Sam Houston State football dropped its fourth game of the season, and its first game in Southland Conference play, against Northwestern State on Saturday 31-27. Senior running back Keshawn Hill rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns, but it would not be enough for a Kats’ victory. Sophomore quarterback Jared Johnson was 8-22 and only threw for 85 yards and one interception. The Kats’ defense held strong, recording three interceptions. Senior safety Michael Wade had one interception with 13 tackles while freshman defensive end P.J. Hall picked his first pass off of his college career and finished with 1.5 sacks. SHSU is now in a four-way tie for third in SLC standings. The Bearkats will host Abilene Christian this Saturday at 3 p.m.