkats led the nation in rushing defense, ranked second in scoring defense and turnover margin, third in total defense and fourth in pass efficiency defense and scoring offense.

The final Sports Network +NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision national rankings:

1.

North Dakota State Bison

14-1

3125

2.

Sam Houston State Bearkats

14-1

2998

3.

Montana Grizzlies

11-3

2801

4.

Georgia Southern Eagles

11-3

2795

5.

Lehigh Mountain Hawks

11-2

2466

6.

Northern Iowa Panthers

10-3

2455

7.

Montana State Bobcats

10-3

2387

8.

Maine Black Bears

9-4

2105

9.

Towson Tigers

9-3

2058

10.

Old Dominion Monarchs

10-3

2009

11.

New Hampshire Wildcats

8-4

1869

12.

Appalachian State Mountaineers

8-4

1825

13.

Wofford Terriers

8-4

1651

14.

Central Arkansas Bears

9-4

1411

15.

James Madison Dukes

8-5

1307

16.

Harvard Crimson

9-1

996

17.

Delaware Blue Hens

7-4

961

18.

Stony Brook Seawolves

9-4

957

19.

Norfolk State Spartans

9-3

829

20.

Illinois State Redbirds

7-4

694

21.

Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles

7-4

669

22.

Jackson State Tigers

9-2

523

23.

North Dakota Fighting Sioux

8-3

371

24.

Eastern Kentucky Colonels

7-5

298

25.

Liberty Flames

7-4

215

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