Player on the North Dakota State offense’s two-deep who is under 6-foot – WR Ryan Smith (5-foot-7). He leads the team with 47 catches (for 519 yards and 3 TDs).
Team that can boast of playing on all three colored artificial turf fields in the NCAA – Sam Houston State played on Boise State’s blue turf in 1995, and competed on Central Arkansas’ purple turf on Sept. 22 and Eastern Washington’s red turf on Dec. 15.
Players on the North Dakota State roster from Florida – cornerback Brendin Pierre (Miramar, Fla.) (left); and linebacker Antonio Rodgers (North Miami Beach, Fla.).
Games in which North Dakota State has allowed more than 200 yards passing – 213 vs. Northern Iowa on Sept. 29; 207 vs. Illinois State on Nov. 17.
Top-10 statistical rankings for the Sam Houston State offense – second in Points (41.9 per game); fifth in Passing Efficiency (156.6); and sixth in Passing (184.1 yards per game).
Victories by Sam Houston State against ranked opponents in 2012 – No. 2 Montana State (Dec. 7); No. 4 Eastern Washington (Dec. 15); No. 12 Cal Poly (Dec. 1); and No. 21 McNeese State (Oct. 20).
Players on the Sam Houston State roster not from Texas – punter Matt Foster (Melbourne, Australia) (left); running back Timothy Flanders (Midwest City, Okla.); offensive lineman Chris Rogers (Littleton, Colo.); and tight end K.J. Williams (Norman, Okla.).
Games that North Dakota State played against teams currently ranked in the FCS Coaches’ Poll – No. 7 Georgia Southern; No. 9 Wofford; No. 15 Illinois State; No. 21 South Dakota State; No. 24 Indiana State. … The Bison play No. 5 SHSU on Saturday.
FCS top-10 statistical rankings for Sam Houston State – second in Rushing Defense (84.1 ypg); second in Points (41.9 pg); fifth in Passing Efficiency (156.6); sixth in Rushing (279.2 ypg); and 10th in Total Offense (463.4 ypg).
FCS-leading statistical categories for North Dakota State – Scoring Defense (11.43 ppg); Total Defense (223.29 ypg); Pass Defense (131.00 ypg); Time of Possession (34:39); First Downs Defense (11.93 pg); and Fourth Down Efficiency Offense (82.35 percent).
Victories by North Dakota State against FBS teams since 2006 – the most of any FCS school. The Bison are 6-3 against FBS teams during that time: 2-1 vs. Minnesota; 1-0 vs. Ball State; 1-0 vs. Central Michigan; 1-0 vs. Kansas; 1-0 vs. Colorado State; 0-1 vs. Wyoming; and 0-1 vs. Iowa State.
300-pound players, combined, on the North Dakota State and Sam Houston State two-deep (and all are offensive linemen) – NDSU: tackle Billy Turner (300); tackle Jason Pomerenke (310); guard Zack Johnson (324); and center Joe Lund (303). … SHSU: tackle Riley Smith (300); guard Joey White (305); and tackle Kaleb Hopson (300).
Games in which Sam Houston State scored at least 45 points – including a season-high 70 against Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 3. The Bearkats eclipsed the 50-point plateau six times.
National championships for North Dakota State – eight as a Division II member (1965, 1968, 1969, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1990) and one in the FCS (2011). The Bison are 44-14 in the postseason, including a 9-1 mark in the FCS playoffs.
Point-after-touchdown kick conversions by Sam Houston State’s Miguel Antonio on Nov. 3 against Southeastern Louisiana in the Bearkats’ 70-0 victory. He also had games with eight and seven, and five times had six PATs in a game.
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