The Sam Houston State University Bearkats earned a hard-fought victory Saturday night, defeating the Eastern Washington Eagles 45-42 in the NCAA Division I Football Championship semifinal.
The Bearkats did the majority of their heavy lifting in the first half, scoring 35 points and holding the Eagles to a goose egg at the end of the second quarter.
Despite a slew of hometown heroics from the Eagle’s freshman quarterback, Vernon Adams,
the game was within three points at the 3:04 mark of the fourth quarter for Eastern Washington, but the Bearkats never surrendered the lead.
In a late fourth quarter drive, running back and SHSU Online student Timothy Flanders broke three tackles with a minute left on the clock to earn a first down and secure the game for the Bearkats.
The Bearkats will travel to Frisco for the FCS Championship game against the North Dakota State Bison on Saturday, January 5.