Sam Houston State rushes to semis
Undefeated Bearkats rack up 428 yards on the ground
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Richard Sincere rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries as Sam Houston State piled up 428 rushing yards on Saturday in beating Montana State 49-13 in a Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal game.
The top-seeded Bearkats (13-0) will host Montana in the semifinals either Dec. 16 or 17.
Sincere caught two passes for 43 yards and a touchdown, while Torrance Williams rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown on five carries for the winners.
Brian Bell rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on four carries for Sam Houston State, and threw for 73 yards and another score.
DeNarius McGhee was 21 of 36 for 272 yards and a touchdown and Elvis Akpla caught six passes for 100 yards for Montana State (10-3).
The Bobcats reached the FCS quarterfinals by defeating New Hampshire 26-25 last week with the help of a blocked extra point in the final seconds.
Montana State had chances early but couldn't finish off drives, having two drives stall inside Sam Houston State's 10.
Sam Houston advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2004 -- when it lost to Montana. The Grizzlies (11-2) beat Northern Iowa 48-10 Friday night to advance to next week's game.
Montana State struck first after Na'a Moeakiola intercepted a Bell pass at the Sam Houston 34. Jason Cunningham connected on a 27-yard field goal for the Bobcats.
Sam Houston State responded with an 8-play, 81-yard drive that included Sincere's 56-yard run, and took the lead on Bell's 11-yard touchdown to Grant Merritt.
Montana State reached the Bearkats' 5-yard line early in the second quarter but settled for Cunningham's 22-yard field goal. Bell then ran 54 yards for a score to make it 14-6 Sam Houston State.
Cunningham missed from 46 yards midway through the second quarter, and Sam Houston extended its lead to 21-6 on Bell's 40-yard touchdown pass to Sincere that was tipped by Moeakiola.
Cunningham's 39-yard field-goal attempt was blocked by Preston Sanders as time expired in the half, leaving it at 21-6.
The Bobcats found the end zone to start the second half, as McGhee's 7-yard pass to Everett Gilbert capped a 77-yard drive. But the Bearkats' Brandon Closner returned the kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-13, and Sam Houston added two more scores in the third quarter.
Williams made it 49-13 with a 21-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.