Bearkats back on the big stage

After a week off to recoupe from injuries suffered in the game against the North Dakota State Bison, the Bearkats hit the gridiron this Saturday in their final non-conference game before Southland play begins.

This week, the Bearkats head to Stillwater to face the Cowboys from Oklahoma State.

“This is probably the best opponent we have on our schedule, so what we want to do is to be competitive and hopefully win the game,” SHSU head coach Todd Whitten said.

The Bearkats came within a few seconds of knocking off one of the top-ranked Football Championship Subdivision teams in the country on their home field. This is a game in which the Bearkats can see how well they compete against a Football Bowl Subdivision team.

“Any time you play in the non-conference part of your schedule, you just want to get better every week,” Whitten said. “That’s what I want us to do again. I want them to compete and just do their best.”

The Kats also look to keep their players healthy as they prepare for their Southland opponents.

“Another goal is to get all of our players back in one piece ready for conference,” Whitten said.

In the first two games, the Bearkats’ offense appeared to struggle against Division II foes, Angelo State and Arkansas-Monticello. But against North Dakota State, the offense showed the kind of firepower their capable of gaining nearly 500 yards of offense.

While this game is another opportunity against a Big XII team, it also presents Bomar returning to play football in the state of Oklahoma.

Bomar is sure to hear the incessant heckling at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday. Oklahoma Sate is one of the chief rivals of Bomar’s former school at the University of Oklahoma.

But Bomar must be able to tune out the crowd and the distractions to remain focused on the game

“It’s easy for me to block all that out,” Bomar said. “That kind of stuff doesn’t bother me. Up at North Dakota, their student section were all yelling.”

“It’s fun. It just motivates me more. I enjoy those atmospheres where everyone tries to put that pressure on you. It just gets your adrenaline pumping. I like it.”

Bomar will be sure to have the Bearkats ready for the challenge.

“I think everybody is ready,” Bomar said. “We’re not scared of anything. We’re up for the challenge and we’ll be ready to play. Kickoff for the Bearkats and the Cowboys is at 6 p.m.

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