Sam Houston St. 34, Montana St. 16

Brian Bell threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns and Sam

Houston State cruised to a 34-16 FCS playoff quarterfinal win over

Montana State on Friday night.

The Bearkats (10-3) took advantage of Jon Ellis’ fumble on a

first down reception to take control of the game late in the third

quarter. Montana State (11-2) had cut Sam Houston State’s lead to

20-9 on its first drive of the second half only to see the turnover

set up a short field and a touchdown pass from Bell to Chance

Nelson giving the Bearkats a 27-9 lead.

The Bobcats were dealt a blow early when senior linebacker, and

Big Sky Conference defensive player of the year, Jody Owens was

injured and didn’t return.

Montana State was also without the services of its leading

rusher Cody Kirk for most of the game.

Bearkats running back Tim Flanders had 106 yards on 31


Richard Sincere scored on a 12-yard run for the Bearkats in the

second quarter. Trey Diller scored on a 56-yard touchdown pass from

Bell, and Miguel Antonio tacked on a field goal to complete the

first half scoring and give the Bearkats a 20-3 lead.

Sam Houston will face the winner between Eastern Washington and

Illinois State.

Sam Houston State eliminated Montana State in the quarterfinals

for the second straight year. Last season, at home in Huntsville,

the Bearkats routed the Bobcats 49-13.