Pate’-iently waiting

Last Saturday, the Sam Houston State (3-5, 2-3) football team found salvation in the form of sophomore quarterback, Wade Pate.

Pate, who replaced transfer quarterback Phillip Daugherty, was called on in the first quarter to spark a struggling Bearkat offense. He did just that guiding the Bearkats to a 35-18 victory against Southland Conference foe, the Southeastern Louisiana State Lions (3-5, 2-3).

After two unsuccessful drives from the Bearkat offense early in the first, head coach Todd Whitten decided to make the change at the quarterback position. The change ignited a spark in the Bearkat offense. When the day was over, Pate was a part of all five SHSU scores. He threw for three touchdowns and ran in the other two.

“We were going to play both of them, that was our plan,” Whitten said.

Early in the game, it looked as if the Kats might find themselves on the wrong end of another conference game. The Lions drove the ball down the field and inside the SHSU 20 on their first two drives. The first resulted in a Lion fumble, the other a Lion touchdown.

After dodging a two-touchdown deficit, the change at the quarterback spot was made and the Kats never looked back. With the added help of a consistent running attack, the Bearkat offense was able to score four touchdowns before the Lions could respond late in the third quarter.

In the fourth, the Lions made one last threat at a comeback. Trailing 28-10, the

SLU offense drove the ball down inside the Bearkat 5 yard line. The defense managed to hold, forcing a turnover on downs and an opportunity for the Kats to put their opponents away for good.

On the ensuing drive, which started from the SHSU one yard line, running back Jason Godfrey broke free for a 36 yard run, moving the Kats well out of the shadow of their own end zone. A 15 yard personal foul was also called on the run, which moved the Kats half the length of the field with only one play.

Eventually, Pate capped off a 99 yard drive with his third touchdown pass of the game. The sophomore quarterback finished the day completing 16 of 22 passes attempted for 260 yards. He also added another 25 yards with his feet.

“He had a big touchdown for us,” said Whitten. “He brings another element of the big play.”

Next week, the Kats will put Southland Conference play on hold as they meet up with Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO.

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Pate’-iently waiting

Last Saturday, the Sam Houston State (3-5, 2-3) football team found salvation in the form of sophomore quarterback, Wade Pate.

Pate, who replaced transfer quarterback Phillip Daugherty, was called on in the first quarter to spark a struggling Bearkat offense. He did just that guiding the Bearkats to a 35-18 victory against Southland Conference foe, the Southeastern Louisiana State Lions (3-5, 2-3).

After two unsuccessful drives from the Bearkat offense early in the first, head coach Todd Whitten decided to make the change at the quarterback position. The change ignited a spark in the Bearkat offense. When the day was over, Pate was a part of all five SHSU scores. He threw for three touchdowns and ran in the other two.

“We were going to play both of them, that was our plan,” Whitten said.

Early in the game, it looked as if the Kats might find themselves on the wrong end of another conference game. The Lions drove the ball down the field and inside the SHSU 20 on their first two drives. The first resulted in a Lion fumble, the other a Lion touchdown.

After dodging a two-touchdown deficit, the change at the quarterback spot was made and the Kats never looked back. With the added help of a consistent running attack, the Bearkat offense was able to score four touchdowns before the Lions could respond late in the third quarter.

In the fourth, the Lions made one last threat at a comeback. Trailing 28-10, the

SLU offense drove the ball down inside the Bearkat 5 yard line. The defense managed to hold, forcing a turnover on downs and an opportunity for the Kats to put their opponents away for good.

On the ensuing drive, which started from the SHSU one yard line, running back Jason Godfrey broke free for a 36 yard run, moving the Kats well out of the shadow of their own end zone. A 15 yard personal foul was also called on the run, which moved the Kats half the length of the field with only one play.

Eventually, Pate capped off a 99 yard drive with his third touchdown pass of the game. The sophomore quarterback finished the day completing 16 of 22 passes attempted for 260 yards. He also added another 25 yards with his feet.

“He had a big touchdown for us,” said Whitten. “He brings another element of the big play.”

Next week, the Kats will put Southland Conference play on hold as they meet up with Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO.

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