HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Tim Flanders rushed for 102 yards and the go-ahead touchdown with 1:01 remaining as Sam Houston State defeated Stony Brook 34-27 in a FCS second-round playoff game on Saturday.
Brian Bell threw for 161 yards and two TDs for the top-seeded Bearkats (12-0), who outlasted the Seawolves (9-4) in a wild fourth quarter in which the teams scored 17 points each. Sam Houston hosts Montana State (10-2), a 26-25 winner over New Hampshire on Saturday, in a quarterfinal game next week.
Flanders’ 7-yard TD run culminated a 10-play, 83-yard drive.
Stony Brook tied the score at 27-27 on Brock Jackolski’s 2-yard run with 6:37 to play. Jackolski rushed for 93 yards, and Kevin Norrell caught four passes for 114 yards and a score for the Seawolves.
Sam Houston led 20-13 after the teams exchanged field goals early in the fourth quarter. Stony Brook tied it on Norrell’s 3-yard TD reception, and the Bearkats took a 27-20 lead on Bell’s 80-yard pass to Trey Diller with 8:45 remaining.