Saturday, Oct. 13 • Natchitoches, La. • 6:07 p.m. • Turpin Stadium (15,971)
No. 15 Sam Houston State (3-2, 2-1 Southland) at Northwestern State (2-3, 1-2 Southland)
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HUNTSVILLE – The No. 15 Sam Houston State Bearkats have won each of their last two games and will look to make it three in a row on Saturday when they travel to Louisiana to take on Northwestern State at Turpin Stadium.
The game will be aired regionally on Cox Sports TV, and available via ESPN3 and the ESPN app outside of Cox territory. Lyn Rollins and Gary Reasons on the call, along with Carley McCord on the sidelines.
The game can also be heard on KSAM 101.7 FM with Kooter Roberson, E.P. Garth and Brian Adams bringing the action over the airwaves.
In a series that has been played 40 times since it began in 1929, the Demons and Bearkats are deadlocked at 20 wins each after the Kats claimed wins each of the past three seasons. This year Sam Houston will try to do two things it has never done before in its series history with Northwestern State, including winning against the Demons for a fourth consecutive season. The Bearkats have also never won in consecutive trips to Natchitoches, which it can also do on Thursday after winning in its last trek to Turpin in 2016.
WITH A BEARKAT WIN ...
- K.C. Keeler would win his 224th career game. He is currently 15th all-time among FCS head coaches, five wins ahead of former Wofford coach Mike Ayers and former SHSU coach Ron Randleman. With his next win he would break a tie with former Wagner head coach Walt Hameline who totaled 223 wins from 1981-2014.
- Keeler would also win his 50th game as head coach of the Bearkats and need just 1 more win to move into the all-time top 10 among Southland Conference coaches. He would also join former Bearkat coaches Ron Randleman, Paul Pierce, J.W. Jones and T.F. Wilson as the only 5 coaches in Bearkat history with at least 50 wins.
- SHSU would win its fourth game in a row over the Demons. The Kats have never beaten Northwestern State four times in a row in the history of the series that has been played 40 times and dates back to 1929. The longest win streak by one team in the series is a 6-game streak by the Demons from 1993 to 1998 that ended in a 21-0 Bearkat in in Huntsville in 1999.
- Sam Houston would win in consecutive trips to Natchitoches for the first time in the history of the series. The Kats won 48-16 in its last trip there in 2016, but in the history of the series the Kats have never backed up a win in Natchitoches with a win there in the following trip.
LEFTOVERS FROM A 54-21 OVERTIME WIN OVER STEPHEN F. AUSTIN ...
- Sam Houston won its eighth consecutive Battle of the Piney Woods, extending its win streak, which is currently the longest by either team in the history of the series. The Kats trailed 14-7 midway through the first quarter before exploding for 47 unanswered points to go up 54-14.
- DJ Curtis picked off two passes, including a 30-yard pick-six that gave the Kats the lead for good at 21-14. He is the first Bearkat to intercept multiple passes in a game since Mikell Everette had 2 INTs vs Central Arkansas in 2015.
- Ty Brock rushed, threw and received a touchdown in the win over the ‘Jacks. He is the first Bearkat to ever accomplish that feat in a single game and just the second to do it in all of Division I this year, joining Maryland’s Jeshuan Jones who did it vs Texas in the season’s opening week.
- Brock’s final TD throw of the day went to Nathan Stewart from 43 yards out. The junior wide receiver had 26 touchdown catches in his first two seasons, but Saturday’s catch was his first of 2018. The 43-yard strike also equaled the longest play from scrimmage for the Kats this year.
- Kyran Jackson also made his first career start in the backfield and proved why the Bearkat coaching staff is high on him. The sophomore from Fort Worth rushed 22 times for 90 yards, but also led all SHSU receivers with 8 catches for another 65 yards.
- Sam Houston’s defense continues to shine, and its turnaround year showed out on Saturday. The Kats had 12.0 TFLs and 6.0 sacks in the win, marking the first time SHSU has ever had at least 12.0 TFLs and at least 5.0 sacks in consecutive games.
- Derick Roberson capped his career in the Battle of the Piney Woods by setting career highs with 3.5 TFLs and 3.0 sacks. He played in 3 Battles, finishing with 15 tackles, 5.5 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles in those games.
- Davion Davis added another TD to his career totals on Saturday, catching the first TD of the day for SHSU. He now has 39 total TDs for his career, a mark that is fourth all-time at SHSU. His 34 receiving TDs are the most ever at SHSU and are just five shy of SFA’s Cordell Roberson for the Southland record of 39. Davis also needs just 56 more receiving yards to join teammate Nathan Stewart in the 3K club as the fourth Bearkat ever to reach 3,000 receiving yards.