HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State football team sent its senior class out in style and closed out the 2019 season in style with a 37-14 win over Houston Baptist on Saturday afternoon at Bowers Stadium.
Eric Schmid took the reins of the Bearkat (7-5, 6-3 SLC) offense by completing 34 passes for 420 yards and four touchdowns as the Kats raced out to a 27-0 lead in the opening half and kept the Huskies (5-7, 2-6 SLC) behind by double digits the rest of the way.
The win secures the 10th straight winning season for the Bearkat football program, a mark that is the longest in school history and is tied with North Dakota State for the second-longest active streak in all of FCS.
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Chandler Harvin was a big piece to the Kats’ successful passing day, following up his first 100-yard game one week ago with a career day. The Jacksonville, Fla., native hauled in 13 passes for 188 yards, including three touchdowns from Schmid. His first two scores came from 50 and 38 yards out to stake the Kats to a 13-0 lead, while his third touchdown came from 10 yards out and put SHSU up 27-0 midway through the second quarter.
He was one of four Bearkats to catch at least five passes on the day, including tight end Woody Brandom who closed out his Bearkat career with seven catches for 80 yards and his first career touchdown.
Noah Smith also had 70 yards receiving and added 20 more on the ground, while Alex Williams led the Bearkat rushing attack with 74 yards on 11 carries, the majority coming on a 44-yard burst in the fourth quarter.
The Kats finished with 561 total yards of offense, but the defense also did its part against a Husky team that ranked near the top of the FCS in scoring and total offense. SHSU held HBU to 389 yards of offense with just 22 of that coming on the ground. Husky quarterback Bailey Zappe, who came in leading the league in passing yards and touchdowns, completed just five of his first 20 passes before finishing with 29 completions on 64 attempts for two touchdowns.
He also threw a pair of interceptions as both Jaylen Thomas and Tristin McCollum came up with turnovers. McCollum turned in a huge day with a career-high 10 tackles, adding a sack and a pass breakup to his ledger. Jevon Leon and DJ Curtis also added sacks with Trace Mascorro coming up with two of the Kats’ nine tackles for loss.