HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Sam Houston State football maintained its top ranking in the STATS FCS poll on Sunday following its blowout win of No. 11 Central Arkansas and was selected as the No. 5 seed by the FCS Playoffs committee.
The Bearkats recorded their second 11-0 regular season in program history and will host the winner of Weber State and Chattanooga on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. from Bowers Stadium.
BUY PLAYOFF TICKETS
Playoff tickets go on sale at noon and can be purchased by calling the Sam Houston ticket office at (936) 294-1729. The athletic ticket office will be open from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday and tickets may be purchase in person, over the phone or online.
Tickets are $30 for reserved chairbacks, $23 for bleacher reserved and $18 for general admission. The first 500 student tickets will be complimentary from the Division of Student Services and may be picked up at the West Box Office of Bowers Stadium or on the LCS Mall Area on Monday or Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Once the tickets run out, they will be priced at $5.
Sam Houston, who received a first-round bye as a top-eight seed, leads the country in total offense (584 yards per game), scoring offense (54.2 points per game) and first downs (297). The Kats are second in passing offense (387 yards per game) and fourth in kickoff returns (25.11).
The defense has also made its imprint, forcing five Central Arkansas turnovers on Saturday while holding the Southland’s best rushing offense to 96 yards on the ground. The Bears entered the game averaging 227.9 yards per game in the category.
The Kats are 16-10 overall in the post-season and own the country’s third-best winning percentage (.615) in the playoffs. With its official announcement Sunday, Sam Houston will be making its sixth straight appearance in the FCS Playoffs and 10th overall.
Sam Houston has reached the FCS semifinals each of the last two seasons and qualified for the FCS title game in back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012. During the last five years, the Kats own an impressive 13-5 mark in the playoffs.
KATS RETAIN TOP SPOT IN STATS FCS POLL
In the STATS FCS poll, also announced Sunday morning, Sam Houston retained the top ranking following the statement win on Saturday. The Bearkats gained 111 of 151 first-place votes and 3,676 points to solidify the No. 1 spot for the sixth-straight week.
Head Coach K.C. Keeler on the seeding…
“We have a proven track record. We were the three-seed last year and the four-seed the year before. This is the best team we’ve had. We just took apart the No. 6 or No. 7 ranked team in the country. These kids love to play. All we’re worried about right now is Weber State and Chattanooga. Our kids won’t have a bracket. If we don’t win the first one, the season is over. You cannot think of looking beyond that. We’re excited to still be playing.”
Head Coach K.C. Keeler on having the bye week…
“The biggest thing in our mind was we really could use the off week. We’re a team that played 10 straight. One of the reasons I work so hard to get our guys off the field in the third and fourth quarters is because it is a long season – especially when you play a lot of snaps. Having the off week is the single most important thing for us.”
Head Coach K.C. Keeler on having a veteran group…
“This is not this team’s first barbeque. These guys have experience. They know how we handled our business the last two years. You can’t get caught up in what goes on nationally. I have seen too many teams lose being concerned about seeding or travel. We just worry about playing the game in front of us. I really like my team a lot. I think not only is the talent level there but the maturity and leadership. We’ve talked about getting that last 10 percent and I think there is a chance we’ve found it.”
Quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe on being the No. 5 seed…
“It’s the committee’s call and we just roll with wherever we are put. It doesn’t matter who, where or when we are going to play. We’ve been preaching all year that it’s all about us. I don’t know much about Chattanooga or Weber State but clearly they are in the playoffs so they are both really good teams. I have no idea what the rest of the bracket is. To us, nothing else matters.”
Defensive end P.J. Hall on being back in the playoffs…
“That experience will definitely help us. We have almost everyone back. We know what to expect. We are ready to go out and play. It’s a good thing to have that first playoff game here. We’re excited about that. We hope to get a big crowd and keep the wins going.”