Again in 2013, the Sam Houston State University football team left its mark on the Bearkats’ record book.
Twenty nine school records were recorded during the Kats’ 2013 campaign that saw Sam Houston become one of only three teams in Football Championship Subdivision action to earn NCAA Division I Football Championship playoff berths each of the past three years.
The Kats’ nine victories in 2013 marked only the 10th time in Sam Houston’s 97 years of football that the Bearkats have rolled up nine or more wins in one season.
Six players on the 2013 squad – running back Timothy Flanders, quarterback Brian Bell, wide receiver Torrance Williams, punter Lachan Edwards, defensive back DeAntrey Loche and kicker Luc Swimberghe – combined to set 23 individual records. The squad as a whole set six team records.
During the past three seasons, Sam Houston has produced a overall record of 34 victories and only 10 losses, the most successful three-year run in the program’s history.
That time span has seen the Bearkats appear in the FCS national top 20 for 39 consecutive weeks and reach the NCAA Division I national championship game twice.
During the 2011, 2012 and 2013 schedules, 28 Bearkat games have been televised including 10 national telecasts on the ESPN family of networks.
Members of those three squads have posted a total of 61 individual Sam Houston school records.
The rundown of records established during the past 2013 season include:
TEAM RECORDS (6):
Consecutive FCS Playoff Appearances: 3
Longest home winning streak: 22
Consecutive weeks in FCS Top 20: 39
Consecutive weeks in FCS Top 10: 34
Single game rushing yards vs. FCS opponent: 450 (Eastern Washington)
Punt return yards, one game: 138 (Lamar)
INDIVIDUAL RECORDS (23):
Single Game (3):
Pass receptions: 13 Torrance Williams (Central Arkansas)
Punt return yards: 138 Torrance Williams (Lamar)
Longest punt: 70 Lachan Edwards (Southeastern La)
Rushing yards by senior: 1,348 Timothy Flanders
Rushing attempts by senior: 241 Timothy Flanders
Punt return yards: 424 Torrance Williams
Successful PATs: 73 Luc Swimberghe
Interception TDs: 3 DeAntrey Loche
Rushing yards: 5,582 Timothy Flanders
Rushing TDs: 65 Timothy Flanders
Touchdowns: 69 Timothy Flanders
Points: 414 Timothy Flanders
Rushing attempts: 978 Timothy Flanders
All-purpose yards: 6,208 Timothy Flanders
100-yard rushing games: 30 Timothy Flanders
Passing yards: 8,655 Brian Bell
Pass attempts: 1,077 Brian Bell
TD Passes: 84 Brian Bell
Total offense yards: 10,184 Brian Bell
Points responsible for: 108 Brian Bell
Quarterback victories: 39 Brian Bell
Rushing yards by QB: 1,529
Rushing TDs by QB: 23