The Sam Houston State University football team has a chance to make another statement in conference this Saturday when they host the Nicholls State Colonels (2-3, 1-0) for homecoming 2006.
The Bearkats are coming off of an impressive 30-20 road victory against Northwestern State. It was their second road win of the season and second in their last three games.
For only the seventh time in their 20 seasons as a Southland Conference member, the Bearkats won their league opener
D.D. Terry had yet another impressive game by rushing for 109 yards and a touchdown, including a 74-yard scamper on the first play of the game.
Brett Hicks also had his best game of the season by throwing for 299 yards and three scores. Two of those touchdown passes went the direction of Brandon Perry, who had a career high 198 yards receiving. Perry was also tabbed Southland Conference Player of the Week.
Saturday will mark the first time the Kats are back at Bowers Stadium since Sept. 9 when they played their season opener against Arkansas-Monticello.
The Kats are 12-8 in homecoming games at Bowers Stadium, and 32-39-1 overall in the annual game.
The Colonels are coming off a homecoming victory of their own, defeating Southeastern (1-5, 0-1) 14-10 in Thibodaux, La. The Colonels rushed for over 300 yards with Vincent Montgomery rushing for 116 of those on 15 carries. He was joined by Broderick Cole, who rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown.
The Bearkats and the Demons are meeting for the 22nd time. Nicholls State holds an 11-9-1 edge. Saturday marks a rare visit to Huntsville for the Colonels. Thirteen of the previous 21 meetings between the two teams have been played in Thibodaux. Sam Houston is 5-3 against Nicholls at Bowers Stadium.
A big reason for the Kats latest success has been the play of the offensive line.
The Kats lead the Southland Conference in fewest sacks. The offensive line has given up only five sacks in five games.
The last two games, there has not been a sack (and that includes a contest against defending national champion Texas). Tackles Lance Hancock and Brandon Hale, guards Ryan Dretke and Hunter Schmidt, and center Brennan Williams make up the starting offensive line for the Bearkats.
Last season the Colonels laid it on the Kats, defeating them 37-17 at Guidry Stadium. Sam Houston allowed 471 yards rushing, mainly through the option attack. Sam Houston managed to cut a 17-0 deficit to 24-17.
The Kats will host both Central Arkansas and McNeese State after Saturday’s contest.
The Nicholls State game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff.
There will also be tailgating and other festivities in the stadium parking lot.