Southeastern Louisiana defeats Sam Houston 30-29

Bryan Bennett marched his team 85 yards in six plays for the

winning touchdown with 36 seconds remaining as Southeastern

Louisiana came back to defeat Sam Houston State 30-29 Saturday

night and win the FCS second round playoff.

Southeastern Louisiana (11-2) advances to play New Hampshire

next week.

Bennett, who finished with 369 total yards and three touchdowns,

completed six consecutive passes on the last scoring drive. He hit

Jeff Smiley from one yard out for the score, the lead and the


Sam Houston (9-5) jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first

quarter. The Lions then scored 17 unanswered points to lead 24-21

at the half.

Sam Houston scored 8 points in the second half. Eric Fieilo

sacked Bennett for a safety before Brian Bell rushed for a 2-yard


Tim Flanders led the Bearkats with 82 yards rushing.